Home Fund keeps lights, heat on for Port Angeles family
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By Jeremy Schwartz
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A GIFT OF any size is welcome.The Peninsula Home Fund has never been a campaign of heavy hitters.

If you can contribute only a few dollars, please don't hesitate because you think it won't make a difference.

Every gift makes a difference, regardless of its size.

To donate, write a check to “Peninsula Home Fund” and attach it to a donation coupon (click on the "related photos" gallery, above, and print out the coupon).

Mail both items to Peninsula Home Fund, Peninsula Daily News, P.O. Box 1330, Port Angeles, WA 98362.

You can also donate online by credit card.

Just visit www.peninsuladailynews.com, then click near the top of the home page on “Peninsula Home Fund — Click Here to Donate.”

All contributions are fully IRS tax-deductible.

The fund's IRS number, under the auspices of OlyCAP, is 91-0814319.

Whether you donate by coupon or online, you will receive a written thank-you and acknowledgment of your contribution.

To delay may mean to forget.
EDITOR'S NOTE: For 24 years, Peninsula Daily News readers in Jefferson and Clallam counties have supported the “hand up, not a handout” Peninsula Home Fund.

Today, we feature another in a series of articles on how the fund operates and who benefits from our readers' generosity.

More information about the Home Fund will appear on Wednesday.

PORT ANGELES — Kathleen came to Port Angeles from Pennsylvania in 2008, fleeing a domestic violence situation with her three children.

She went from a comfortable home with a swimming pool to living in a shelter, eating in a soup kitchen for the first time in her life.

Today, she works as a volunteer coordinator and is making progress toward a college degree so she can help families with drug and alcohol problems.

She has developed a love for helping other people — and decided that's how she wants to live the rest of her life.

After arriving in Port Angeles, she and her children initially lived in the Hope House, an emergency shelter opened by Healthy Families of Clallam County in 2004 for women and children escaping violence at home.

While living there and later at Evergreen Family Village, run by nonprofit Serenity House of Clallam County, Kathleen joined OlyCAP's community jobs program.

OlyCAP is nonprofit Olympic Community Action Programs, the No. 1 emergency-care agency in Jefferson and Clallam counties.

OlyCAP also oversees the “hand up, not a handout” Peninsula Home Fund for the Peninsula Daily News, screening the applicants and carefully distributing the money donated to the fund by PDN readers.

While serving in the program, Kathleen was able to work for some of the emergency-assistance funds for needy families she was receiving through the state Department of Social and Health Services.

“You earn the funds the state is giving you by working,” Kathleen said.

Kathleen said she was also able to use her personal experiences with domestic violence to help others going through similar situations.

“I could say, 'I've been where you are, and it can get better, you just have to be proactive,'” Kathleen said.

She remarried last August, but by October, work that was available for her husband had slowed to a crawl.

The Home Fund gave them a $111 hand-up when the family budget couldn't be stretched to cover the family's electric bill and associated late charges.

As a cold winter approached, they faced going without heat and light.

“Without it, we probably would have had our electricity shut off,” she said.

She added: “I feel [the Home Fund] is really the most efficient way to treat the mass of people that need help.”

Most recently, Kathleen has been assigned through AmeriCorps as the OlyCAP volunteer coordinator in Port Townsend, where she is a liaison of sorts between the public and the nonprofit organization and reaches out to people about becoming a volunteer with OlyCAP.

“My job is to place volunteers in a spot that they're passionate about,” she said.

“Without volunteers, these programs would be impossible.”

She hopes her experience with OlyCAP and AmeriCorps will allow her to make a living out of helping others.

“God willing, this will allow me to make a career out of serving other people,” Kathleen said.

Although recent health issues with her youngest child have forced her to put classes on hold, Kathleen also is working her way toward a degree in addiction studies through Peninsula College.

Kathleen said she has seen firsthand what drug and alcohol addiction can do to families.

“As a chemical-dependency professional, I can help relate empathetically to people and make a difference in someone,” Kathleen said.

“[I can] help people want to make a change in their life and not let the drug or the alcohol rule them.”

