Assistance

Resource Planning

These programs are available by appointment. Please register at the 2nd Floor Reception Desk or by calling 206.297.0403.

SOCIAL WORK   Social Worker Carleen
Mondays, By Appointment ……… Free
Thursdays, By Appointment ……… Free
Fridays, By Appointment ……… Free
Location: Social Work Office, Ballard NW Senior Center
If you need someone to help or just to listen, call the second floor reception desk at (206) 297-0403 to schedule an appointment. Welcome our new social worker, Carleen. We are so pleased to welcome her on board. She will be leading groups, providing informed help, support, listening and counseling, and will be active and involved here at the center.  To find out more about Carleen, read her bio on our Counseling & Support page. Our Social Worker is here to help you, your family, your friends and our community. The Social Worker has many services to offer (advocacy, emotional support, counseling, resource gathering, referrals, support groups, classes).

Financial

These programs are available by appointment. Please register at the 2nd Floor Reception Desk or by calling 206.297.0403.

AARP TaxAide   Volunteers of AARP
By Appointment (February – April) ……… Free
Location: Classroom 201: Board Room
AARP Foundation Tax-Aide offers free tax preparation help to anyone and if you’re 50 and older, and can’t afford a tax preparation service, we were made especially for you. We understand that retirement or other life changes may mean your taxes are a little more complicated now. With the help of our team of IRS-certified volunteers we make it easy for you. There’s no fee and no sales pitch for other services and AARP membership is not required.

FINANCIAL SERVICES   Kyle Bernethy
1st Thursday 10:00 am-12:00 pm ……… Free
Location: Check in at 2nd Floor Reception Desk, Ballard NW Senior Center
Kyle Bernethy is an independent financial services professional who assists with financial questions. Note: Registered Representative of and offering securities through Foresters Equity Services Inc. Member FINRA/SIPC.

PROPERTY TAX INFORMATION
Monday-Friday, 8:30 am-4:30 pm ……… Free
Information on the 2017 and 2018 King County Property Tax Information and Forms are available in the Harmony Dining Hall. Please stop by and read about how you or someone you know might save money on their property taxes. For questions please see our Social Worker Carleen

PROPERTY TAX ASSISTANCE   Social Worker Carleen
By Appointment ……… Free
Confused by the King County Property Tax Information? Want help filling out the forms or getting in touch with the King County Property Assessors Department or navigating their website? Make an appointment to see our Social Worker Carleen.

AVOIDING SCAMS & ID THEFT   Social Worker Carleen
By Appointment ……… Free

Medical & Legal

These programs are available by appointment. Please register at the 2nd Floor Reception Desk or by calling 206.297.0403.

LEGAL CONSULTATIONS  

Legal Consultations  Ballard attorney Sara Longley is the new owner of Ivy Law Group, PLLC, the law firm previously owned by Ruth Vogel.  Sara will take over as the regular volunteer attorney for the monthly legal clinic, advising on matters related to wills, powers of attorney, medical directives, and estate probates.  The legal clinic hours are every second Thursday of the month between 10 am and 12 pm.

2nd Thursday, 10:00 am-12:00 pm ……… Free & Low Cost
Location: Check in at 2nd Floor Reception Desk, Ballard NW Senior Center


SENIOR RIGHTS & MEDICARE   Jerry Keating
3rd Wednesdays, 9:00 am-12:00 pm ……… Free
Location: Check in at 2nd Floor Reception Desk, Ballard NW Senior Center
Jerry Keating assists with medical health insurance, healthcare issues, power-of-attorney, and wills.

VFW: VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS   Gail Engler
On Hold, contact VFW Post #3063 for to request assistance ……… Free
Location: Check in at 2nd Floor Reception Desk, Ballard NW Senior Center
Harold from the VFW is here to offer services to veterans. If you or someone you know has a questions please call 206.782.8618.

Technology

You can drop by the Computer Lab. All other Technology Assistance is available by appointment. Please register at the 2nd Floor Reception Desk or by calling 206.297.0403.

