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Friends of Stella Maris is an affiliate of Bremerton St. Vincent de Paul

©2018 by Friends of Stella Maris

We meet people experiencing homelessness at their personal points of need by providing food, shelter, clothing, and basic clinic services. With these immediate needs met, homeless people can begin to learn how they can change their lives building on a solid foundation of faith. Stella

 

Maris House has a capacity of 22. Single women with children can stay up to 90 day, unless they have made other arrangements.

Sometime financial support is crucial in helping our residents on their way to get back up on their feet.  Financial support has been provided in the past for personal needs including car insurance, transportation, assessments and housing assistance.

More often than not, the fight against homelessness means supporting families and individuals who face multiple challenges. Increasingly, social service organizations and entities are recognizing the need for effective case management as a tool for providing the most effective and coordinated services.​

Thanks to the support of our donors we are able to hire a full time Case Manager who provides shelter services and appropriate supportive housing for homeless individuals or families, develop programs and resources and formulate case plans that promote moving towards self-sufficiency.

 

Our Case Manager also ensures the safety of all residents by implementing, monitoring and enforcing the rules and regulations of communal living and overseeing the maintenance of the buildings and grounds.

Access to mental health and substance abuse treatment programs in the community

On-site group workshops via curriculum developed uniquely for BSM by Holly Ridge and Kitsap Strong which address trauma, coping and communication skills, and parenting skills.

The visits are a way for us to continue our care and concern by ensuring the woman has settled into her new home. We also determine if the woman and her children have essential household items. Items provided have included furniture (beds, tables, and chairs), baby items, gas cards, kitchen tools, etc

Stella Maris House sponsors an evening once a month for women to get together in an informal setting and enjoy a treat, and talk about anything that's on their minds. Childcare is provided. Cocoa and Conversation is also used for special speakers to come and speak about topics such as financial management, local programs like YMCA, Goodwill as well as other topics that can potentially help women on a path to a successful independent life.