With a warm home now surrounding her and her family, Kathleen said she is glad her experiences have given her the opportunity to teach herself and her children humility, something she says undoubtedly helps her toward her goal of helping others.

“That's probably the biggest gift — to learn how to humble yourself,” Kathleen said.

The PDN's Peninsula Home Fund — a safety net for local residents when there is nowhere else to turn — is seeking contributions for its annual holiday season fundraising campaign that runs from Thanksgiving through
Dec. 31.

From Port Townsend to Forks, from Quilcene and Brinnon to Sequim and LaPush, the Home Fund is a “hand up, not a handout” for children, teens, families and the elderly to get through an emergency situation.

Money from the Home Fund goes for hot meals for seniors, meeting rent, energy and transportation needs, warm winter coats for kids, home repairs for the low-income, needed eyeglasses and prescription drugs, dental work, safe and drug-free temporary housing . . .

The list goes on and on.

Begun in 1989, the Home Fund is supported by Jefferson and Clallam residents.

Individuals, couples, families, businesses, churches, service organizations and school groups set a record for contributions in 2011 — $254,593.73.

With heavy demand this year, the carefully rationed fund is being depleted rapidly.

Since Jan. 1, the Home Fund has helped almost 3,000 individuals and households like Kathleen's.

As we move deeper into winter, the toughest period of the year, all of the money collected in 2011 is expected to be exhausted by Dec. 31.

■   The Peninsula Home Fund is a unique nonprofit program.

Every dollar is put to work exactly the way you want it to be.

No money is deducted by the Peninsula Daily News.

Every penny, 100 percent, goes to OlyCAP to help the most vulnerable members of our community, from infants to families to seniors.

Because of the extraordinary demand experienced by OlyCAP in 2011 and 2012 — and plummeting cutbacks in grants and government support — for the first time in the 24-year history of the Home Fund, OlyCAP used a portion of the fund in 2012 to pay for the helping hands who see clients.

The amount is limited to no more than 10 percent — a maximum of 10 cents of every dollar donated.

OlyCAP has kept it below 10 percent — specifically, 8.9 percent.

OlyCAP can no longer absorb the costs of managing all the facets of the Home Fund — screening applicants, providing counseling and carefully disbursing the funds — without financial assistance.

It must tap a small portion of the fund as tough times compound the challenges it faces to help those in need.

■   The Home Fund is not a welfare program.

Assistance, which usually averages less than $100, is also limited to one time in a 12-month period.

As needed, Peninsula Home Fund donations are also used in conjunction with money from churches, service clubs and other donors, enabling OlyCAP to stretch the value of the contribution.

■   All contributions are fully IRS tax-deductible for the year in which a check is written.

(See accompanying story, above.)

■   Your personal information is kept confidential.

The PDN and OlyCAP do not rent, sell, give or otherwise share your address or other information with anyone or make any other use of it.

Applying for a hand up

To apply for a Peninsula Home Fund grant, phone OlyCAP at 360-452-4726 (Clallam County) or 360-385-2571 (Jefferson County).

■   OlyCAP's Port Angeles office is at 228 W. First St., Suite J (Armory Square Mall); 360-452-4726.

■   Its Port Townsend office is at 803 W. Park Ave.; 360-385-2571.

■   The Forks/West End office is at 421 Fifth Ave.; 360-374-6193.

OlyCAP's website: www.olycap.org; email: action@olycap.org.

If you have any questions about the fund, phone John Brewer, Peninsula Daily News editor and publisher, at 360-417-3500.

Or email him at john.brewer@peninsuladailynews.com.

The Peninsula Daily News publishes the donation coupon and information about the fund every Sunday and Wednesday during the fundraising campaign.

While most of the money is raised between Thanksgiving and Dec. 31, the fund itself never closes.

Donations of any amount are always welcome.

Contributions so far

Here is a list of donors whose contributions were processed between Dec. 6 and Dec. 12.

Thank you very much for making a difference in the lives — and futures — of your neighbors like Kathleen:

■ Leighton and Shari Clark, Port Angeles — $25. In memory of brothers Ramon and Dennis.

■ Myra W. Ward, Sequim — $100.

■ Howard Gipson, Port Angeles — $100.

