If you’ve driven through Walla Walla recently, you’ve probably seen them – different people standing on street corners, holding cardboard signs stating a desperate need and asking for your help. You may have slowed down, hesitated, wondering what to do.
As a committed and faithful agency that has worked with the poor and homeless in the Walla Walla Valley since 1946, we would like to share some options that are available to those that are seeking help or financial assistance from you.
No one in the Walla Walla area needs to go hungry.
- Christian Aid Center serves breakfast at 7:30 a.m. and dinner at 5:30 p.m. daily.
- Rising Sun Clubhouse serves lunch daily with a suggested donation of $1.00.
- Pioneer Methodist Church serves lunch on Monday.
- Vineyard Free Methodist Church serves lunch on Wednesdays and Fridays.
- St. Paul’s Episcopal Church serves lunch on Thursday from 11:30 – 1 p.m.
- Helpline, 16 S. Colville, provides vouchers to our local food banks.
- Veterans Services
- Veterans may receive help through the Jonathan Wainwright VA Center which offers mental health services, addiction recovery, medical treatment, and housing.
- Shelter Services
- Single men age 18 and over – The Christian Aid Center
- Single women age 18 and over – Helpline STEP shelter and YWCA
- Women with children – The hristian Aid Center/Family Services,
- YWCA, and Helpline STEP shelter.
- Married couples with or without children – The Christian Aid Center
- Single fathers with children – The Christian Aid Center
- Mental Health Needs
- Walla Walla Country Department of Human Services – 524-2920
- Walla Walla County Crisis Response Team – 524-2999
If you feel compelled to give monetarily, we would suggest giving to the agencies in town which already serve the poor and homeless. Often these agencies have an extensive history with the individuals requesting help and may be in a better position to determine if your gift would truly be helping or enabling the individual. God has commanded us to care for the poor, but He also cautions us to be wise stewards in our giving.