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.
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
Personal care items
Unemployment and disability applications
Federal benefits programs
Transportation assistance including ferry vouchers, and referrals to Islands Rides or Medicaid Transport
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 offer two food programs:
Lopez Food Share: our drive-through pickup center is open every Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 1008 Dill Road (next to Taproot Community Kitchen)
Weekly hot meals for qualifying households (usually people with vulnerable health conditions or special needs)
Drop-ins are welcome! No need to pre-register to receive assistance. To connect with Lopez Food Share or see the weekly grocery and hot meal menu options, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
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.
Open Source 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 firstname.lastname@example.org