■ Roy and Pat Jones, Port Angeles — $200.

■ Becky and Earl Archer, Sequim — $100.

■ Marjorie Nichelson, Port Angeles — $100. In memory of Joan Favre.

■ Edith Snelgrove, Port Angeles — $100. In memory of David and Martha Pitts.

■ The Skotheim Family, Port Angeles — $250.

■ Marcia and Bob Homer, Sequim — $100. In memory of Robert L. Springfield Jr.

■ The O'Shea Family, Sequim — $100.

■ Mike and Freda Tallmadge, Port Angeles — $100.

■ Carol and Tom Sinton, Port Angeles — $300.

■ Sam and Martha Baker, Port Angeles — $300.

■ Frank and Ruth Welch, Port Angeles — $100.

■ Karen Pate, Port Townsend — $100.

■ Bonnie Stapleton, Sequim — $100.

■ Bob Walthers and Nancy Johnson, Port Townsend —$100.

■ Bruce and Nannette Burris, Sequim — $300.

■ Donald M. and Ellzie K. Reidel, Sequim — $100. In memory of Roger Reidel.

Many thanks also to these donors (who requested that the amount of their donation be kept private):

■ AMS Audio Enterprises, Inc., Sequim.

■ Heather Peters, Chimacum. In memory of Ellsworth (Pete) Peters: For Grandpa, who served his country and community with honor, and who is remembered always by the family and friends he left behind.

■ Edith Christie, Port Angeles. In honor of Bill, who helps keep our streets free of litter.

■ Ross Canning, Port Angeles. In memory of Margaret Gardner.

■ John and Mary Wegmann, Port Angeles.

■ Mr. and Mrs. Brad Anderson, Port Angeles. In honor of FR. Thomas Nathe.

■ Barbara Erler and Mel Perricone, Sequim. In memory of Jim.

■ Dan and Eve Farrell, Port Angeles.

■ Rennie Shannon and Van Maxwell, Port Angeles.

■ Jerry and Arlene Weed, Sequim.

■ Joseph Cress and Elaine Peaslee, Sequim. In memory of our daughter Jenny Cress.

■ Barbara Burrows, Sequim. In memory of Warren and Stan Paulson.

■ Violet Grall, Port Angeles.

■ Mark and Patricia Lewis, Sequim.

■ Lee Raymond, Sequim. In memory of Barbara Schnorr.

■ Russ and Janet Holt, Sequim.

■ Mark and Diana Schildknecht, Sequim. In memory of Don Bakker.

■ Pat Flood/Olympic Acupuncture, Port Angeles. In honor of all the great things accomplished when we come together to support our community.

■ John Austin Jr., Port Ludlow.

■ Paul and Bobbie Ryan, Sequim.

■ Dart and Margie Whitmore, Sequim. In honor of our children.

■ Tom and Jan Kummet, Sequim.

■ April Kilgore and Monroe Stringham, Port Angeles.

■ Arnold and Debbie Schouten, Port Angeles.

■ Robert and Martha VanEtten, Nordland .

■ Emery and Lila Winters, Port Angeles. In memory of our parents, Emery and Nancy Winters, Maxine Willis and Troy Foutch.

■ Rob and Cindy Tulloch, Port Angeles.

■ Kathleen Young, Port Townsend.

■ Bonita Wilson, Port Angeles.

■ Jeanne M. Noyes, Port Townsend. In honor of Allison T.

■ James F. Emery, Port Angeles.

■ Maura and Roger Oakes, Port Angeles. In memory of our parents.

■ John and Julie Kochanek, Sequim. In memory of John and Jerry Kochanek, In memory of Monty and Audrey Colvin. Christmas memories live in our hearts forever.

■ Bill and Joan Riedel, Sekiu. In honor of the Riedel family.

■ E.C. and Jean Gockerell, Sequim.

■ Carol Philpott, Port Angeles. In memory of Bob Philpott, my husband.

■ Don and Vicki Hinrichsen, Port Angeles.

■ Rosemarie Jack, Sequim. In memory of Charles O. Jack.

■ Olympic Springs, Sequim.

