Jefferson County Resource List (http://www.commerce.wa.gov/site/1157/default.aspx#jefferson)

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS (AA) meets daily in Port Townsend and Port Hadlock; for time and place, call 24-hour hotline, 385-0266. In South County, it meets at 8 p.m. Tuesdays at Quilcene Community Center, noon Saturdays and 1 p.m. Sundays at Brinnon Community Center, and 7 p.m. Thursdays (AA Book Study) at Seventh-day Adventist Church, 1.5 mile Dosewallips Road.

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS FOR WOMENmeets twice weekly in Port Townsend. Tuesday meeting is noon-1:30 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church, 1120 Walker St., call 385-7694. Wednesday meeting is noon-1 p.m. at Port Townsend Community Center, Tyler and Lawrence. Disability accessible, fragrance free, 385-1696.

AL-ANON for family and friends of alcoholics meets in Port Townsend on Mondays, noon-1 p.m. at Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 2333 San Juan Ave. (open to gays, lesbians, bisexuals, transgendered, and their friends and families), 379-0411; Mondays at 7:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 1202 Lawrence St. (lower level); Wednesdays, 7 a.m. at Alano Club, 1102-B Water St., 385-7098; Wednesdays (Al-Anon Book Study), 10-11:30 a.m. at Port Townsend Community Center, Tyler and Lawrence, 385-0240; Thursdays, noon at Alano Club; Saturdays, 9 a.m. at Alano Club. Port Hadlock meetings are at 7 p.m. Thursdays at Community United Methodist Church, 130 Church Lane, disability accessible. Call 24-hour helpline at 866-452-6973  www.wa-al-anon.org.

Al-ANON FOR WOMENmeets on Thursdays, noon-1 p.m. at Port Townsend Community Center, Tyler and Lawrence, for a meeting, study and discussion group. Disability accessible, fragrance free, 379-1696.

ALATEENfor teens and adult sponsors meets on the first Monday of each month, 7:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 1202 Lawrence St. (lower level), Port Townsend. Call 732-7118.

ALS (LOU GEHRIG DISEASE) Olympic Peninsula support group meets on the second Tuesday of each month, 1 p.m. at Sunland in Sequim. Persons with ALS, their caregivers and supporters cooperate on local needs, such as transportation and equipment, and share problems and solutions. Wes, ALS Association Evergreen Chapter, 425-656-1650 ext. 15, [email protected], or Sandra in Quilcene, [email protected].

ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION CAREGIVER telephone support group “meets” on the third Tuesday of each month, 7:30-9 p.m., for people to learn, share and gain emotional support from others who are also providing care to a person with dementia. The toll-free teleconference group is facilitated by Barbara Bridges. Contact Linda, 800-848-7097  or [email protected].

BEREAVEMENT SUPPORTgroup, for family members coping with loss, meets on the first and third Tuesday of each month, 2:30-4 p.m. in Jefferson Healthcare Building 29 second-floor sunroom. Facilitator is Karrie Cannon, 385-2200, ext. 4645.

BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT IN PORT LUDLOWmeets on the second and fourth Thursday of each month, 2:30-4 p.m. in the library of Port Ludlow Community Church, 9534 Oak Bay Road. Facilitator is Karrie Cannon, 385-2200, ext. 4645.

BETTER BREATHERS SUPPORTgroup, for people with lung and breathing problems, meets on the third Tuesday each month, 1-3 p.m. in Jefferson Healthcare Hospital Auditorium. Facilitator is Hilary Metzger, 385-2200, ext. 1220.

BIRTH TO THREE PROGRAMprovides information and developmental screening for children between the ages of birth to 3. If you have questions or concerns about your child’s development, call for appointment. In Port Townsend School District call 379-4539. In Chimacum, Quilcene or Brinnon school districts, call 379-1315 or 888-493-8190.

BREAST & CERVICAL HEALTH PROGRAM (BCHP) provides free women’s health exams, with mammogram and Pap test, for women older than 40 with limited income. Jefferson County Public Health, 385-9400, www.jeffersoncountypublichealth.org.

CANCER SUPPORTgroup meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month, 1:30-3 p.m. in Jefferson Healthcare Building 29 second-floor sunroom. Facilitator is Karrie Cannon, 385-2200, ext. 4645.