PERSONAL COMPUTER LESSONS   Alex Deadmond
Mondays-Fridays, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm ……… $40 Members / $80 Non-Members
Location: Computer Lab, Ballard NW Senior Center
Is technology difficult or frustrating for you? Do you wish someone would sit down with you one on one to help you understand your phone or computer? My name is Alex and through my one on one computer lessons we will sit down and make technology something that benefits your life and makes it easier. Whether you want to setup a digital calendar to remember your appointments, learn how to video chat so you can see family members that are far away or even if you’ve never touched a computer in your life but are interested I would love to help. Each lesson is tailored to each individual’s skill level and can be about anything technology related. About myself: I have a deep passion and curiosity for technology that started when I was a child. As I grew up I worked for several tech companies such as Apple, Best Buy and AT&T where I discovered how much I loved helping people and how helpful technology can be for everyone’s life. Unfortunately being in a retail space can be limiting and I wasn’t able to help people to the full extent that was necessary so I decided to go out on my own to give people the help they need and deserve.

FACEBOOK BASICS CLASS   Instructor Meghan Waiss
By Appointment ……… $30 for one class / $45 for two classes
Do you enjoy connecting with your family and friends and want to learn more about facebook? The facebook basics class helps you become comfortable maneuvering the website including building your personal profile, posting updates, photos, and more. If you already have a profile and just want to learn more then I can help you too! Mondays, 10:00am-12:00pm, By Appointment Only

COMPUTER LAB
Mondays, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm ……… Free
Tuesdays, 8:30 am – 12:30 pm ……… Free
Wednesdays, 8:30 am – 8:00 pm ……… Free
Thursdays, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm ……… Free
Fridays, 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm ……… Free
Location: Computer Lab, Ballard NW Senior Center
Ballard NW Senior Center provides open use of our computer lab, which offers secure, high speed internet and various software packages including the Microsoft Office. No accesses code is necessary and no registration is required. There are no computer time limits. Everyone is welcome on a drop-in basis Monday through Friday from 8:30 am-4:30 pm, with the exception of Tuesday afternoons and Friday mornings.

Home Assistance

You can drop in for the Job Bank or register for an appointment. Please register at the 2nd Floor Reception Desk or by calling 206.297.0403. All other Home Assistance is available through their websites. 

BALLARD JOB BANK   Program Coordinator –  Debby     Email: DebbyC@soundgenerations.org                             General Contractors and Handymen are needed for the Ballard Job Bank.  Please email Debby at DebbyC@soundgenerations.org if you are interested

By Appointment ONLY ……… Free Referrals
Location: Office, Ballard NW Senior Center

The Job Bank currently lists over 168 people who have listed their skills in everything from care-giving to home repairs. The Job Bank is a matching database that usually gives 3-6 referrals (if available).

SMOKE ALARMS FOR SENIORS
The Seattle Fire Department will provide and install free smoke alarms in your home. Contact them if you are a senior or have a disability, and own and live in a Seattle home. Please call (206) 386-1337 to get a new smoke alarm for your home.

MINOR HOME REPAIR
Service is available to homeowners in Seattle. It allows you to have a professional do minor plumbing, electrical, and carpentry repairs. You only have to apply once, and then can ask for assistance for 3 years. If you do not want to fill out the paperwork, they will even send someone out to do it for you. Cost: $10 per hour plus the cost of parts.
This is a service of Sound Generations at (206) 448-5751.

ELDERCARE LOCATOR   US Health & Human Services Dept.
Call 206.789.1217 for this service  ……… Free

PNA VILLAGES
We are partnering with PNA to bring this impressive program to Ballard. This is a great program providing many services for seniors to stay in their own community as they age. There are many services available and opportunities to volunteer. Community Partner: Phinney Neighborhood Association (PNA). You can reach this service at (206) 789-1217.

PATHWAYS INFO. & ASSISTANCE   Sound Generations
Call 206.448.3110 for this service  ……… Free

BALLARD URBAN REST STOP
Monday-Friday: 6:30 am-10:30 am (recommended time)
Monday-Friday 11:30 am- 2:30 pm
Located on 2014 NW 57th Street in Ballard the Urban Rest Stop provides services for people to wash their clothing and make use of their showers.

BRIDGE CARE CENTER
Tuesdays, 10:00 am- 2:00 pm

Thursdays, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
1st Saturday of the Month, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
3rd Saturday of the Month, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Located on 5710 22nd Ave NW in Ballard the Bridge Care Center provides men’s and women’s clothing rooms include shoes/socks, hygiene products, clothing, and sometimes gear like coats, blankets, backpacks, and sleeping bags.

Emergency Information

You can drop in for these workshops, no appointment is necessary.

