Health Support Center Bellingham, WA |

Sad News

With heavy hearts we announce the end of the Health Support Center organization of Bellingham & Whatcom County by year end 2016.

Due to severe fiscal constraints, the Board voted to permanently dissolve the HSC organization.

The community's constant support did not go unnoticed and we thank you for your generosity. Without it, we could not have helped so many local folks.

Good News!

NAMI Whatcom has been gracious enough to keep the doors open for some of the former members of the HSC. Thank you NAMI Whatcom!

  • Support

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

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

    • Community education programs
    • Skilled volunteers to assist in access issues
    • Research support

About the Health Support Center

Founded in 1989, the Health Support Center provided office and meeting spaces, furniture, equipment, and support services at no charge to its member organizations. This is made possible, in part, through the use of facilities provided by St. Joseph Hospital. Over 28 years ending in 2016, HSC took fledgling non-profits under their wing, taught them the basics necessary to operate their organizations and offered them space to call home. Many grew and left the nest for larger quarters.

At its peak, HSC provided direct services to twenty-three (23) member organizations and assisted in the development of an average of five new organizations annually.

Member Listing

Bellingham Gluten Information Group

BGIG provides support and information to those individuals and their families diagnosed with Celiac Disease, Dermatitis Herpetiformis, wheat sensitivities and/or Gluten Intolerance.

Web hold monthly meetings, please check our web site below for further information.


Kelle, Team Support Leader, 360-332-7435
or Mary Lou 360-734-4989.

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance

DBSA provides support and education for individuals that may suffer from bipolar disorder or depression. We also provide information and support to family and friends.


Larry Vanderpol: , 360-354-6841

Girl Scouts of Western Washington, Whatcom County

We are part of the Girl Scouts of Western Washington Council. We provide information, program and tools to help volunteers enrich girls' lives in Whatcom County. We strive to build girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place.

Local Service Unit:
Bayview Bellingham Service Unit Facebook:
GSWW Council:

NAMI Whatcom

NAMI Whatcom is affiliated with the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI). We advocate for improved treatment services and provide free education and support for people and their friends and families who are affected by serious mental illnesses -- “the whole family”.

Our Information:

P.O. Box 5571
Bellingham, WA 98227

Northwest Braille Services

Mission Statement:

NWBS is a nonprofit organization, whose purpose is to provide Braille materials, education, and information to individuals, groups, and/or agencies.

Description of Services:

  • Braille Transcription
  • Braille Book Loan
  • Braille Information Workshops (local)
  • Braille Transcriber Training
  • Resource Referral Service

Braillists of Northwest Braille Services are certified by the Library of Congress. We translate textbooks, menus, books, pamphlets, and other reading materials into Braille for individuals and agencies who contact us. A small library of Braille books and reference materials is available locally. NWBS serves as a resource to the community with educational workshops in libraries, clubs, and classrooms. We also offer referrals and suggestions to people who contact us about other related services.

For Further Information:

PO Box 234
Ferndale, WA 98248

Before ordering new transcriptions, see if it’s already listed at:

APH Louis:

See Also:

Washington Assistive Technology Alliance:

Our Treehouse

Colleen Haggerty, Executive Director, , 360-223-6681

Parkinson’s Disease Support Group


Bellingham: 360-724-3382, Blaine 360-332-4564.

United Blind of Whatcom County


c/o Holly Turri, President
483 Westerly Road #204
Bellingham, WA 98226

Associate Member Listing

Hearing Loss Association of Whatcom County

Mission Statement

As an all-volunteer, non-profit organization our mission is to open the world of communication to people with hearing loss by providing information, education, support and advocacy. We are a local chapter of the Hearing Loss Association of America.

Latest statistics suggest that 17% of our population has a significant hearing loss due to noise deafness, prescription drugs, and genetics. Of that 17%, about 3% are Deaf, use sign language, and have their own sub-culture. Our focus is upon the hard of hearing — helping ourselves manage our hearing loss so it doesn’t manage us. People who attend may not have hearing devices yet; others have hearing aids while some have cochlear implants. We learn from one another as well as from outside speakers with information, skills and resources that help us maintain and/or recover the quality of our lives.

We meet the third Saturday of every month from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. at Christ the Servant Lutheran Church, 2600 Lakeway Drive, Bellingham. Membership: 90; Attendance average: 50.

Don Gischer, President