CANCER SUPPORT FOR WOMENgroup meets on the second Tuesday of each month, 2:30-4 p.m. in Jefferson Healthcare Building 29 second-floor sunroom Facilitator is Karrie Cannon, 385-2200, ext. 4645.

CARDIAC SUPPORTgroup meets on the second Wednesday of each month, 10-11 a.m., Jefferson Healthcare Hospital Conference Room B, on first floor by physical therapy. Facilitator is Judy King, 385-2200, ext. 1230.

CAREGIVERS SUPPORT group (combined meeting with Alzheimer’s support) for family, friends and caregivers of people with memory loss or medical debility, meets on the first and third Friday of each month, 10:30 a.m.-noon in Jefferson Healthcare Building 29 second-floor sunroom. Facilitator is Mark Cherniack, 385-2200, ext. 2015, [email protected].

CENTERING PRAYER GROUPmeets each Wednesday, 8:30-9 a.m., for a reading, 20 minutes of silence and a brief sharing at First Presbyterian Church, 1111 Franklin St. This ecumenical experience is a simple, ancient practice rooted in the tradition of silent contemplation. Open to all, 385-6190.

CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL HEALTH CARE NEEDS PROGRAM provides free service coordination and resource referrals for families of children with chronic health conditions. Jefferson County Public Health, 385-9400, www.jeffersoncountypublichealth.org.

CHRONIC ILLNESS/FIBROMYALGIA SUPPORTgroup meets on the first Wednesday of each month, 2:30-4 p.m. in Jefferson Healthcare Building 29 second-floor sunroom. Facilitator is Mary Fortman, 385-2200, ext. 2016.

CO-DEPENDENTS ANONYMOUS (CoDA), a 12-step fellowship of men and women whose common purpose is recovery from codependence and the development and maintenance of healthy relationships, meets on Tuesdays, 7-8:30 p.m. at Alano Club, 1102-B Water St., 360-566-2483 , www.coda.org.

CONSUMER CREDIT & DEBT COUNSELING SERVICES is a nonprofit agency offering free budget/debt consolidation, credit report advice and consultations. Laura Piper, 385-0555 or 888-862-2327  www.ccdcs.com.

CPAP USERS SUPPORTgroup for patients and their families meets on the first Wednesday of each month, noon-1:30 p.m. in Jefferson Healthcare Puget Room. Facilitator is Mary Fortman, 385-2200, ext. 2016.

DIABETES SUPPORTgroup meets for brown bag lunch on the fourth Tuesday of each month, noon-1:30 p.m. in Jefferson Healthcare Hospital Auditorium. Facilitator is Amber Benner, 385-2200, ext. 1240.

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE/SEXUAL ASSAULT PROGRAM of Jefferson County provides services to victims of sexual and domestic violence and their families. Services include 24-hour crisis line, advocacy-based counseling, support groups, children’s advocacy, information/referral, legal advocacy, medical advocacy, emergency shelter, public education and lending library, 385-5291, [email protected], www.dvsajeffco.org.

ECHHO – a non profit organization with volunteers to assist elderly, disabled and low-income people with free transportation to medical, legal, denta
l and other outings as well as over 30 types of chores.  ECHHO loans out medical equipment, walkers, wheel chairs, bath chairs, bed tables, etc., to those who cannot afford to buy or rent them. Services and medical equipment are free and assigned once a referral is received.  Call 360-379-3246 or email [email protected]

FAMILY PLANNING CLINIC, by appointment, provides women’s exams, birth control information and supplies, pregnancy testing and counseling, STD screening and treatment. Emergency contraception is available Monday through Friday at Jefferson County Public Health and noon-4 p.m. each Wednesday at Quilcene clinic. Call for appointment, 385-9400, www.jeffersoncountypublichealth.org.

FAMILIES OF LOVED ONES WITH DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES are invited to take part in two local groups. Parent to Parent meets regularly to share materials, resources and education as well as friendship and support. Parent Coalition is an advocacy group made up of groups of parents who have children or adult children with disabilities. Both are facilitated by Jenell DeMatteo, 379-8934 or [email protected].

