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KCR 2018 Annual Report

KCR 2018 Annual Report


Building Brighter Futures

2018 Annual Report

53 Years | Helping People | Changing Lives


LEADERSHIP TEAM 2018 Annual Report

Executive Director Building
Jeff Alevy Brighter Futures

Housing and Community Support KITSAP COMMUNITY RESOURCES
Services Director, John Koch 845 8th Street

Early Learning and Family Bremerton, WA 98337
Services Director, Connie Mueller Phone: 360-478-2301

Fiscal and Administration Website:
Director, Irmgard Davis Facebook ID: kitsapcommunityresources

Community Relations & Prepared by KCR Community Relations
Development Manager & Development, Manager
Eugenie Jones-Laughridge Eugenie Jones-Laughridge

Human Resources Manager
Susan Cregg

Information Technologies
Paul Green

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We Are KCR
Kitsap Community


Our mission defines us…

We are committed to creating hope and opportunity
for low-income Kitsap County residents by providing
resources that promote self-sufficiency and stability.

Our vision inspires us…

We envision a community in which everyone has the
opportunity to thrive.

Our core values unite us.... Trish Tierney
KCR Employment & Training
We value integrity, equity, compassion, excellence,
diversity, collaboration, and teamwork. These values

are a part of everything we do.


Kitsap Community Resources (KCR) is a member of the
Washington State Community Action Partnership (WSCAP).
Serving Kitsap County, we work at the community-level to
find local solutions to local problems. KCR is a 501(c)(3)
private nonprofit, providing a network of resources and
services to low-income families.
For more information about KCR, or to learn how you can
partner with us to serve Kitsap County, please visit us online
at, or contact KCR Community Relations &
Development Manager, Eugenie Jones-Laughridge, at

KCR is one of thirty WSCAP members who work to address community issues of
poverty for Washington residents! For more information on WSCAP, please visit

P. 6
Mission, Vision, Values P. 8
Letter From Our Executive Director P. 10
Brighter Futures Through Business Ownership P. 11
Energy Efficiency Upgrades Make A Big Difference P. 12
A Dedicated Career P. 13
Futures Brightened by Housing P. 14
More “Bright” News P. 16
Community Impact P. 17
Board of Directors P. 18
Donors 5

2018 KCR Annual Report - Building Brighter Futures


Dear Friends,

It is a privilege to address you as the new Executive Director of Kitsap Community
Resources. I am blessed to be a part of an extraordinary organization that has
served Kitsap County’s most vulnerable individuals and families for more than

As a new resident to the area, it has been my pleasure to meet and begin working
with a tremendously supportive corps of dedicated board members, staff,
community partners, and volunteers. Together we are working to fulfill the KCR
mission of creating hope and opportunity, through the provision of resources that
promote self-sufficiency and stability for residents who turn to KCR for help.

Executive Director As the theme of this report reflects, we are indeed working together to “build
Jeff Alevy brighter futures.” I invite you to read the stories within these pages that share
how KCR programs and services have helped families in 2018.

“We are indeed working together Fixed-income seniors who were unable to address home safety and energy
to build brighter futures.” efficiency deficits; aspiring and existing business owners in need of business
education support and training; mothers enrolled in the WIC (Women, Infants, and
Children) nutrition program; and highly vulnerable homeless residents have all
benefited from KCR 2018 programs and services.

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As this report reflects upon 2018’s positive outcomes, we also recognize On behalf of the children and
that we work in a world that is a complex, harsh, and a challenging place families we serve, we thank you for
for many low-income residents. These individuals will continue to be KCR’s your support in these endeavors.
focus in 2019 and the years ahead. With the dedicated support of funders,
donors, community partners, board members, volunteers, and an Yours truly,
exceptional staff, we are committed to extending a hand-up to those in
need. Jeff Alevy
These issues are why the KCR Strategic Plan calls for creating permanent Director
supportive housing for Kitsap residents who struggle with behavioral health
challenges, increasing community awareness of KCR services available in
Kitsap County, and increasing the accessibility of our services to minority
and underserved residents. Additionally, we are working on plans to
expand housing services through Medicaid funding options as well as devise
strategies to assist low-income families who need living-wage employment

We are thankful for the opportunity to positively impact the unmet needs
that exist in Kitsap County communities, and we are hopeful for even
brighter futures for those we serve as we work together to positively impact
these needs.

