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Deb Enyeart - Office Manager

Deb has many years of experience as an Office Administrator at various local businesses. She has also served on the Board of Kitsap Rescue Mission and has volunteered at the Mission in a number of roles over the years.  Deb is a versatile and welcome member of our growing staff.

A Brief History

Mark Peterson - Ministry Services Director

Mark brings a wealth of work experience and experience working with the homeless as well as great compassion for those in need.  He has also served on the Board for the Mission as well as providing leadership for our meal sites.

We believe –

  • The Bible to be the inspired, infallible, authoritative Word of God. (2 Timothy 3:15-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21)
  • That there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. (1 Timothy 3:16; Matthew 28:19; Ephesians 4:4-6; 1 Peter 1:2; Romans 8:14-17)
  • In the deity and humanity of Christ, born of a virgin. His sinless life. His miracles. His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood. His bodily resurrection. His ascension to the right hand of the Father. His present rule as Head of Church and His personal return in power and glory. (Luke 1:30-35; John 1:14; 2 Corinthians. 5:21; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4)
  • God created man and woman in His image for the purpose of worship, fellowship and dominion of the physical realm. Male and Female He created them. (Genesis 1:26-28 )
  • Each child is a gift of God and is given life at conception. (Psalm 139:13, 127:3; Isaiah 44:2; Jeremiah 1:5; Luke 1:15,41; Galatians 1:15)
  • That marriage is the union of one man and one woman that creates a bond for the purpose of procreation, the care of their children, and being helpmates. (Gen 2:18,24; 1 Timothy 3:12)
  • That for the salvation of a lost and sinful mankind, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential. We are saved by grace through faith, not of works. That the sinner who repents and personally accepts the finished work of Christ on the cross becomes a child of God, is made a new creature, and is indwelt by the Holy Spirit. (Ephesians 2:8-9; John 1:12, 3:36; 2 Corinthians 5:17; John 14:17; Hebrews 9:11-14)
  • In the present ministry of the Holy Spirit, by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.(John 14:17, 26; John 16:13-15; Romans 8:14-17)
  • The Power of death is kept from those who put their trust in Christ...and that they will dwell with Christ forever. (John 14:3, Rev. 20:6, 14, 15, 22:1-5)
  • In the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ, with equality across racial, gender and class differences. (1 Corinthians 12:13; Ephesians 2:13-14)

Nadine Larose - Case Manager

Nadine earned her Masters degree from the University of Southern California, and after serving as an intern case manager has accepted an staff position.  Nadine has helped shape our program and is providing case management services to a large number of our Dayroom guests.

Nate Sylling - Shelter Manager

Nate has volunteered in our Dayroom for a number of months and brings a new level of confidence and calm to the Mission.  Nate will be managing the staff and volunteers who work at the Overnight Shelter and the Dayroom.

Rick Warfield - Capital Project Manager

Rick was a Board member who took on the challenge of organizing our capital project to retrofit the building at 810 6th st.  Rick is retired from Keyport where he was involved in project management.  Rick has now been hired as our Capital Project Manager.

Walt Le Couteur - Executive Director

Walt brings a depth of ministry experience and love for people.  He is passionate about meeting the needs of the poor and homeless of Kitsap County.

Glen Petroski - Facilities Maintenance

​​Glen has volunteered to do the maintenance of our building and his rich background in construction has made him an invaluable member of our team.

Our Board of Directors

Joseph Summers - Chairman

Clark Pitchford - Vice Chairman/Treasurer

Michael Havers - Secretary

Mark Rambo - Member

Brenda James - Member

David White - Member

Ron Finney - Member

Pam McCracken - Member

Ken Robinson - Member

Mike O'Shaughnessy -  Director of Operations 

Mike coordinates all activity at the Mission, including the meal sites, kitchen, Overnight Shelter and Dayroom. He is involved in the creations of Kitsap County's first managed tent encampment. 

Call Us: 360.373.3428 or fax: 360.627.9496

Amy O'Shaughnessy - Volunteer Coordinator 

Amy was in this position in 2010 and is returning.  She brings a real heart for the Mission and great energy. She is responsible for all volunteer contacts, training, and position placement. She will also be managing our new Volunteer Database.