FOOD ADDICTS IN RECOVERY ANONYMOUSis a 12-step program for overeating, bulimia and anorexia, offering support and safe assistance; there are no dues, fees or weigh-ins. Meetings are on Saturdays, 10-11:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church, 1202 Lawrence St., Port Townsend. Call 385-0318.

FOOTCARE PROGRAMis for individuals age 60 and older who can’t manage their own footcare, and those of any age with diabetes. Those younger than 60 with handicapping conditions may receive services at the discretion of the nurse. Cost is $15; call for appointment: Brinnon, 796-4350; Quilcene, 765-3321; Port Townsend, 385-9007; Tri-Area, 732-4822.

GATHERINGPLACE meets noon-2 p.m. Mondays, 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Tuesdays and 10 a.m.-noon Fridays at 430 Hudson St. to enrich the lives of adults with developmental disabilities through art and music activities, fitness, peer interaction and baking dog biscuits. Linda, 385-4172, www.gppt.org.

GED, ADULT BASIC EDUCATION AND ENGLISHas a second language classes are offered in morning sessions at Peninsula College, 385-4605.

GLUTEN INTOLERANCE GROUP OF NORTH AMERICA, Kitsap/Olympic branch, provides support for those with celiac disease through meetings and sharing of gluten-free recipes. Deborah, 344-4331, [email protected], www.gluten.net.

HIV/AIDS COUNSELING & TESTING provides anonymous and confidential HIV testing/counseling for those at high risk. Call for appointment, Jefferson County Public Health, 385-9400, www.jeffersoncountypublichealth.org.

HEARING LOSS ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA, East Jefferson Chapter, is dedicated to education, advocacy and self-help for hard-of-hearing people. It meets monthly at PT Community Center to offer information and support for people who do not hear well, their families and friends. Contact 379-4978 or [email protected].

HEPATITIS C SUPPORT group meets 7-8 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month at Whidbey General Hospital, 101 North Main in Coupeville, on Whidbey Island. Contact Janis, 360-678-6095 , [email protected].

IMMUNIZATION CLINICS Walk-in immunization clinics take place at Jefferson County Public Health on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1-4 p.m. TB testing available only on Tuesdays. Sliding fee scale. Children not denied services due to inability to pay. Parent-signed consents required for children, 385-9400, www.jeffersoncountypublichealth.org.

INTERNATIONAL TRAVELERS CLINIC provides immunizations and travel health recommendations, by appointment. No sliding fee scale. Make appointment one month prior to departure. Jefferson County Public Health, 385-9400, www.jeffersoncountypublichealth.org.

JEFFERSON COUNTY ANIMAL SERVICES offers help with animal bites, stray and unwanted animals, adoption, animal licenses and public education. Open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, 112 Critter Lane, Port Townsend, 385-3292, [email protected].

JEFFERSON COUNTY COUNCIL OF THE BLIND, a membership organization for blind and visually impaired persons and those interested in working with the blind, meets on the fourth Friday of each month, noon-1:30 p.m. Affiliated with Washington Council of the Blind and The American Council of the Blind. Sue Ammeter, 437-7916.

JEFFERSON COUNTY FOOD BANKS include
Port Townsend at 1919 Blaine St Port Townsend 98368, noon-3 p.m. Wednesdays, 531-0275;
Tri-Area at Tri-Area Community Center in Chimacum, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesdays, 732-0383;
Quilcene at Quilcene Community Center, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesdays, 765-0904;
Toandos at Coyle Community Center, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursdays, for home delivery call Pat, 765-3613;
Brinnon at Brinnon Booster Club, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesdays, 796-4444, 796-4366;
Hoh Tribe at Tribal Center, Forks, varied hours, 360-374-6582 5821;
Queets Nation at Tribal Center, varied hours, 360-962-2051 or 2061.

JEFFERSON COUNTY MASH CLINIC offers free medical assessment and referrals on Tuesdays, 7-8:30 p.m. in basement of Marvin G. Shields Memorial American Legion Hall, 209 Monroe St., Port Townsend. Joan Cole, RN, clinic manager, 385-4268, [email protected], www.jcmash.com.

