Senate passes bill bringing social services into the smartphone age

‘Whole Washington’ app would connect people to the vast array of public and private social services across the state

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I’m excited to be working this year on a concept that brings social services into the smartphone era, with an app connecting people to the programs they need. I call this idea ‘Whole Washington,’ and I explain it in this week’s video update. You can see it by clicking here or on the video above.


Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Suppose someone came to you and said they needed help with rent, food, or a substance abuse problem. Where would you send them? That’s the idea behind ‘Whole Washington,’ a phone app that would connect people to our state’s vast array of community resources, both public and private. I am pleased to report the Washington Senate last week passed my bill (SB 5943) launching a feasibility study and laying the groundwork for this innovative approach to social services.

This seamless phone app would link people to everything from food banks to emergency shelters and state and local assistance programs. It would build upon the network of 211 call centers we have established in this state, and on our state’s efforts to establish a one-stop portal for those in need of public services. This program is designed for the whole of Washington, and it makes people whole. I’m proud to be promoting this concept in this year’s Legislature, and I hope you can take a moment to watch the video above.

Thanks for reading — it is an honor serving you!






Sen. Chris Gildon, 25th Legislative District

Deputy Leader, Senate Republican Caucus


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