KITSAP GREAT GIVE

April 28th, 2014

Thank you to all 44 of you who donated a total of $3600 to us through the Kitsap Great Give on May 6.  With the matching funds the total will add up to over $4,500.

In order to enhance our presence and ability to prompt more of our supporters to give online next year, we are working on launching an online newsletter.  Watch for it in the next few months.

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OSO MUDSLIDE AND OTHER DISASTER RELIEF

April 2nd, 2014

The Salvation Army has been serving first responders and victims at the Oso landslide since the first day.  If you want to donate by check, please mark is Oso Musdlide Relief and send it to The Salvation Army, Northwest DHQ, 111 Queen Anne Ave. N, #300, Seattle, WA 98109.  For more information, please go to www.salvationarmynw.org

In most disasters the best donation is money.  Goods such as clothing and food are often expensive to ship and can be purchased more inexpensively at the site of the disaster.  Goods donated for disaster relief often pile up in warehouses awaiting shipment, and ultimately they may not even be needed.

If you want to donate for any other disaster relief, you can now do so in the following ways:

1. You can mail in your check to P. O. Box 886, Bremerton, WA 98337. Write the specific diaster you are sending relief for.

2. You can call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (725-2769) and make a credit card donation.

CAPITAL CAMPAIGN

July 20th, 2011

Although we have reached our goal of raising $3.6 million we, the delay in starting construction has caused costs to rise.  Our aim is to completely remodel our current building into a community center and build a new social services next door with  showers, laundry, a clothing bank and other services for the homeless.  See a complete description of the remodel below.

Demolition of the old Milt’s Donuts building is scheduled for April, 2014.  Construction of the new Birkenfeld Center/Sally’s Place should begin by June, 2014 and be completed within a year.  Phase 2, the remodeling of the old building, should be completed by the end of 2015.

Although the entire project will take more than 11 years from the original concept to completion, many miracles have taken place in the interim, leading us to believe that this is all being accomplished in God’s time and with His blessing.  Among the blessings have been the publishing of “Breakfast at Sally’s,” some completely unexpected financial gifts and many, many new supporters and awesome staff and Advisory Board members.

FOOD BANK NEEDS

July 30th, 2010

We are grateful for the influx of food and toiletries that we have received through the annual Mail Carriers’ Food Drive on Saturday, May 10.  However, the total amount collected was far below that of previous years, and we will likely run out of food much sooner than normal.

We have seen a big rise in the number of people using our food bank.  Many people who used to be supporters are now having to ask for help.  Many others who used to only come once or twice a year now come much more often.

Our food bank is always in need of basic food supplies and toiletries (listed below).  The spring and summer months are especially low times.  Please see the list below for food and non-food items that are always in great demand.

You may drop them off at 832 6th St. any weekday between 8am and 4pm.Our food bank is open every Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9:30am to 11:15am, and on Wednesday evenings from 4:00pm to 5:45pm.

 

canned vegetables, fruits and meats

pasta and rice

soups

dry and hot cereal

spaghetti sauce

juices

cereal (hot and cold)

diapers (especially larger sizes)

baby wipes

bandaids

toilet paper

shampoo

easy-open, ready-to-eat foods for the homeless

tents and sleeping bags

pet food

REMODELING IS MOVING FORWARD

April 1st, 2010

FINALLY!!   We have begun the first steps toward construction of a new social services wing of The Salvation Army in Bremerton.   We will construct a new building that will share a common wall with our present building so we can walk between buildings.  It will feature showers and laundry for the homeless, plus a larger dining room and state-of-the-art kitchen and food bank.

Our present building will be totally gutted and remodeled into an inviting church and community center.  It will house the food storage and a clothing bank, but its primary function will be to offer life skills classes.

The new building will be where we do the “Hand Out,” providing meals, food boxes, showers, laundry and other emergency services. The old building is where we will do the “Hand Up,” offering job training, financial classes, Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous meetings and more.

We expect to begin construction of the new building by June, 2014.  Once that is finished in about a year we will move our operations into that building while our current building is being remodeled.  All construction should be completed by the end of 2015.

HOMELESS NEWSLETTER

July 31st, 2009

The next edition of the homeless newsletter by Sheryl Piercy is now available.   Sheryl is always glad to receive ideas for news stories and other information for the newsletter.  You can post those here or send them to her directly at sheryl.piercy@usw.salvationarmy.org.  You can pick up your copy at The Salvation Army, most social services agencies and any food bank in the county.

“BREAKFAST AT SALLY’S” By Richard LeMieux

March 18th, 2009

“Breakfast at Sally’s” is a life-changing true story that helps people understand that the homeless are just “people without a home.”   Author Richard LeMieux tells how he slowly went from being “the man who had everything” to homelessness and near suicide to discovering a new life and new identity after coming to The Salvation Army (“Sally’s”).  With wit and great insight he describes the people and situations he encountered in 2 1/2 years of living in his old Oldsmobile mini-van and later in a church basement with his dog Willow.

After publishing his book in 2009 he is now in great demand as a speaker on the topic of homelessness. He receives letters of thanks from the homeless from all over the country as well as from those who have been inspired by his book to help the homeless.  You can reach him at his home north of Bremerton, Washington at (360) 698-5743.

The book is for sale in our office for $15. We are located at 832 6th St. in downtown Bremerton, near the corner of 6th and Warren.  We are open every weekday from 8am to 4pm.   You can also find it on amazon.com or in every public library in the country.

Serious plans are currently underway to make “Breakfast at Sally’s” into a movie.  One screenplay has already been written but it did not meet expectations, so another screenplay will be written.

Richard’s beloved dog Willow, died of cancer on Nov. 21, 2009 at age 14.

In the meantime, Richard has been speaking all over the country about his experiences.  He especially delights in making appearances in front of high school students and making them aware that many of their own classmates are homeless, making it difficult for them to do their homework, get enough sleep and stay clean.  He has tried to launch an informational campaign on this issue but so far has been unable to garner enough financial support.  If you are interested in helping Richard with this project, please contact Major Jim Baker at james.baker@usw.salvationarmy.org.  (Richard does not own a computer and therefore has no e-mail address.)

You are encouraged to visit the website “breakfastatsallys.com.”   There you will find a copy of the first chapter of the book and other information.