KIDS’ PLACE offers supervised visitation and transfers, by appointment only, 3-5 p.m. Fridays and Sundays, and Saturdays by request, at Community United Methodist Church in Port Hadlock, for children whose parents are involved in divorce and custody disputes. Call 379-5776, 437-0505, 385-2155.

LA LECHE LEAGUE breastfeeding support group for pregnant and nursing mothers meets on the second Thursday of each month at 10:30 a.m. Newcomers welcome; bring your baby! Call for location, 385-5815.

LITERACY COUNCIL OF JEFFERSON COUNTY offers free, confidential, one-on-one tutoring to those wishing to improve their reading or math skills. GED preparation and English for non-English readers also available. Alta Crawford, 379-4716.

LOOK GOOD, FEEL BETTER helps women dealing with the physical side effects of cancer treatment. Sponsored by American Cancer Society, it provides assistance with skin, hair, nutrition, wigs and head wraps on the first Monday of each month, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in Jefferson Healthcare Hospital Auditorium. Register at 800-ACS-2345.

MATERNAL CHILD HEALTH SUPPORT SERVICES is a health promotion program for expectant parents and their young children, providing pregnancy testing and counseling, health and parenting education, support and referrals for services, including childbirth education classes. Jefferson County Public Health, 385-9400, www.jeffersoncountypublichealth.org.

MEDICARE, MEDICAID HELP is provided by volunteers with Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors (SHIBA) on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month, 10 a.m.-noon at Tri-Area Community Center in Chimacum. Call Margie Stewart or Mark Harvey, 800-801-0070

MEDITATION GROUP based on the teaching of Paramahansa Yogananda meets on the fourth Sunday of e
ach month at 2 p.m. Free and open to all adults and teens, 379-0719.

MENTAL HEALTH & CRISIS LINE provides help with mental health issues, from coping with everyday pressures to serious emotional problems, and psychiatric and medical consultation and evaluation. Outreach services, sliding-scale fees. Call 800-659-0321

MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS SUPPORT group meets on the first Tuesday of each month except July and December, 10 a.m.-noon at Port Townsend Community Center, Tyler and Lawrence. New members are welcome. Call JoAnna, 765-4443, or Bonnie, 344-3221.

NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS (NA) meets at 7 p.m. seven days a week as well as at noon on Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays at 711 Nesses Corner Road (at D Street) in Port Hadlock, below the T-shirt shop, around back. In Port Townsend, NA meets at 7 p.m. Sundays at 385 Benedict St., Suite B, and at 8 p.m. Fridays at Gray Wolf Ranch, 4148 Hastings Ave. (men only; call first, 385-5505). In Quilcene, NA meets at 7 p.m. Wednesdays at Quilcene Community Center. Call 24-hour helpline, 877-861-6156, wpsana.com.

NATIONAL ALLIANCE ON MENTAL ILLNESS (NAMI) meets on the first and third Wednesday of each month, offering support, education, advocacy and respect to those with mental illness, their families and friends. In the first monthly meeting, those with a mental disorder meet with families and friends; in the second monthly meeting, those with a mental disorder meet together while families and friends meet separately, 385-1716, [email protected], www.nami.org.

OLYMPIC MOUNTAIN PET PALS provides financial assistance to qualified applicants for spay/neuter of pet cats and dogs and feral cats (trap, neuter and return), emergency care for needy pets, and outreach programs including Pets to People and the READ program. Call 437-9085, www.ompetpals.org.

OLYMPIC PENINSULA SATSANG is a community of people who practice the teachings of Mata Amritanandamayi, or Amma, and who find joy in singing together and sharing the gift of service. The group meets on Saturdays at various locations, 385-9525, www.nwseva.com/olypen.

OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS 12-step group meets in Port Townsend at 5 p.m. Mondays (385-6854) and Fridays (379-1111) at Fenn House, 1020 Jefferson St., next to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, and at 9 a.m. Wednesdays (385-6854) at the Alano Club, 1102 Water St. All compulsive overeaters are welcome, no dues or fees, 379-1513, www.oa.org.

PARKINSON’S SUPPORTgroup for patients and their families meets on the third Monday of each month, 1:30-3:30 p.m. in the Jefferson Healthcare Puget Room. Facilitator is Mark Cherniack, 385-2200, ext. 2015.

