Household Well-being

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Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.
           —The Lorax by Dr. Seuss  

Understanding the Need

San Juan County is at the high end for cost of living in Washington, and at the bottom of our state's pay rates. Fully 35 percent of our neighbors had insufficient income before the pandemic hit. With a 25 percent job loss over the summer of 2020, more people needed help for first time. 

Consider these statistics:

  • Over a third of residents living in San Juan County do not have enough income for a basic survival budget for rent, food, child care, and other basic expenses. This means there are 1,100 children and adults on Lopez who are struggling to make ends meet.  [United Way/Pacific NW 2018 ALICE report]

  • San Juan County ranked 37th out of 39 counties for wage earning.

  • Fair Market Rent (FMR) in San Juan County is rated "very high" compared to the national average.

  • San Juan County FMR is more expensive than 80 percent of the rest of Washington state.

With the help of our extensive network of community service provider partners and resources, our caring staff takes a personalized approach to addressing each client's unique needs and circumstances. Read our 2020 Community Impact Report HERE

Household Assistance
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We are your neighbors! Come talk to us about how we can provide you with information, referral and application assistance for programs that provide:

  • Housing stabilization funds for rent or mortgage

  • Essential utilities 

  • Seasoned firewood

  • Personal care items

  • Unemployment and disability applications

  • Federal benefits programs

  • Transportation assistance including ferry vouchers, and referrals to Islands Rides or Medicaid Transport

Nourishing Food
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Nutritious eating is a cornerstone of health and well-being, highly valued in the Lopez community where our land and sea provide wonderful bounty. To ensure that our community has equitable access to healthy options, we provide the Lopez Food Share.

  • We are pleased to offer online orders so that you can choose your preferred fresh food items. Each week, Lopez Food Share opens online orders beginning at 1pm on Monday until 8am on Wednesday Online Order HERE

  • You then pick up your packaged items each Wednesday between at 11am-3pm at our drive-through facility located at 1008 Dill Road (next to Taproot Kitchen).

  • Walk-ups are always welcome. While you are not required to pre-order online, we encourage you to order ahead to ensure that you receive your preferred items.

  • We also offer Pop Up Friday. You shop the aisles and package your own items. No need to pre-register. Pop Up Friday is from 1pm-3pm weekly.

To connect with Lopez Food Share or see the weekly grocery menu options, please contact katherine@lifrc.org

Well-being
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Our team is ready to support with accessing and navigating health and wellness programs, including:

  • Health insurance enrollment

  • Breathe for Change Yoga and Mindfulness

  • Referrals to counseling supports and affordable therapy

  • Peer support specialists

  • Calm & Connection Toolkit for teens & trusted adults

To connect with services, please contact info@lifrc.org

Holiday Programs
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Thanksgiving Baskets 

Annual bounty boxes to ensure that every Lopez household can enjoy a seasonal harvest feast, with turkey, fresh local vegetables, homemade pie and more!

Spirit of Giving

For over 20 years, our generous community has come together to bring joy, make spirits bright, and help families fulfill their children's holiday wishes.  Look for the Holiday Giving Trees at businesses all over Lopez.  

Lopez Community Wellness

LIFRC is the first agency in Washington to offer Open Source Wellness (OSW), a lifestyle medicine program with four components: MOVE (physical activity), NOURISH (healthy meals), CONNECT (social support) and BE (stress reduction). Community members were hired and trained as coaches. 

We currently offer two programs: Lopez Adults meets every Thursday from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., and Inter-island Youth (grades 6-8) meets every Tuesday from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sessions are currently being held online, but meals and in-person gatherings will resume in post-pandemic 2021.

To join OSW, please contact nikola@lifrc.org

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