West Sound for Social Justice presents

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Sunday, April 15 @ 2:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Doors open at 1:30 p.m. and program starts promptly at 2:00
A local kick off to National Volunteer Week and Kitsap Great Give
With Moderator Josh Farley, Kitsap Sun
At the Bremerton United Methodist Church
1150 Marine Dr., Bremerton

Join us as we hear from the leaders in this work and learn how to support them in their efforts.


We will have three panel discussions, the last two each followed by an interactive Q & A with the audience.

Doors will open at 1:30 p.m. for mingling, coffee, and light fare, and the program will begin promptly at 2:00 p.m.


  • Dezerae Hamblin, Volunteer – StandUp for Kids
  • Gerald Harris, Currently-homeless
  • Richard LeMieux, Previously-homeless author, Breakfast at Sally’s


  • Bridget Callahan, Housing Solutions Center of Kitsap County
  • Kurt Wiest, Bremerton Housing Authority


We’ll conclude the afternoon with Monica Bernhard of Kitsap Mental Health Services, and a half-hour facilitated session to give our input on Kitsap County’s 2018 Homeless Housing Plan.

Make KITSAP HOMELESSNESS: IT’S ABOUT US part of your local kick off to National Volunteer Week (April 15 – 21) and Kitsap Great Give (April 24) as we take this opportunity to raise funds and supplies for

Find out what’s needed most here, and we’ll have collection barrels on site.

Food Bank Suggestions


We are also pleased to welcome special musical guest, Rick Cortes. Rick is an acoustic guitarist / singer / songwriter who arrived in Bremerton over a decade ago intent on starting a new life, but soon found himself homeless. His experiences moved him toward music with a conscience, and together with his “forever sweetheart” and co-writer Lana Taylor, he penned songs addressing societal injustices, including “Broken Man,” a song submitted for Richard LeMieux’s Breakfast at Sally’s film project. Retired from the Bremerton School District, Rick currently serves as a staff member at Benedict House.

Listen to some of Rick’s music below:

Interstate 45

Keeper of the Flame

Matters of the Heart

Broken Man

There is no charge for this event, but we appreciate any food items you might bring to support the Bremerton FoodLine. If you’re not certain of what is appropriate to bring, here is a list of possibilities:

Children are welcome at the event and an activity area will be available.

Also, visit our Facebook Event page to register:

Kitsap Homelessness – It’s About Us – Event Page

This event is co-sponsored by:

  • C.A.R.E Community Advocates for Restorative Practices in Education
  • Civil Survival, Kitsap Game Changers
  • Democratic Socialists of America
  • Kitsap Mental Health Services
  • Kitsap Progressive Action Network (KPAN)
  • Kitsap Strong
  • Kitsap (SURJ) Showing Up for Racial Justice
  • Kitsap Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (KUUF) Social Justice Committee
  • Partnering For Youth Achievement


To find out more about the current status of homelessness and affordable housing in Kitsap County, check out some of the documents below.

These documents also include a summary of related legislation passed in Washington state this last session, a Fact Sheet on Homelessness and Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders, an update on the Kitsap County Homeless Housing Plan, and a White Paper and PowerPoint presentation on Tiny Houses as one approach to addressing homelessness.

Presentation on Homelessness and Affordable Housing in Kitsap County by Kurt Wiest, Bremerton Housing Authority (pdf version)

Presentation on Homelessness and Affordable Housing in Kitsap County by Kurt Wiest, Bremerton Housing Authority (PowerPoint version)

2018 Legislation Summary2017 Annual Dashboard – Kitsap Homeless Response System Performance (pdf)

Kitsap Homeless Housing Plan – 2018 Update (pdf)

Fact Sheet on Homelessness, Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders (pdf)

Tiny Homes White Paper (pdf)

Kitsap Tiny Cottage Villages 10-16-17 (PowerPoint)

Are You Homeless? – Resource Guide (pdf)

How To Help People Living Homeless – December 2017 (pdf)

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