Serving the Homeless:

KRM on the Front Lines

Updated Thursday, March 26, 2020 at 3:10pm

 

Kitsap Rescue Mission services are on the move!

On Monday night Governor Inslee issued a Stay Home, Stay Healthy order.  This is similar to orders that other governors, in places such as California and New York, issued last week.

This proclamation will:

  • Require every Washingtonian to stay home unless they need to pursue an essential activity.

  • Ban all gatherings for social, spiritual and recreational purposes.

  • Close all businesses except essential businesses.

How do the homeless Stay Home and Stay Healthy?

Through the tireless efforts of our County Commissioners, County Administrator and Parks Director, they found a place for us to shelter the homeless. 

Our homeless guests no longer need to leave each day. Our “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” Shelter takes up temporary residence at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds where we will offer our dayroom and shelter services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

This TEMPORARY move enables us to provide the following:

  • Expanded shelter. We will be able to take in 65 people who will then reside here for the duration of the emergency order.

  • Isolation area. If anyone has a fever or symptoms, we have a place where they can stay away from the others until we can seek medical services.

  • Meals. While still looking for support from community kitchens, we will be expanding our meal service to fill in the gaps for 3 meals a day, 7 days a week.

  • Home. For the time of the emergency order, our friends without shelter will have a home.

How you can help:

  • Volunteer. We need both kitchen and guest services volunteers. Kitchen volunteers will have no contact with our guests. Those volunteering for guest services will be provided with scrubs to change into, a face shield and gloves. If you are in a low risk category for the coronavirus and want to help, we’d love to have you join us.

  • Sew masks. Here's the link. We need thousands! These will be washed in bleach at high temperatures to sanitize, and reused. We need enough for every staff member, volunteer and guest. They don’t prevent you from catching the disease – but they prevent you, if you are a carrier, from spreading it, which is just as good. This is a great group project (ladies groups, youth groups, homeschooling groups – all of now right?) or anyone with a sewing machine.

  • Donate.  In order to meet the need for increased services we are temporarily DOUBLING our staff. The County, through federal emergency funds, will cover a great deal of this expense, but not all of it. We still need help from those still able to donate.

  • Shop. See our current needs list of packaged items that we need. We will be at our 6th Street Address on Mondays and Wednesdays 9am to 2pm to receive donations. Arrange a time with Ami Leach, aleach@kitsaprescue.org.

Our 6th Street location in Bremerton will act as a hub of support for offsite operations, but will not be open to the public except by appointment.

We wish to express our deep and continued appreciation to Captains Lance and Dana Walters, and all the staff at the Salvation Army who has graciously hosted our shelter since October. We will be continuing our collaboration as each of us will be hosting approximately half of those needing shelter in this area. We look forward to our ongoing collaboration with them and our other amazing service provider partners in the area.

Thank you all for your support! 

Nancy Olsten

Executive Director

Click the button below if you would like to give to the life saving work we are doing. 

A: Bag Storage Area

B: Children's Play Area

C: Dining Area

D: Shelter Security Center

E: Overnight Shelter Sleeping Pods

F: Dayroom Seating & Shelter

G: Quarantine 

area if needed

Visit our Shelter Updates page for past updates. Click Here.

 

 

Visit our FAQ page for general questions and answers. Click here.

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We Support Families

It doesn't take much to destabilize a family unit. Maybe it's an illness or injury, losing a job, domestic violence, or the exploding cost of housing and rent which can quickly outpace a families resources. Whatever it is, we are here to keep that family off the street. 

Recently a former guest said, 

"My daughter and I used to spend time here(KRM) in the day room while I was pregnant and homeless living in a homeless shelter! We moved back home and are finally stabilizing, but this place was our saving grace! Thank you for all your help and hope you gave us!"

You can help make sure families have a safe place to stay, a hot meal, and a warm bed to sleep in by giving now. 

Get To Know Us

Check out this video to learn about some of the great services we provide. 

We are the Kitsap Rescue Mission!

From our Front Desk that checks guests into the Day Room, to our kitchen that serves hundreds of meals a month, we are a family! Staff and volunteers come together to love, help and support people experiencing homelessness in Kitsap County. 

We believe we are better off together and if we use all that Jesus has given us,

we can do amazing things! 

 

So what's stirring in your heart?

Do you want to be a part of the KRM volunteer family? We would love to have you! 

For more information about volunteering, click here.  

Prayer Requests

We would love to pray for you. Please message us so we can lift you up! 

Kitsap Rescue Mission is a Washington State Non-Profit Corporation under IRS 501(c)(3) exemption and is registered with Washington State’s Charities Program as required by law.  Additional information is available by calling 800-332-4483 or visiting www.sos.wa.gov/charities  Registration #27830.  All donations are tax exempt.

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