Below are links to community resources for families.Please also visit our Community Assistance webpage for additional information during COVID-19 pandemic.
Ferndale Food Bank
Ferndale Bus Station / Park and Ride, 1671 Main St. across from McDonald’s, Phone: 384-1506
Hours: Mondays, Wednesdays, Saturdays 9 – 11 a.m.
St. Joseph’s Catholic Church
5781 Hendrickson Ave. Food Outreach Thursdays, 10 – 11 a.m.
Limited utility bill assistance, when funding is available.
Food Stamps (also medical and cash assistance)
DSHS, 4101 Meridian St., Bellingham, Toll free: (866) 777-6303
Ferndale Community Meal – 2nd and 4th Saturday each Month, 10 a.m. – 12 noon,
United Church, 2034 Washington St.
The Other Bank
City Hall Annex, 5694 2nd Ave, Tuesdays, 10am – 12 noon,
Soap, shampoo, toilet paper, laundry soap, toothpaste, etc. Contact your school's counselor or Kim Bunch for a referral.
Operation School Bell:
Free, new clothing, coat and shoes for Kindergarten through 5th grade. Please contact your school's counselor or Kim Bunch in Student Services at 360-383-9432.
$4 donation per month for clothing for the whole family, a variety of household items, some inexpensive furniture. Wed-Sat, 10 am-3pm, 3550 Meridian Ste C, near Bakerview 647-5415
Church of Christ:
6300 Portal Way, Ferndale: 384-6741, 2nd and 4th Saturday, 10 a.m. – 12 noon.
Back to Work Boutique:
1026 N. Forest St. (YWCA), Bellingham
Phone: 734-4820, Call for appointment, interview clothing for women.
207 Kentucky St., Bellingham. Phone 676-2164 Ext. 4005
Mon, Tues, Thurs: 9 a.m. – 12 noon, Friday: 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. Last Saturday of the month 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. Clothing, house wares, hygiene, diapers, baby supplies
Blue Skies for Children:
Provides “Little Wishes” program, bringing special one-time opportunities to children with fewer resources (camp, sports needs, etc.) Call directly to 756-6710
Bellingham/Whatcom County Housing Authorities: 208 Unity St., Bellingham, 676-6887
Opportunity Council (Homeless Housing Program): 1111 Cornwall, Bellingham, 734-5121
Ferndale Square Apartments: 2254 Main St. 384-4520
Ferndale Villa: 2348 Main St. 384-3304
Beacon Manor: 2308 Douglas Rd. 383-2286
DSHS: Medical Coupons, temporary financial assistance for low-income families, food stamps, 4101 Meridian, 714-4000
Interfaith Clinic: 5616 3rd Ave., Medical/Dental care for children, adults in pain, 752-7410
Sea Mar Clinic: (se habla Espanol) 4455 Cordata Parkway, 671-3225
St. Joseph’s Hospital – Charity Care: 2901 Squalicum Parkway, 715-6500
Lummi Tribal Health Center: 384-0464
Vision Assistance: Lion’s Club, 4141 W. Maplewood Ave. Bellingham
733-4911 or contact the Family Community Coordinator for a referral.
Counseling Hotline: 676-1022
Counseling Referral (for families with medical coupons): Call 1-888-693-7200 to get a referral for counseling services (for children and adults)
Catholic Community Services:1133 Railroad Ave., 676-2614, family support, parenting classes
Northwest Youth Services: 1020 N. State St., Bellingham, 734-9862
Counseling and support groups for youth/families, emergency shelter
Brigid Collins Family Support Center: 1231 N. Garden St., 734-4616, Healthy Family and Parent mentoring programs, counseling/support groups for child/family victims of sexual abuse
Rebound of Whatcom County: 714-0700, Love and Logic Parenting, tutoring, after-school care
Child Care: Resource and Referral Line, 734-5121, ext. 227
Headstart: 3 and 4 year olds, 734-8396
Lummi Headstart: 3 and 4 year olds, 2616 Kwina Rd., 384-2260