PEER-IN TEEN PROGRAM is open to all high school students in Jefferson County. Youth-facilitated weekly meetings focus on healthy attitudes and behaviors, with health department staff guidance. Meets in Port Townsend. Jefferson County Public Health, 385-9400, www.jeffersoncountypublichealth.org.

PORT TOWNSEND ALANO CLUB is a non-profit organization designed to bring a message of experience, strength and hope to those seeking recovery from alcohol and drug addiction.  The Club hosts approximately 25 Alcoholics Anonymous meetings a week.; see schedule at www.porttownsendalanoclub.com.

PORT TOWNSEND/WEST SOUND TEAM SURVIVOR NORTHWEST meets weekly for walking and talking; place and time change with the season. Team Survivor Northwest is a nonprofit organization providing physical activities and sports-centered adventures for women cancer survivors. All fitness levels are welcome; see schedule at www.tsnw-pt.org.

PRAYER FOR OUR COMMUNITY, an ecumenical group, meets on the first Wednesday of each month for a brown bag lunch at noon followed by an hour of prayer from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Meeting location rotates among three local churches: March at Irondale Evangelical, April at San Juan Baptist, May at First Presbyterian, etc. Call 385-0233.

SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED DISEASE PROGRAM provides confidential services for men and women at risk, including diagnosis and treatment, prevention education, partner notification, and referrals. Sliding-fee scale. Jefferson County Public Health, 385-9400, www.jeffersoncountypublichealth.org.

SUNDAY SOUP is provided free each Sunday by community supporters, 3-4:30 p.m. at The Boiler Room, 711 Water St., 379-8247.

SYRINGE EXCHANGE PROGRAM provides anonymous walk-in syringe exchange clinics at Jefferson County Public Health, 1-3 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. Services include exchange of used syringes for new, secondary exchange, education/supplies for safer injecting, healthcare referrals, 385-9400, www.jeffersoncountypublichealth.org.

TEA PARTY FOR PREGNANT & BREASTFEEDING MOTHERS meets on Wednesdays, 1:30-3 p.m. at Jefferson County Public Health. Women meet and provide support for one another. Drop-ins are welcome, as are nursing infants and children, 385-9400, www.jeffersoncountypublichealth.org.

TOBACCO PREVENTION & CONTROL PROGRAM provides outreach and education to increase public awareness of harmful effects of cigarette smoking, smokeless tobacco and secondhand smoke. The program also promotes free Washington State Tobacco Quitline Services: 800-QUIT-NOW  and quitline.com. Jefferson County Public Health, 385-9400, www.jeffersoncountypublichealth.org.

TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly)of Port Townsend meets on Mondays, 5:30-7 p.m. at Church of Christ, Cherry and A streets. New members, old friends welcome. Call Ella, 385-3719, or Mary, 385-3110.

TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) 1108 of Quilcene meets every Friday at Quilcene Community Center. Weigh-in starts at 8:45 a.m.; meeting begins at 9:20. Call Julie, 765-3847.

TRANSITION YOURSELF NETWORK GROUP for job seekers, 10 a.m., Fridays, at Charles Pink House, Port Townsend Public Library. Info: [email protected] or 344-4608.

VASECTOMY REFERRAL PROGRAM is free for income-qualifying men who must be at least 21 years old and without insurance that covers vasectomy. Jefferson County Public Health, 385-9400, www.jeffersoncountypublichealth.org.

VETERANS SUPPORT group meets on Wednesdays, 10-11:30 a.m. in Port Townsend. Call Jan, 301-5424.

WOMEN, INFANT, CHILD (WIC) is a nutrition education and supplemental food program for low-income and nutritionally at-risk pregnant and breastfeeding women, infants and children younger than age 5. Services provided at Jefferson County Public Health and satellite clinics in Chimacum and Quilcene. Call for appointment, 385-9432, www.jeffersoncountypublichealth.org.

WSU 4-H JEFFERSON COUNTY builds youth leadership through community service and hands-on learning in technology, animals, arts, farming, leadership, alternative sports and forestry, and facilitates involvement of children with special needs. All programs are free to county youths in grades K-12. Pamela Roberts, 4-H coordinator, 379-5610, ext. 207.