Local Resources

Below are some of the local resources available to seniors and people living with disabilities on Orcas Island and in San Juan County.

If you are unsure of the resources you or you loved one needs, begin with contacting Jami Mitchell or Heidi Bruce at San Juan County Senior Services.

San Juan County Senior Services

San Juan County Senior Service staff are dedicated to helping seniors remain independent and in their own homes for as long as possible. Some of the supportive services they provide include case coordination, community and home delivered meals, family caregiver support, respite care, and transportation assistance.

To reach Jami Mitchell, Orcas Senior Services Specialist, call (360) 376-7926 or email jamim@sanjuanco.com.

To reach Heidi Bruce, Orcas Aging and Family Case Coordinator, call (360) 370-0591 or email heidib@sanjuanco.com.


Meals on Wheels and More

Orcas Senior Center partners with Whatcom Council on Aging and San Juan County Senior Services to bring healthy meals to Orcas seniors and people living with disabilities on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Both home delivered meals and community meals are available for those in need.

If you are interested in signing up for home delivered meals, contact Jami Mitchell, San Juan County Senior Services Specialist, at (360) 376-7926 or jamim@sanjuanco.com.


Hearts and Hands

Orcas Senior Center’s Companion Services program matches caring volunteers with elderly and disabled adult members of the community for companionship and practical assistance.

To find out more, go to www.orcasseniors.org/hearts-and-hands, call John Slater, Hearts and Hands Coordinator at (360) 919-9318 or email John at John@orcasseniors.org.


Orcas Island Lions Club

The Orcas Island Lions Club Mobility Program loans quality used mobility equipment for people of all ages free of cost or by donation at Orcas Senior Center.

In addition, the Orcas Island Lions Club provides basic hearing assistance, eye examination and appropriate corrective eyewear assistance with their Sight and Hearing Programs.

Visit their website at orcaslions.org or call the Orcas Senior Center front desk at (360) 376-2677.


Orcas Caregiving Connection

Orcas Caregiving Connection provides a directory of local caregivers and information resources for care seekers, caregivers, as well as individuals who would like to become caregivers. This site can help connect Orcas Islanders who have caregiving needs with local Orcas caregivers.

Visit their website at orcascaregivingconnection.org.


Orcas Door to Door

Orcas Door to Door is designed to meet the needs of non-driving, homebound older adults and adults with disabilities on Orcas Island. The program is available to qualified riders who need door-to-door assistance to access essential services and social events in order to remain healthy and active within our community.

Call (360) 622-2929 for more information or visit their website at orcasdoortodoor.org.


Hearing, Speech & Deaf Center

The Hearing, Speech & Deaf Center in Bellingham, a nonprofit support organization for those who experience hearing loss and their friends and family. They offer a range of services, all of which are free, from information and referrals to consultations relating to hearing, communication, technology, and system barriers.

To schedule a free appointment or consultation, contact them at (360) 647-0910 or Bellingham@hsdc.org.

To read more about what the Hearing, Speech & Deaf Center offers visit their website at hsdc.org.


Orcas Island Food Bank

Orcas Island Food Bank maintains a food bank and provides a weekly community lunch for those in need.

To learn more, visit their at www.orcasislandfoodbank.org, call (360) 376-4445, or email orcasislandfoodbank@centurylink.net.


Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors (SHIBA)

Local SHIBA volunteer counselors, Pegi Groundwater and Michael Moss, assist with Medicare enrollment, choosing secondary plans, and affordable healthcare. Counseling is free of charge.

Call (360) 376-3184 or email pegigshiba@yahoo.com or xn28js@gmail.com for more information or to schedule a counseling appointment.


ImHurting Crisis Chat

ImHurting Crisis Chat is a 24 hour, seven days a week chat service offered through Volunteers of America Western Washington. They provide online emotional support during times of crisis.

Call (800) 584-3578 or go here to chat online


Safe San Juans

Safe San Juans provides domestic violence and sexual assault services for survivors and loved ones including support groups, crisis intervention and counseling, advocacy services, legal advocacy, and safety planning.

To find out more visit their website at safesj.org or call (360) 376-5979.

In immediate need? Call their 24-hour crisis line at (360) 376-1234.


OPAL Community Land Trust

The OPAL Community Land Trust mission is to help sustain Orcas Island as a healthy, economically diverse community by providing permanently affordable homes and support for islanders – families, seniors, and singles – whose house needs are not met by the traditional market.

Visit their website at www.opalclt.org, call (360) 376-3191, or email office@opalclt.org.


Hospice of the Northwest

Hospice of the Northwest is a nationally recognized hospice and palliative care team providing high-quality support and comfort, honoring each individual’s life journey in Skagit and San Juan Counties.

Visit their website at www.hospicenw.org , call (360) 814-5550, or email hospice_info@hospicenw.org.


Orcas Loving Care

Orcas Loving Care is an adult family home specializing in dementia care on Orcas Island.

Find out more at orcaslovingcare.com or contact them at (360) 317-4575, (360) 376-2463, or contactus@orcaslovingcare.com.