■ Lois C. McGuire, Sequim. In honor of Ceil, Peter and Patti — Merry Christmas.

■ Marilyn Kraus, Port Angeles.

■ Olympic Electric Co., Inc., Port Angeles. In honor of Henry and Jane Burkhardt.

■ United Methodist Women, Port Angeles.

■ Ethel Butler, Port Angeles. In memory of Harold Butler.

■ Hazel Gershowitz, Port Angeles.

■ Randy and Kim Lemon, Port Angeles.

■ Chris Lemon, Port Angeles.

■ Myra B. Lovett, Port Angeles.

■ Dale and Judy Burke, Sequim.

■ Jack and Janet Real, Sequim. In memory of Don Duncan.

■ Marilyn Whidden, Port Angeles. In memory of my beloved husband, Charles.

■ Mount Pleasant Homemakers, Port Angeles.

■ William and Carol Peet, Port Angeles.

■ Stephen Conner and Weezie Jenkins, Port Townsend.

■ Sonje Beal, Syracuse, Utah. In memory of Craig Baughman. Bill and all your family miss you.

■ Larry and Darlene McCaffrey, Sequim.

■ Bruce and Judy Pape, Port Angeles.

■ Rosemary Kane, Port Angeles.

■ Midge Bader, Port Angeles.

■ Hearst and Jerri Coen, Port Angeles.

■ Roland and Vivian Raymond, Port Townsend.

■ Sandy Larson, Port Townsend. In honor of Bob and Joe Larson.

■ Rick and Wendy Oak, Port Angeles.

■ Phyllis and John Kendall, Port Angeles. In memory of Tom Thompson for his memorable Daily News photos and Eleanor Ballard for her talent in advertising.

■ David and Marcia Chance, Port Angeles.

■ Al and Barbara Deese, Port Angeles. In honor of Ann Holke.

■ Wayne and Tracy Fitzwater, Port Angeles.

■ Douglas Cudd, Port Angeles. In memory of Carole Cudd.

■ Nancy and Larry Lang, Port Angeles.

■ Theresa Gross, Sequim. In memory of Jack Gross.

■ Rita Heywood, Sequim.

■ Olympic National Park Employees' Association, Port Angeles. In honor of all Employees past and present.

■ Peggy and Jerry Newlin, Port Angeles.

■ Mel and Vicci Rudin, Port Angeles.

■ Jim Halvorsen, Port Angeles.

■ Penny Burdick, Sequim. In memory of Gordon and Aural Burdick.

■ Barbara Cook, Woodinville.

■ Colleen and Duke Daley, Port Angeles. In honor of Russell Ryckman.

■ Mary Ellen Reed, Sequim. In memory of Virginia Dvorshak and Bob Schober.

■ Verna Partridge, Port Angeles. In memory of Jack Partridge.

■ Sandy Ruddell, Port Angeles. In memory of Mac Ruddell.

■ Velma Winters Springfield, Port Angeles. In memory of Robert Springfield and Harold Winters.

■ Jean and Gene Spargo, Sequim.

■ Patti and Alan Touchie, Sequim.

■ Jeff and Barbara Dixon, Port Angeles. In memory of friends and family.

■ Margaret Edris, Port Angeles. In memory of Monica Sanford.

■ John and Marie Marrs, Port Angeles. In memory of Perry, Margie and Larry Brackett.

■ Jim and Cheryl Coulter, Sequim.

■ Wayne and Lois Bozarth, Port Angeles. In honor of the Bozarth and Rodman families at the Holiday Season.

■ Susan Cange, Sequim.

■ Art and Ruth Dewey, Sequim. In loving memory of Ma, Ed, Hucka, Mimi and Vivi.

■ Donna Spalding, Sequim.

■ Mickey and Beth McGuffin, Sequim.

■ Jim and Jane Ratliff, Sequim.

■ Janiell McLaughlin, Port Angeles.

■ Patricia Floyd, Port Hadlock. In honor of Maibrit Johnson-Peacock.

■ Anne and Vincent Murray, Port Angeles.

■ Barbara and Dale Cushman, Port Angeles.

■ Steve and Gwyn Callis, Port Angeles.