2018 KCR Annual Report - Building Brighter Futures 7

Brighter Futures Through Business Ownership

People start new businesses for grow an existing one, can enroll in agency, making participation in the
good reasons. They want to control the BE$T program and gain access eight-week KCR BE$T program an
their careers, they seek an to business education, business integral part of their new venture.
unencumbered creative license, counseling, entrepreneurial Let’s Work Together has grown
and many are working to secure training, and a network of 150% since its opening, earning
financial independence for supportive community services. $100k in their first year.
themselves and their families.
Susan Boede, co-owner of Let's "We saw launching our own
These are all excellent reasons, but Work Together, describes the business as an opportunity to do
with 30% of new businesses failing beginning stages of business what we liked to do - help people -
within the first two years, good ownership saying, “It's easy to run in our way," explained Crystal.
reasons alone are not enough to a boat that is already afloat but
ensure success. hard to build one from scratch. As There are other business training
new business owners, the BE$T options in Kitsap County, but
The KCR Business Education program opened our eyes to unique to the BE$T program,
Support and Training (BE$T) what we didn't know.” approximately 80% of participants
program provides tools and are low-income, and 60% qualify as
mentorship that helps to improve She and partner, Crystal Smith, extremely low -income.
these odds. Entrepreneurs who are launched their multi-service job Additionally, working-poor families
ready to start a new business, or training and employment search who are struggling to pay the rising

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Approximately 80% of BE$T participants are
low-income, and 60% qualify as extremely low -income. In BE$T they
learn skills that enable them to become self-sufficient business owners!

costs of housing are increasingly
participating in the BE$T program
as a means of establishing small
businesses that will enable them
to become more self-sufficient
and to be able to pay rising
housing costs.

Beth Shea, KCR BE$T Program “Owning our own business is a lot of
Manager, shares that in 2018, hard work, explains co-owners,
“BE$T helped to launch thirty-
three new businesses. These (l-r) Crystal Smith and Susan Boede.
enterprises in-turn employ others Still, we are more fulfilled as business
and help build a stronger owners than we ever were working for
economy for all Kitsap County someone else. We love what we do!”
residents. KCR is pleased to be a
part of this growth in our

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Energy Efficiency Upgrades Make A Big Difference

Fred and Berniece have been married for 39 years. They furnace, and forecasts predicting a harsh winter. “It was
have a blended family of 18 children, and share two getting colder, we had to use space heaters, and we were
lifetimes of hard work between them. running up our electric bill beyond what we could afford
to pay,” explained Fred. Fortunately, the couple learned
Fred is retired from the U.S. Naval Supply Center and has about the KCR Weatherization Program - a program that
also worked for mining companies. Berniece has worked repairs home safety issues and installs energy efficient
as a store clerk, waitress, a mining shop laborer, and as a measures to the homes of income-qualified applicants. A
stay-at-home mom. Together they’ve faced and survived thorough inspection revealed that not only was the
the challenges of raising a family, working, and owning a furnace worn out, but additionally the home was not
home. Both now at 83-years-of-age and living on fixed insulated, the roof was leaking, and a
incomes they face new challenges, including a broken rear-entry deck with a 4ft. drop did
not have a handrail.

The KCR Weatherization team made
all the necessary upgrades and Fred
and Berniece now have a warm home
and a 30% reduction in utility costs.
“We would not have been able to do
this on our own. We’re so very grateful,” smiles Berniece.

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A Dedicated Career 5

KCR has many tremendous staff members
that make all the difference to the success
of our numerous programs and services.

Edith Woods is an example of the
commitment to serving others that our
staff bring to work each day. She joined our
KCR team in 1986 and for 33 years she has
been a constant figure in Head Start/Early
Head Start classrooms.

“I’ve always felt that this work
was my calling; that this
journey has taken me exactly
where I was meant to be.”

During her many years of service as a KCR
Teacher’s Aide, Edith has played a role in
the education and character building of
approximately 1,200 children.

Futures Brightened by Housing With the stability of a family home and
the children doing well in school, Jane
Jane, a 63-year-old deaf grandmother, in Kitsap County, Jane found herself pursued and was awarded full-custody
has shouldered the responsibility of unable to cover her family’s basic of her grandchildren.
caring for her four grandchildren since needs, including the rising cost of
they were in diapers. rent. An inability to keep up “If it wasn’t for KCR, I don’t know
with these increasing costs what would have happened. I am so
Her son, the resulted in Jane and her very grateful for all the help we
children’s father is grandchildren becoming received.”
absent and their homeless and sleeping on a friend’s
mother is ill, leaving couch. KCR HOUSING PROGRAM UPDATES
Jane as the only In 2018 KCR implemented a
remaining relative With a grandchild enrolled in KCR’s Community Interest Queue - a
who can care for the Head Start program, she soon learned new case-by-case assessment -
children. about KCR housing programs and that prioritizes housing applicants
applied for assistance. according to their degree of risk
At the ages of 2, 4, 6, and 14 years, she and vulnerability.
intended to do whatever it took to “The KCR staff went above and
care for them. Disabled, unable to beyond what I ever expected. To now This new system will allow those in
work, and living on a fixed income have the peace of mind of living in a the most severe conditions to
made that intention very difficult. permanent home has meant so much receive an appropriate level of
to me and the children,” says Jane. consideration and greatly
Not unlike many low-income families enhances program responsiveness.

