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Birkenfeld-Stella Maris House Information


The Birkenfeld-Stella Maris House, a Women's Shelter in Bremerton, Washington, is governed by the charitable principles of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. The Shelter offers housing, food, and a safe, supportive environment to women (and women with children) in our community whose lives have become compromised. Compassionate assistance is given at no cost and without discrimination.

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Birkenfeld-Stella Maris Shelter - Help us Help Others Fact Sheet

Our Mission: To provide housing, food, and a safe, supportive environment to women and their children in our community whose lives have become compromised.

Our Vision:  Sponsored by the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, the Birkenfeld-Stella Maris Shelter collaborates with other people and organizations of good will in relieving needs of homeless women and their children and addressing its causes, making no distinction in those served.                             

Funding Goals:                                                                    1.)  Expand our Shelter capacity to include full-time Case   Management paired with nationally recognized evidenced-   based and best practices including Trauma Informed Care,   Progressive Engagement and States of Change.                       2.)  Grow our capacity to help women with emergent   situational needs while they're in shelter i.e., car insurance or   repairs, pre-employment testing, and airline tickets for travel   to return home to family.                                                       3.)  Aid women in attaining housing stability "post" shelter by   assisting with rental deposits, first month's rent, utility   deposits, and associated transition expenses.





Did you know?                                               > 1 in 4 women consider domestic violence to   be the main factor in their current homelessness   > Being homeless often means decreased   personal safety for women                                 > Homeless women are living with mental illness   and substance abuse disorders at a much higher   rate than the general population                         > Access to comprehensive healthcare can be   difficult to navigate for women that are   experiencing homelessness                               > Gender inequality in jobs makes escaping   homelessness even more difficult