Founded in 1989, the Health Support Center provides office and meeting space, furniture, equipment, and support services at no charge to its member organizations. This is made possible, in part, through the use of two facilities provided by St. Joseph Hospital and the financial support of United Way of Whatcom County.

Mission Statement:

The purpose of the Health Support Center is to maintain and share a center, which provides office and other essential services to self-help support groups, advocacy groups, and/or independent advocates, who serve persons with health impairments or disabilities and/or caregivers of such persons.

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Currently, HSC provides direct services to twenty-three member organizations and assists in the development of an average of five new organizations annually. Call 360-733-6714 if you are interested in starting a support group, or if your group or advocacy service needs assistance with any of the following: meeting space, office access, referrals, or other needs.

Health Support Center Members provide:


  • Emotional support individually and in regular group meetings
  • Distribution of information
  • Personal assistance


  • Assistance in obtaining public services and benefits
  • Increasing professional awareness
  • Increasing awareness among government officials


  • Community education programs
  • Skilled volunteers to assist in access issues
  • Research support
Health Support Center is a non-profit charitable organization.
Donations are tax-deductible. Federal Tax ID. #91-1446443
For further information about the Health Support Center, please contact:

Health Support Center
P.O. Box 4124
Bellingham, WA 98227-4124
(360) 733-6714