Community Meal Schedule
Dinner: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, 4:00pm-6:00pm
Presently, SPIN Café serves 60 to 80 freshly prepared, hot meals nightly, three days per week.
Last year we provided 8,123 meals to hungry guests!
Our meal services are deliberately calibrated to the schedules of the other local agencies and churches that serve meals in the Oak Harbor area so that a meal is available six days a week
Our goal is to expand our meal service program after we complete a remodel of our facility, to include lunch seven days a week and dinner on the weekends.
Our partners in this endeavor include: St. Augustine Catholic Church, Oak Harbor Church of Christ, Flintstone Ministries, First Reformed Church, Christian Reformed Church, Oak Harbor Lutheran Church, Whidbey Presbyterian Church, Oak Harbor First United Methodist Church and the Oak Harbor Rotary Club.
Currently, our meals are prepared offsite in local church-based commercial kitchens and then brought down to SPIN for distribution.
In November of 2015, SPIN Café was awarded a grant from Island County Human Services to expand our services to include a drop in center with a trained staff member, skilled in serving the needs of those who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.
In March of 2016, SPIN Café hired our first paid staff member, a part-time Support Specialist.
This position is responsible for running the drop in program, providing resources and information to guests in need; in addition to staffing our new limited laundry service on Saturdays.
Our Support Specialist is certified by the National Center for Housing Management as a Certified Housing Program Specialist and is a Fair Housing Advocate as well.
In addition to housing and shelter referral services, SPIN guests receive beverages and snacks in an inviting environment while they access a variety of resources including: personal hygiene products free-of-charge, free books, wireless and internet services, shower passes, laundry services, and local information.
Available by Appointment
One of the biggest challenges homeless and impoverished individuals face in our community is the ability to take a shower and have clean clothes.
Poor hygiene affects a person's sense of self worth, their well being, their friendships, and their employment opportunities.
For that reason, SPIN strives to ensure our guests have access to this critical resource.
Free shower passes for North End Fitness are available for pick up at SPIN Café along with hygiene supplies.
In addition, we provide a limited laundry service by appointment.
Working with a local Laundromat, guests in need can sign up by appointment to do their laundry for free.
Check with SPIN staff to sign up for this service.
Available by appointment
SPIN Café provides vocational training in the food service industry.
While our vocational services are available to all, our target populations are those who are disabled, previously incarcerated, or are struggling with addiction.
For the last five years, we have partnered with the Oak Harbor School District Transition Program to provide training to young adults with special needs who want to work in the restaurant industry.
We have also, twice, partnered with Island County Juvenile Court Services to provide a summer intensive work experience for youth who have previously been incarcerated or are at risk of incarceration.
Many of our volunteers, both youth and adults, are in need of community service hours to fulfill school or probation requirements, and some of our volunteers are at SPIN because they need meaningful work to fulfill their time as they work to maintain their sobriety.
In addition to training, numerous volunteers go on to use SPIN Café as a reliable reference and work history for their résumé.
We are pleased to report that several of our volunteers have moved on from SPIN to regular paid employment as a result of the experience they gained working as a volunteer with our organization.
Robin Hubert Lamont