The Birkenfeld Oasis Teen Shelter Ribbon Cutting is Fast Approaching

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On December 12th, the Birkenfeld Oasis Teen Shelter will open its doors to help homeless teens in Kitsap County.

As mayor of the city of Bremerton, I totally support the expansion and upgrades being planned for Coffee Oasis and their Youth Outreach Program.

In Kitsap County there has been no overnight shelter for homeless teenagers, no safe haven that provided a clean bed or a roof over there heads. Until now. On December 12th at 2:00 p.m. the Birkenfeld Oasis Teen Shelter will hold its ribbon cutting ceremony.

Recent information provided by McKinney-Vento Data Collection reported that over 370 Kitsap County teens voluntarily identified themselves as homeless. The Kitsap County Continum of Care Coalition, recognizing the need for a teen shelter, developed a long-term strategy of "a linked overnight shelter for youth" as part of their Homeless Housing Plan.

Thanks to a sizable list of major funders, expansion and remodel of the Bremerton Coffee Oasis has brought us the Birkenfeld Oasis Teen Shelter. The Birkenfeld Oasis will provide 8 beds that will enable over 100 homeless youths up to 28 days of emergency shelter. The shelter will provide a safe place for these homeless teens to stabilize, set goals, and help them to develop long-term housing plans.

All are invited to attend the Birkenfeld Oasis Teen Shelter ribbon cutting ceremony on December 12th at 2:00 p.m. at 822 Burwell St. in Bremerton.

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Kelle Kitchel-Cooper | Director of Development
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