 

Avoiding Scams

National Do Not Call Registry
The National Do Not Call Registry gives you a choice about whether to receive telemarketing calls. You can register your home or mobile phone for free.

Resource Referrals

Mayor’s Office for Senior Citizens
The Mayor’s Office for Senior Citizens provides programs and referrals to services that support independent living, social and civic engagement, and healthy aging to make a positive difference in the lives of older adults and adults with disabilities. Mondays to Fridays, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm. Call the Mayor’s Office for Senior Citizens at (206) 684-0500, TT/TDD (206) 233-2778

Pathways Information and Assistance
Finding the information you need when you need it is not always easy.  Sound Generations’ Pathways Information & Assistance Program provides a full range of information and resources to help King County seniors, people with disabilities, and those who care for them maintain independence and improve their quality of life. This is a service of Sound Generations at (206) 448-3110.

Sound Generations
Since 1967, Sound Generations (formerly Senior Services) has connected older adults and adults with disabilities in King County with vital resources. You can reach them at (206) 448-5757.

Ballard Alliance
The Ballard Alliance (formerly Ballard Chamber of Commerce) ensures our community remains a unique, clean and vital district for its visitors, residents, businesses and property owners.

Rotary Club of Ballard
For more than 110 years, Rotary members have been addressing challenges around the world.

ELDERCARE LOCATOR
US Health and Human Services Department. 1-800-667-1116 Free

FOOD ASSISTANCE

You can drop in for Food Pick Up, Weekday Lunches, and To Go Lunches, no appointment is necessaryAll other Food Assistance is available through their websites. 

FOOD PICK UP Thursdays, 9:00 am-12:00 pm
Location: Harmony Dining Hall, Ballard NW Senior Center
Provided by Ballard Food Bank and  Tall Grass Bakery

WEEKDAY LUNCHES Monday-Friday, 12:00 pm-12:30 pm
Location: Harmony Dining Hall, Ballard NW Senior Center
It’s been proven that being social and interacting with others is good for you. Balanced nutrition is important to your health and aging well. Join us weekdays for Community Dining’s delicious made from scratch healthy meal for your dining pleasure. The new Chef Lori prepares great soups and meals. Many Wednesdays an informative speaker follows lunch for your enjoyment. Come early and chat with others, take a class, work on the puzzle, exercise, read a book or volunteer. See you at the Center. Suggested Donation: $4 for 60 and up. Fee: $10 for those under.

TO GO LUNCHES
Monday-Friday, 12:30 pm

If there is extra food, you can request a To-Go Lunch to have later. Please remember to sign up again if you take a second lunch. The Center gets reimbursed on lunches served so if you don’t sign for the second portion, we don’t get reimbursed. Thanks. Suggested Donation: $4 for 60 and up. Fee: $10 for those under 60. Subject to availability.

MEALS ON WHEELS
Monday-Friday
provided by Sound Generations. Since 1967, Sound Generations (formerly Senior Services) has connected older adults and adults with disabilities in King County with vital resources. You can reach them at (206) 448-5757.

BALLARD FOOD BANK
Monday 2:00 pm-7:00 pm
Tuesday 11:00 am-4:00 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am-4:00 pm
Thursday 2:00 pm-7:00 pm
Ballard Food Bank offers a healthy assortment of groceries and services for individuals and families in a welcoming environment. They serve individuals from 98107, 98109, 98117, 98177 (Seattle addresses only), 98119, and 98199 zip codes.

LGBTQA RESOURCES

Pride Foundation
Pride Foundation is a regional community foundation that inspires giving to expand opportunities and advance full equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people across the Northwest.

HOSPITALS

Swedish Ballard Hospital
Dr. Nils August Johanson founded Swedish Medical Center in 1910 as Seattle’s first modern nonprofit medical facility.

MUSEUMS

Nordic Museum
The Nordic Museum is dedicated to the heritage of Seattle’s Nordic immigrants, Danish, Finnish, Icelandic, Norwegian and Swedish Americans. It was founded in 1980.

GRAND KIDS’S RESOURCES

Ballard Boys and Girls Club
A youth development organization with skilled, caring professionals who understand where every kid is coming from and help them shape their path toward a great future. Their innovative programs are designed to empower youth to excel in school, become good citizens and lead healthy, productive lives.

Big Brothers & Big Sisters
Big Brothers Big Sisters of America is a 501 non-profit organization whose goal is to help all children reach their potential through professionally supported, one-to-one relationships with volunteer mentors.