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

©2018 by Friends of Stella Maris

I would drive around so my children would fall asleep and wouldn’t notice we were going to sleep in the car.

- Jade

The worst part of being homeless was having to worry about your safety. I felt really bad not able to provide for my children as much as I could. Not having a stable home they would often ask me:  where are we going? How come there are all those people around us? How come that person is acting crazy?  A lot of people are on drugs and that was hard.  It was also scary to be around sex offenders. We were homeless for a year and two months

Stella Maris provided me and my children with a safe place to stay. Complete, full, hot meals. We also got a clean bed with no bed bugs! My children got a place to play with other children. The shelter helped me so much I was able to save all my money. 

I now have a full time job as a home health Aid. I’m attending Olympic College and working towards my nursing degree and I’m an A student!  We live in a duplex and we have everything we need in our home.   I have a car, a driver’s license, and my kids go to daycare.  Our home is full and so is our hearts thanks to the Women and Children Shelter. 

I have been homeless since moving up to Washington while looking for a job.  I initially got into a different shelter and that place terrified me.  It looked like a prison.  I was not able to keep my medications.  I left there and had a panic attack in my car.  The next day Stella Maris called me.

 

Amazingly, Stella Maris gave me a place to sleep, a place to eat, and a place to feel normal.  They helped me get my car fixed and helped me get car insurance.  They have helped me more than I can really express. 

 

Now I have a part-time job doing technical support.  I really want to go back to school and have some money now to do that. 

Honestly, I was not staying sober and could not keep a job or a place to live.   The worst part of being homeless was not having a place to sleep, worrying about where I was going stay.  I was not safe or have basic needs met.  

 

I did not know there was a shelter and thought a rescue mission was the only option.  The first time I came to Stella Maris it felt like home.  It was very welcoming.  There was a sigh of relief.   Stella Maris has helped me because I feel safe and I can have basic needs.  I feel accountable here and have remained sober.

 

It was shameful walking down the street in dirty clothes.  At Stella Maris I feel like I have potential and opportunity.  I have dignity again.   I feel like I can be of service to the community.

I ended up homeless because I could not afford housing even with a full time job.  Being homeless is unnerving, depressing, and made me feel like a loser.  

 

I heard about Stella Maris through Housing Solutions at Kitsap Community resources and it was a life-saver.  The first thing I noticed at the Stella Maris is that they didn’t judge who you were or where you were coming from. 

 

My case manager is so knowledgeable about the area, the programs available, and is just someone I can be able to talk to when I need a sounding board.   I have seen many people come through Stella Maris and they are every day people like you and me.  

...Stella Maris gave me a place to sleep, a place to eat, and a place to feel normal.

- Misha

MISHA

GINA

It was shameful walking down the street in dirty clothes. At Stella Maris I feel like I have potential and opportunity. I have dignity.

- Gina

I have seen many people through Stella Maris and they are every day people like you and me.

- Kim

KIM

JADE, TERRYN 3, TIDUS 4