Letters to the Editor

NK Fishline can help during hard times

It was with a heavy heart that the staff and volunteers of North Kitsap Fishline learned of a neighbor who recently resorted to an attempted robbery in order to care for himself and his family (“Compelled by hard times,” page A1, Feb. 24, North Kitsap Herald).

This recession has hung on far longer than anyone could predict, and families who have been able to patch it together for years are growing weary and scared, perhaps running out of options and backup plans. We know after many years of helping troubled clients that when fear and desperation set in, it is very hard to think clearly, inviting an extreme example like this one to arise.

Fishline’s fervent desire is that circumstances never get to this point. We can help. We are more than a Food Bank. Fishline offers financial help for utility bills, rental/mortgage assistance or emergency housing. We helped more than 600 local households in 2011, who lived either in Poulsbo, Kingston, Keyport, Indianola or Suquamish.

Together with Fishline, local churches, businesses, civic organizations and individuals work to provide a sturdy safety net meant to catch anyone falling upon hard times. We want to be of assistance early in the economic turmoil, providing financial help and guidance for clients to take constructive steps in resolving temporary dilemmas but also to avoid future ones.

By visiting Fishline and meeting with our knowledgeable Client Services team, clients can gather a surprising array of options.  For instance, if you have served in the military, you may qualify for the Veteran’s Assistance Fund, which can entitle you to up to $900. Other benefits may be waiting to be discovered, needed now more than ever.

As a community, we must spread the word — don’t wait until the crisis keeps you up at night. Ask for help and allow this nurturing, caring community to get you through this. As we often see in our work, there will most certainly come a time when you can be on the giving side again!

Mary Nader
Executive director
North Kitsap Fishline Food Bank and Emergency Services

 

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