Our Statement of Faith

Jeff Sanders - Shelter Monitor

Jeff has worked the Olalla Recovery Center and served in the Navy.  He brings understanding and warmth to our overnight guests. 

Alyssa Meeter -Development Assistant

Alyssa comes to us with a wealth of administrative and health care experience. She will be working closely with the Executive Director to manage our Development Department. She leads our Events Committee and is instrumental in developing our appeals and email communications. 

     The Kitsap Rescue Mission was founded in 2009 when two leaders from the Bread of Life Mission in Seattle recognized the need for help for the homeless on the Kitsap Peninsula.  In June 2009, Walt Le Couteur and Larry Cooney, who lived in Kitsap County, began planning for the Mission in Bremerton– Larry took the lead as the Start-Up Director.  The Bremerton Rescue Mission was born!  On October 23, the Mission served its first meal at The Hub on Wheaton Way.  There were only seven guests, but it was the start!  Throughout 2010 the mobile meal ministry expanded and on August 1, 2010, Walt Le Couteur took over as Executive Director. 
     Also in August 2010, the Red Couch Ministry joined the Bremerton Rescue Mission and we had our first Staff Member – Mike O’Shaughnessy!  Our mobile meal ministry continued to expand and then, in March 2011, we were able to open two Discipleship Homes for men in temporary locations, homes in foreclosure where we were given permission to occupy and operate.  In April 2011, we assisted in opening Georgia’s House, an Emergency Women’s Shelter also located in Bremerton. 
     In 2012, the Board of Directors made an important decision.  They believed that, since we serve the entire county, our name should reflect our whole area of service and not just one city.  So in March 2012, we officially changed our name to the Kitsap Rescue Mission.  As we became more well-known, other agencies working with the homeless and poor sought to work with us to expand both the Mission’s outreach and theirs.  Always wanting to cooperate with other agencies and organizations serving the homeless population, we took on two fiscal partners in April 2013, to expand our services and meal sites to the northern and southern parts of our county:  FaithLiNK, a group of service providers in the northern part of the county, and Bringing it to the Streets (BITTS), a meal program in Port Orchard.
     In October 2013, we opened a Winter Dayroom at 1003 5th St. in Bremerton to provide a place for the homeless to come in out of the weather for warmth, snacks and conversation.  In April 2014, we purchased our current building at 810 6th St. in Bremerton as the new home for the Mission.  The building is old and had been standing empty for more than a decade, so is in need of major repair and renovation. We received permission from the city and moved our offices to the new location in January of 2015.  Shortly thereafter, we also moved our Dayroom and our Donations Center to the new building.  In October 2015, when we reopened the Dayroom for the winter, we made the decision to make the Dayroom a year-round operation.  It has been a great blessing to many – guests and volunteers alike – since that time!
     In February 2016, we met another long-time goal of the Mission – to provide overnight shelter for homeless men, women, and children.  On February 22, we started providing showers (using our mobile shower unit) and shelter for men, women, and children seven nights per week! We were forced to close the shelter in May due to a lack of volunteers but reopened in November of 2016 with three new paid employees. The shelter now operates seven days a week.

Carolynne Bowlen - Shelter Monitor

Carolynne came to the Mission as part the Kitsap Community Resources Communiy Jobs program and has worked at our Shelter and Dayroom.  She has also worked at the Salvation Army and brings a great deal of experience in working with the homeless of our community.

Nancy Olsten - Outreach Director

Nancy came to us a a volunteer after serving at the Tacoma Rescue Mission and has a Doctorate in education.  Nancy has come onto our staff and  has been instrumental in building our services to Dayroom guests and developing an education program that will be available to our guests and the community.

Mary Le Couteur -Executive Assisant

Mary has over 20 years of secretarial work and is providing administrative assistance to the Executive Director and data entry. Mary serves in this position as a volunteer.

Meet Our Staff

Alina Keele - Veteran's Advocate

Alina Keele is our Veteran’s Advocate and to say she is passionate about helping homeless veterans is an understatement!  Alina brings joy, compassion, dogged determination, and perseverance to her job.