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More “Bright” News

Sponsored by the Department of Commerce and in partnership with KCR and AmeriCorps,
a new nutritional education class launched in 2018. The FRESH AND HEALTHY COOKING
FOR YOUR FAMILY class invited families to learn how to shop and prepare healthy meals.
"I would never have thought that I would be cooking healthier and actually enjoying the
food with my family. It's been a great experience.” (Kendra/Class Participant)

The Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) nutrition program gives thousands of KCR clients
access to healthy grocery store food items each year. In 2018, the process became much
more manageable. Paper checks that required extensive processing by KCR staff, while
also being more difficult for clients to use, were replaced by a new WIC Card. The card
transfers benefits electronically, decreases KCR paperwork, increases client’s use, and
better protects client privacy. Rachael is a WIC Card user and a grocery checker. “As a
checker, I love how easy the cards make check-out. As a very busy mom, the cards make
using my benefits more private and more convenient. I really like it,” explains Rachael.

KCR cares about the quality of service provided to our clients. Our commitment to 13
providing compassionate assistance at a high level of excellence is why the
“KCR Customer Satisfaction Survey” exists. We appreciate the thousands of clients who
took the time to complete 2018 surveys about their experience at KCR and we are so very
proud of our staff who were consistently ranked at a 4.7 (out of 5), or higher level of

2018 KCR Annual Report - Building Brighter Futures

Community Impact


Residents received COMMUNITY SUPPORT SERVICES Residents received AND TRAINING
housing assistance employment help
4,488 Energy Assistance Provided 3,965 Resource Inquiries
59 Homes Weatherized 33 Business Start-ups
951 Job Seekers Assisted
215 Received Kitsap Co. Veteran Funds 58 Family Members
1,038 Christmas Gifts to Children
Attended the Fresh &
Healthy Cooking Class

WIC* served 6,635 Hours of Volunteer 6 Nonprofits Served
mothers & children 678 Children Attended Head Community Service 11 Community Projects
22 AmeriCorps Served
Start & Early Head Start
In Kitsap County
17,467 Meals and Snacks Prepared
1,038 Christmas Gifts to Children

*Women, Infants, and Children

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Bringing Families Together Jackson and Papaw (Dan), take a lunch break during a
KCR Father Engagement activity - cardboard boxcar
building. A fun activity becomes the backdrop to
building strong and supportive family relationships.

Board of Directors

KCR is governed by a tripartite volunteer Board of Directors. They are
representative of the community we serve and the partners who serve
with us. We’re deeply thankful for their leadership and support.

OFFICERS: President – Shannon Turner; Vice President – Rudy Taylor; Treasurer – Kaleb Hoffer

Community Consumer Public
Partners Representatives Officials cont’d.
Elaine Williams Bryant Valerie Moran Alison Sonntag, Kitsap

Olympic College HS/ECEAP Policy Council County Commissioners

Scott Haeg Dian Poyssick Julie McKean

Connection Credit Union Kitsap Early Learning Alumni Central Kitsap School District
Association (KELAA)
Kurt Wiest, Bremerton Senator Christine Rolfes
Victoria Hilt, KELAA
Housing Authority State Senator
Rudy Taylor, KELAA
Gina Lindal DJ Sigurdson
Shannon Turner, KELAA
DSHS Community South Kitsap School District
Tracy Flood Officials Courtney O’Catherine
Linda Sullivan-Dudzic
NAACP North Kitsap Schools
Bremerton Schools
Brandon Johnston Leslie Daugs

Faith Community Bremerton City Council

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All KCR programs are subject to annual funding source 2018
monitoring. Fulfilling our responsibilities to our funders is Financials
tantamount to our ability to serve the needs of our clients and our
community. We accept this responsibility and are pleased to report
that all 2018 monitorings have found KCR to be in good standing.


