The Queen Anne Helpline was established in May 1982 by five community members concerned about the growing needs of many Queen Anne residents. Dick Rhodes, Senator Ray Moore, Pastor Eric Madsen, Dick Denham, and Reuben Sorensen noticed that some of their Queen Anne neighbors, especially the elderly, were having difficulty heating their homes and were hungry because they could not afford proper food. They pledged to do what they could to help improve the lives of their neighbors.
The Helpline has operated continuously, without interruption, since 1982, distinguishing us as one of the oldest private neighborhood social services agencies in Seattle. The model has been used as a template for other neighborhood based nonprofits, including the North Helpline and West Seattle Helpline. Pat Sobeck was Queen Anne Helpline's very first volunteer and it's Executive Director until her retirement in 2012, when Lisa Moore was selected as the new Executive Director. The Helpline''s success is also due to the work of many dedicated volunteers, board members, and community supporters.
Today the Queen Anne Helpline helps more than 3600 people every year with rent and utility assistance, support for continuing education and job training programs, emergency food services, and an adult clothing bank.