Anacortes Cold Weather Shelter Closed until 21 December (approximately)

The Salvation Army is in the process of hiring temporary workers to fill the midnight shifts at the Cold Weather shelter, and we expect the shelter to be open on/near 21 December.

Updates will be posted  at the Cold Weather Shelter website:

National Night Out – 7 Aug at 6PM

Anacortes Police Department
Tuesday August 7th, 2018 :: 01:19 p.m. PDT


National Night Out is Tonight

Please join us at Storvik Park, 1110 32nd Street, from 6-8PM for an evening to nurture the community-first responder relationships important to the success of our great community. Kids can enjoy the spray pad, displays, and contests. Adults, there’s something for you too–live music, community resources, and a flyover to name a few. We hope to see you there.

2018 Project Homeless Connect Orientations

From Isabela Ordoñez at Community Action (

Thank you for contributing your time and heart to building relationships, opening doors to opportunity, and helping our neighbors and their families get ahead. Project Homeless Connect would not be possible without your generosity of time and spirit. On behalf of all the service providers and guests at PHC, and on behalf of the Skagit Coalition to End Homelessness, we are grateful for your participation in this annual event that connects over 350 families to services in our community.

If you registered someone using your email address, please pass this information to them!

In Person Orientations:

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Anacortes Advisory Committee on Accessibility Issues

A note from Kirk Kennedy & Sylvia Cooper:

Exciting news for people with disabilities in Anacortes, their family & friends and those serving this community. 

Please consider attending this information meeting of Anacortes’ newly forming ACAC committee, whose mission is, “To improve the quality of life for residents and visitors with disabilities by eliminating or modifying barriers burdening them.”  To be effective, our ACAC needs input from people with a wide range of disabilities and those who support people with disabilities (spouses, caregivers, professionals, etc.).    Click here to visit ACAC webpage on City’s site.

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Island Hospital Classes and Screenings

Island Hospital offers a range of programs led by health professionals to help you get and stay healthy throughout your lifetime. Most of their programs are held at the Island Health Resource Center (IHRC) which is located in the brick building behind the heli-pad at Island Hospital.

Go here,,  to find a calendar of all the classes, screenings and special events.

18 April 2018 Meeting Notes

Thanks to Dan Green for transcribing these:

Guest speaker:

Tina Tate, Friendship House, Mount Vernon

Funded by Skagit County and individual contributions

A ministry that wishes to reflect the heart of God

  • Friendship House
    • For homeless in transition
    • Total staff of 7
    • Residents help
  • Friendship café –
    • central point for persons making 1sttime contact, all ministries
    • serves 3 meals/day, 365 days/year, 6,000 meals/year
    • facilitates 200 at a time
  • Hunger and Hope Program
    • Provides culinary training
    • 90% placement success
  • Barbara’s House
    • Low rent rooming house
    • 5 rooms
  • Cold weather shelter
    • Buses people to and from Friendship Café to 7thDay Adventist school gym
    • 1stcome, 1stserve
    • Limit 22 persons plus staff (fire marshal)
    • 3 paid time staff includes one security company
    • Many homeless have started governing themselves, and doing community service by picking up trash at targeted destinations
    • Not recommended for children
  • Other shelters that will facilitate both men and women
    • Combined ministries provide shelter for about 80 men, women and children daily
    • 1stcome, 1st No waiting lists
    • Public showers, laundry, clothing, personal needs provide

Other reports

Bus passes to Mount Vernon can be obtained at Anacortes Family Housing (staffed 7 days), Salvation Army, Anacortes Police Department, Anacortes Library

Love Inc – fundraiser dinner to be held at St Joseph Center, MV on May 11th

Anacortes Family Housing to have ground breaking event for new facility on May 17th.  AFH is currently full but their should be some openings in a couple weeks.  Also, AFH provides volunteer training one each quarter.  Next training to be approximately3rd week in June.

Anacortes Christian Center is purchasing food cards from The Market.  They hole punch the strip on the card which tells checkstand tellers