■ Sarah Hile, Sequim.

■ Gene and Lois Brown, Sequim. In memory of Greg Brown.

■ Alice M. Virginia, Port Angeles.

■ Lucy E. Willis, Sequim.

■ Walter Classman, Sequim.

■ Nell Kravchenko, Port Angeles.

■ Florence Chamberlain, Port Angeles.

■ Violet Grall, Port Angeles. In memory of Robert Springfield.

■ Robert and Betty Lou Zoff, Sequim.

■ Glenn and Betty Armstrong, Sequim.

■ Bob and Jackie Partridge, Port Angeles. In memory of our parents and other loved ones.

■ Mietta M. Young, Sequim.

■ Patrick Slattery, Sequim. In memory of Molly O'Connor.

■ Margaret and Rick Yates, Port Angeles.

■ Ruth Godfrey, Sequim. In memory of Frank W. Godfrey and Frank W. Godfrey Jr.

■ Gerald and Charlotte Pierce, Sequim.

■ Lowell and Dora Cook, Sequim.

■ Pat Wisen, Sequim.

■ Larry and Patricia Spohn, Sequim.

■ Donald Schreiner, Sequim. In memory of Gwen Schreiner.

■ Kathleen Melton, Port Angeles. In memory of Joseph Melton.

■ Donald and Barbara Reidel, Port Angeles. In honor of those in need.

■ Lila G. Frisch, Port Angeles. In memory of Tom Thompson.

■ Dorothy A. Hutt Wilson, Sequim.

■ Mary James, Port Angeles.

■ Jerry and Judy Mann, Sequim.

Many thanks also to these donors (who requested anonymity):

■ Sequim — $300.

■ Port Angeles — $300.

■ Port Angeles — $10.

■ Port Townsend — $200.

■ Port Angeles — $100. In memory of Mitchel Todd.

■ Port Angeles — $50.

■ Sequim — $100.

■ Port Angeles — $100.

■ Port Angeles — $100.

■ Port Angeles — $50.

■ Sequim — $50.

■ Sequim — $10.

■ “Anonymous” — $100.

■ Port Angeles — $50.

■ Port Angeles — $500.

■ Port Ludlow — $100.

■ Port Angeles — $35.

■ Sequim — $100.

■ Sequim — $200.

■ Port Angeles — $400. In memory of Bal and Jack.

■ Port Angeles — $50.

■ Port Angeles — $500.

■ Carlsborg — $500.

■ Port Angeles — $100.

■ Port Angeles — $150.

■ Sequim — $100. In memory of Dave Koehler.

■ Sequim — $1,000.

■ Sequim — $100.

■ Port Angeles — $1,000.

■ Sequim — $100.

■ Port Angeles — $50.

■ Port Angeles — $20.

■ Port Angeles — $20.

■ Port Angeles — $10. In memory of my mother, Hazel Starks.

■ Sequim — $50. In memory of Don Freeman.

■ Port Angeles — $200.

■ Port Angeles — $200. In honor of Valerie C.

■ Port Townsend — $100.

■ Sequim — $100. In memory of our parents.

■ Sequim — $50.

■ Port Angeles — $100.

■ Carlsborg — $10.

■ Port Angeles — $200.

■ Port Angeles — $200.

■ Port Angeles — $30.

■ Port Angeles — $100.

■ Sequim — $100.

■ Port Angeles — $100. In honor of Florence Swanson.

■ Port Angeles — $25.

■ Sequim — $100. Peace on Earth.

■ Port Angeles — $100.

■ Sequim — $50.

■ Sequim — $100.

■ Port Angeles — $100.

■ Port Angeles — $100.

■ Port Angeles — $100. In honor of Ken Hansen.

■ Port Angeles — $100. In honor of Sarah Garcia.

■ Port Townsend — $100.

■ Sequim — $25. What a great chance to help! Thanks.


HANDWRITING CAN BE hard to decipher at times.

Please report any errors in this list to John Brewer, 360-417-3500 (there's voice mail if he's away), or email him at john.brewer@peninsuladailynews.com.

We'll rerun the listing correctly.

Our sincerest appreciation again to our donors.

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