With every individual that is in distress, there are three basic needs that must be met first. They are food, shelter and safety. Without these three items in place nothing else matters. KRM has been providing the first item, food, since its inception in 2009. In 2011 we took a bigger roll to meet the other two basic need of shelter and safety.
Our Fresh Start Program for men began in March of 2011, with two men who had been working with the Mission for several months. Since that time we have expanded this program to house eight men who where clean and sober and work ready. The men work four hours a day for the Mission if they are not employed and the remainder of the time they seek employment. Now we have been given a grant that will allow us to take in men who are not work ready and help them through there addictions, legal entanglements, family problems and other areas for their lives that keep them from successfully acquire and maintain a job. Our whole person approach will help them become restored in mind, body and spirit.
Fresh Start is made possible in part with support from
the Honeywell Charitable Fund
of the Community Foundation of the Rappahannock River Region
New Winter Day Warming Center! **NEW**
We have an opportunity we thought that you might like to take advantage of. On October 21, 2013 we are opening a winter Day Warming Center at our office building on the corner of 5th and Warren. This Day Warming Center will be open from 9:00 AM until 5:00 PM each day of the week, and weekends if we can find volunteers to run it. This shelter is designed to allow people to get out of the weather during the day this winter.
The Day Warming Center will be run very similarly to the Overnight Shelter and we will be conducting a training session on October 16th at 9:00 AM, at the site. If you would like to volunteer and take the training, please email me. This training will also apply to the Kitsap Community Shelter
We will offer clothing, hygiene shelter and snacks and once a week showers will be available. Breakfast and lunch are available at the Salvation Army just a block away. We will also have TV, games, books available. we will be offering bible study opportunities for those who whish to participate. We will also have connections to other services available and opportunities for men to apply for our Fresh Start Program.
Over Night Shelter
KRM is now working with a number of agencies and individuals to develop a temporary overnight shelter for anyone seeking a place. This will fill the gap we have for men, women and children seeking shelter when no other agency is open or available. It will be an opportunity to have individuals get connected to available resources and allow them the opportunity of having a warm, safe environment to rest while waiting for other resources to take effect. The shelter will be operated on the same model as Kitsap Department of Emergency Management's Winter Emergency Shelter but this shelter will be open every night. If you would like to Volunteer at the Shelter just download the Volunteer Application and send it to KRM, P.O. Box 1497, Bremerton, WA 98337, we will contact you about training.