Contracts & Grants $11,396,509 Housing & Community Services $5,412,754

Contributions 132,882 Employment & Training 1,030,150

Rents 267,309 AmeriCorps 358,542

Donated Goods/Facilities 498,164 Early Learning & Family Services 6,271,126

Food Services 600,852 Food Services 599,803

Other Income 501,383 Other KCR Programs 396,438

Total $13,937,099 Fundraising 75,236

Total $14,144,049*

*Operating loss is offset by non-cash contributions from community partners on both sides of the 17
ledger. This support is greatly appreciated and is critical to KCR’s financial stability.

2018 KCR Annual Report - Building Brighter Futures

2018 Donors ($100 AND HIGHER DONATIONS)

Adair, Marilyn DeLaGrange, Mary Harrington, Kim
Adrian, Justin Diehl Engineering Inc. P.S. Henderson, Angela
Andrus, Alvin and Eloise DiMartino, Greg & Beverly Holk, George
Ashcraft, Karen Dixon, Claudia Holy Trinity Parish
Baltutat, Tracy Dokken, Jim and Marcia Hostetter, Carol
Bamburg, Jill Domansky, David House, Mike and Nancy
Becke, Ian and Bonnie Dudley, James Hudson Bay Way Foundation
Benevity Community Impact Fund Eyer, Joyce Hutton, Marilyn
Bentsen, Leif and Liz Huddle First Christian Church Int. Brotherhood of
Bidwell, Don and Kay First Christian Church Boilermakers Local 290
Bond, James Irvin, Laurie
Bondy, Elisabeth Women’s Groups Johnson, Chris
Boyer, Michael and Leslie First Lutheran Church of Poulsbo Johnson, Mary
Brose, Barb Fisher, Willa Johnston, Brandon
Brower, Jack and Carolyn Fishman, Barry and Laana Jones, Eugenie
Brown Paper Tickets, LLC Forhan, Mike and Amber JRO Licensing Agency, Inc.
Calvary Chapel of Silverdale Fred H. & Mary S. Dore Jungschaffer, Emilie
Canfield, Ronald Charitable Foundation Kamps, Paul
Carlisle Jr., James Freeman, Garry and Annette Keller, Larry and Pam
Cascadia-Bountiful Life Friedman, Rick and Kirsten Keller, William
Gaylord Sr., William Kidrick, Emmett
Addiction Treatment Center Ghiselin Foundation at Kitsap Killheffer, Peter and Lynne
Christensen, Patricia Community Foundation Kitsap Credit Union
City of Seattle Gilliam, Sheila Kitsap Mustang Club
Coffman, Karen Gorman, Karen Kitsap Unitarian Universalist
Colby UMC-United Methodist Women Grams, Rick Fellowship
Connection Credit Union Grennan, Nancy Knutsen, Joyce
Danielson, Donald Hablutzel, Allan and Gail Kreifels, Jeff
Davis, George and Sara Nell Hammann, Martha

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You’ve Made Brighter Futures Possible .

Laine, Linda Port of Seattle Wendel, Robert & Kay
Lemke, Arlene Puget Sound Genealogical Society Wheeler, Greg and Sunny
Les Schwab Rayburn, William and Barbara Women of Vinland
Loeb, Donald Richardson, Robert
Loveless, Kathy Riggins, James Lutheran Church
Lunden, Anne Ristimaki-Brock, Sirpa Young, WM & Cynthia
Maguire, Kenneth Rosenbalm, Connie Yunt, Jerry & Julie Zonoff,
Marsters, Tommie RV Associates
May, David Shrader, Sharon We wish to also thank our major
Middleton, Billy Siems, Diana grantors, funders, and supporting
Miller, Scott Singer, Dean and Laurie organizations at the federal, state,
Mills, Julie Smith, Anajane
Mixon, Krista Smith, Tamara and local levels.
Moon, Steve and Terese Snow, Christopher and Cameron
Moore, Mary St. Antony's of Egypt Episcopal Head Start students
Nagel, Cornelia Ruth Church plant a new garden
Nau, Carole Stansbery, Christine
Newberg, Alan and Ellen Sullivan, Steve and Mary
Newton Building & Development, LLC Taylor, Rudy and Joy
O'Morchoe, Patrice Pendergrass
Orr, Michael and Robin Hruska TEC Equipment
Osborne, Camille Thymian, Richard
Page, Jim and Joy Tuke, Larry and Brooke Healy
Palmason, Stephen Umpqua Bank
Parks, Lena Waddington, William and Connie
Peel, Rich and Jeanny Wagner, Eric
Perkins, Thomas Weidman, John and Lynne
Poe, Barbara Weisdepp, Paul and Debbie

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