Word from the Board President

The weather this April has been fickle.  Last week we had high winds interluded by rain and even hail storms.  Just when you feel like hanging up your old rain gear, the radio station in Seattle is declaring another rain front moving into south Seattle. The sun comes out on Whidbey Island and dries up all the rain. 

Marc Stroud
Pastor Marc Stroud is SPiN Cafe’s Board President.
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Stroud, Chapman advocate for SPiN

When February temperatures turned frigid, and most of Whidbey’s citizens hunkered indoors from the snow and bitter wind, it was painfully evident that winter is deadly dangerous for dozens of our neighbors.

St. Stephens hosts SPiN’s Day Shelter.

SPiN Board President Marc Stroud and Executive Director teamed up on an open letter to our city leaders, published in our local Whidbey News-Times. Many thanks to Pastor Marc and to Michele for your advocacy! Their letter reads as follows:


To Mayor Bob Severns and members of the Oak Harbor City Council: This week’s freezing weather has brought a long-standing community need to greater light.

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Volunteers needed!

SPiN Cafe is in need of Volunteers to work in our Day Shelter Monday through Friday. If you have a heart for giving and like working with people, we’d love to meet you!

We need you!

Please find our Volunteer Application on our website at Bring your completed application to SPiN Cafe, located at St. Stehpen’s Episcopal Church:

555 SE Regatta Dr., Oak Harbor, M-F 8 am to 4:30 pm.

If you have questions, please email us at

We look forward to meeting you, and thanks for making our community a better place.

SPiN kindness keeps on spreading

Seen around our beautiful island lately: A beautiful sentiment, and it does in fact look like it’s contagious.

A little warmth on a cold winter day. Get your sign and spread a little more.

Since SPiN introduced “Kindness is Contagious” yard signs in January, dozens of them have sprouted in lawns, gardens, walkways, and car windows all over our community.

Do you have your sign? They’re available at:
Oak Harbor Chamber office, 32630 SR 20
and at SPiN’s Day Shelter at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 555 SE Regatta Drive

We suggest a $25 donation to help us keep spreading kindness to those in need in our community.

Let’s have some fun with this! Pick up a sign, and send us a photo of it in your yard, parking strip, car window, or whatever creative place you can think of. Even tell us a story if you want. We’ll post your pictures on our social media with our thanks for your support.

You can email your photo to or message it to our facebook page.

Thanks for being a spreader!

A few more signs we’ve seen around lately:

President’s message

To the Donors and Supporters of SPiN Cafe,

Over the past few months we have seen great changes happening in the organization of SPiN Cafe. Because of the restrictive nature of the pandemic, SPiN has had to drop its identity as a cafe and transform its food distribution programs as nomads of sorts.  We are reaching out to Whidbey Island’s homeless population from the back of a car. We have been able to serve thousands of sack meals to our guests at Oak Harbor park locations. We have done this with the support of a large army of local volunteers who serve lunches out of their own cars, seven days a week. SPiN Cafe has maintained other services for our guests as well. Laundry vouchers and shower privileges have continued go out to our guests as well as gifts of toiletries, spare clothing and socks donated by the local churches.

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