North Kitsap - FaithLiNK
In 2009, a handful of North Kitsap churches were cooking and serving meals out of their individual church kitchens. That same year North Kitsap Fishline allied itself with these and other churches interested in starting meal programs and a coalition was born. Over time the name FaithLiNK was chosen by the group to signify its partnership and dedication to serving the community. FaithLiNK has grown to include nine churches, two local food banks and various programs concerned with youth, senior care and homelessness.
Contact: Rae Rodriguez
Download FaithLiNK Brochure for Meal Sites and more information.
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
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 been instrumental in building our services to Dayroom guests and developing an education program that will be available to our guests and the community.
Nadine Larose - Case Manager
Nadine is a student of the University of Southern California, and has come on staff as a case manager. Nadine has helped shape our program and is providing case management services to a large number of our Dayroom guests. Nadine a paid position staff member.
Joe Summers - Community Outreach Coordinator
Joe is currently serving as our Board Chairman and has now stepped into the position of Outreach Manager. Joe has worked with the county to adapt an ordinance that will allow for tent encampments. Joe is now responsible for all outreach ministries of the Mission.
Scott Borgens - Shelter Monitor
Scott came through our Fresh Start Program and has been a valuable member of our volunteer force. He was hired this year to help us run our overnight Safe Harbor Shelter. As a long term resident of Washington, he has a good understanding of the issues in the area.
Our Board of Directors
Joseph Summers - Chairman
Clark Pitchford - Vice Chairman/Treasurer
Michael Havers - Secretary
Mark Rambo - Member
Brenda James - Member
Jason Van Liew - Member
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mike O'Shaughnessy - Director of Operations
Mike coordinates all activity at the Mission, including the meal sites, kitchen and our mobile shower unit. He is also responsible for our Men's Fresh Start Program.
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.
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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.
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.
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.