This year's One Book, One Community experience was built around the hard-working members of our community who work tirelessly to support those experiencing homelessness and housing insecurity. We're proud to showcase these amazing Kitsap community members and their stories:
Executive Director, Gather Together, Grow Together
Meet Marwan Cameron, Executive Director of Gather Together, Grow Together and cover model for the 2019 Winter Inspire. Mr. Cameron is the founder and Executive Director of Gather Together, Grow Together where he oversees the mission of promoting self sufficiency for all the residents in Kitsap County.
Mr. Cameron endured homelessness from birth into adulthood. Placed in foster care as a baby, he was adopted and then found himself back in group, foster and receiving homes until he emancipated himself at 17. Mr. Cameron is a fierce advocate for those who lack the necessities to fully care for themselves and their families and he has dedicated much of his adult life to helping people.
Prior to creating Gather Together, Grow Together, Mr. Cameron served as a commissioner for the Bremerton Housing Authority, taught computer literacy, business and personal development courses at Olympic College where he was awarded adjunct faculty of the year. He managed the Pacific Northwest Navy College Program for education for active-duty and retired personnel and their dependents.
Mr. Cameron holds a Bachelor degree in business management and Master in Education from Old Dominion University. Mr. Cameron is passionate about provoking systemic and cultural change that enhance the community long-term.
General Director, Founder and Full-Time Volunteer, Kitsap Homes of Compassion
Meet Joel Adamson, the General Director, founder and full-time volunteer of Kitsap Homes of Compassion (KHOC), a non-profit organization with the mission of ending homelessness in Kitsap County by creating affordable supportive permanent housing.
Mr. Adamson is a licensed professional engineer, retired project manager of ExxonMobil, with a M.S. from Caltech, Pasadena, CA. He has been volunteering to serve the homeless of Kitsap for over 10 years, seeking creative permanent housing solutions for the chronic homeless population, especially those with mental and physical disabilities.
KHOC opened its first shared home in Sept. 2018 and in the last 16 months it has opened 14 group homes, totaling 70 beds.
Primarily funded by the monthly fee paid by the residents from their SSI income and with a current budget of over half a million dollars per year to pay the lease and utilities on each of the homes, KHOC has had phenomenal growth. KHOC is operated by over 50 volunteers.
Executive Director, The Coffee Oasis
Daniel Frederick is the Executive Director of The Coffee Oasis. Established in 1997 with the mission of “bringing the hope of Christ to the pain on the streets.”
The Coffee Oasis has always taken homelessness personally. Mr. Frederick’s parents, Dave and Cindy Frederick, began opening their home to those in need of a place to stay in the early 90’s. The more people they hosted, the more their heart was drawn to youth experiencing homelessness. This led these two non-coffee drinkers to the purchase of a broken-down coffee shop where they opened the doors every Friday night to the kids who lived and played on the streets of Bremerton.
23 years later The Coffee Oasis now serves youth throughout Kitsap County and Pierce County through a strategic continuum of service including street and school outreach, drop-in centers, case management, shelter, job training, and crisis services.
Mr. Frederick is a hometown boy—raised in Kitsap County. After studying Philosophy at WSU, Daniel earned his master’s degree in Theology and Christian Leadership from Seattle Pacific University. When he is not drinking coffee, you can find Daniel trail running or trying to train his golden retriever.
Housing and Community Services Manager, Kitsap Mental Health Services (KMHS)
Meet Bridget Callahan-Glasspoole, Housing and Community Services Manager for Kitsap Mental Health Services (KMHS). Mrs. Callahan-Glasspoole oversees KMHS’ 48 housing units, maintains relationships with local housing authorities and private landlords and organizes placement of 100+ KMHS adult clients in housing throughout the county.
Prior to KMHS, Bridget managed the Kitsap Community Resources Housing Solutions Center (HSC) coordinated entry housing service, matching persons at risk of, or already homeless with Kitsap area housing providers. As part of her five year tenure with HSC, she also provided community education for housing providers and private landlords on housing issues and legal amendments.
