Counseling and Assistance

SOCIAL WORK   Social Worker Akira
Mondays, By Appointment ……… Free
Wednesdays, 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 social worker, Akira. He will be leading groups, providing informed help, support, listening and counseling, and will be active and involved here at the center.  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).

Support Groups

Diabetes Support Group
First Monday of the month  10:00 – 11:00 am
By appointment only, phone 206.297.0403 – No Cost

Low Vision Support Group (In-person) led by Mae and Jeanne
Second Monday of the month 10:30 – 11:30 am – No Cost

Parkinson’s Support Group led by our Social Worker Akira
Third Monday of the month, 11:30 – 1:00 pm – No Cost

First Thursday of Each month, 10 am – 12 pm by appointment only. No Drop-ins. Kylle Bernethy is an independent financial services professional who assists with financial questions related to IRAs, Mutual Funds, Retirement Income Planning, Health Insurance, Long Term Care Insurance and Annuities. Note: Registered Representative of and offering securities through PlanMember Securities Corporation.

2nd and 4th Thursdays
The law offices of Llewellyn & Shafer, PLL will be offering their legal expertise in elder law, estate planning, and more to our Ballard community members!  By appointment only.  Call 206-297-0403 and ask for Beth to help arrange an appointment.  Be sure to have relevant information/paperwork regarding your situation during your appointment.


The following are unavailable at this time

Art Therapy/Adult Coloring Group – Currently on Hold
Adult coloring can be very therapeutic.  Some days the group is quietly working away and other days the discussions become very lively.  No experience necessary and all supplies are provided

Friend to Friend Program – Currently on Hold. provides companionship, support, and assistance in your home.  Contact Social Worker Jennifer.

Morning Coffee – Currently on Hold. Join us each day for coffee, tea and morning goodies to get your day started on the right foot. All our morning activities are better with friendly conversation and baked goods.

Seattle Tinnitus Support Group  – Currently on Hold
Meet monthly at Broadview Library – Free
Hello everyone! We will be having our monthly tinnitus support group meeting soon. Please pass this invite along to anyone who might be interested in attending. Contact Keith Field to join this wonderful group by emailing him at

Home Assistance – Currently on Hold
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.

Job Bank – Currently on Hold
The Job Bank currently does not have volunteer drivers, house cleaners, chore workers, and very limited handyman services. Please contact Social Work Service for help with care-givers in the Friend to Friend Program.



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.

Support / Resource Referrals

You can connect with services through the city of Seattle by clicking this link:  Services and Programs Promoting Healthy Aging or calling (206) 684-0500, TT/TDD (206) 233-2778.  Just follow the prompts.  You will be directed to various services available to you in Seattle including the Gold Card and Age Friendly Seattle.

Aging and Disability Services
Services for older adults, family caregivers and people with disabilities in King County.  There are also various events and important information. (206) 684-0600

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.

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.
This is a list of valuable resources for eldercare.

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.

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.


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.

Meals on Wheels
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.


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.