Bridget brings both a breadth and depth of experience in the housing management arena, beginning with her early roots as a housing navigator and housing coordinator. She holds a BA in Sociology, is an active member of the Kitsap Housing and Homeless Coalition, a Community Frameworks Board member, and class of 2019-2020 Leadership Kitsap participant.
Sophie Morse, M.S., M. Div.
Training Coordinator, The Dispute Resolution Center of Kitsap County (DRC)
Meet Sophie Morse, M.S., M.Div., Training Coordinator at the Dispute Resolution Center (DRC) of Kitsap County.
As Training Coordinator and mentor mediator, Sophie has presented over 300 hours for the DRC on conflict resolution, conflict theory and communication skills to a broad array of audiences. Additionally, Sophie currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Washington Mediation Association.
Prior to mediating, Sophie worked for 20 years as a professional mariner and in outdoor education working with inner-city youth, adult learners, and Elderhostel clients. In her spare time Sophie can be found traveling to visit her family in New England, participating in her local church, playing guitar, and spending time in the great outdoors.
Kirsten Jewell, MPA
Program Coordinator, Housing and Homelessness Division in Kitsap County
Meet Kirsten Jewell, MPA, Program Coordinator for the Housing and Homelessness Division in Kitsap County.
The Division’s work includes overseeing countywide strategic planning for Kitsap’s homeless crisis response system, administering $3M annually in investments to address homelessness with partner non-profit organizations, coordinating countywide homelessness response efforts, homelessness and affordable housing data collection and analysis and community partnerships and outreach.
The Division also manages the Severe Weather Shelter program and the annual Point in Time Count survey of people experiencing homelessness. She has worked with homelessness and affordable housing programs in Kitsap County and at the state level for more than 15 years.
Kirsten is the Chair of the Governor’s State Advisory Council on Homelessness, and Co-Chairs the Association of County Human Services - Homelessness and Affordable Housing Committee. She also serves on the Washington Low Income Housing Alliance - Homeless Advisory Committee.
Kirsten is a life-long resident of Kitsap County. She earned her Executive Master of Public Administration at the Evans School of Public Policy and Governance, UW Seattle. She loves sailing, rowing, backpacking, and helping to make our community a better place for everyone.
Executive Director, Bremerton Housing Authority
Meet Kurt Wiest, Executive Director of the Bremerton Housing Authority, where he leads all activities of the agency including acquisition, development, and management of affordable housing for persons of limited financial means.
Prior to joining BHA in 2006, he held senior management positions with public housing agencies in California, Oregon and Utah. Kurt volunteers his time on governing boards and as a volunteer with a diverse group of civic, youth, and religious organizations. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Geographic Planning and a Master of Science degree in City / Regional Planning, both from Brigham Young University. Kurt has done post-graduate study in public policy and non-profit administration at the University of Utah and California State University – Hayward.
Kurt was recently appointed by Governor Jay Inslee as a member of the state-wide Governor’s Affordable Housing Advisory Board.
Program Coordinator, Kitsap Connect
Meet Kelsey Stedman, RN, MSN, Program Coordinator for Kitsap Connect and Public Health Nurse for Kitsap Public Health District.
Kitsap Connect is a collective impact program designed to help the most vulnerable residents in our community who are overusing costly services (emergency room, ambulance services, and/or jail) and struggle with mental illness, a substance use disorder, or both. Many of these individuals are also experiencing homelessness and have comorbid physical illnesses. Using multi-disciplinary, team-based interventions the project aims to reduce the use of costly health and social services through the provision of intensive care coordination services.
The project is collaboratively designed and facilitated by Kitsap Public Health District, Peninsula Community Health Services, Housing Solutions Center, and The Salvation Army. Other integral partners include Kitsap Community Resources, City of Bremerton, Bremerton Fire and Police Departments, CHI Franciscan/Harrison Medical Center, Bremerton Housing Authority, Kitsap Mental Health Services, and many others. The project is primarily funded by the 1/10th of 1% Mental Health, Chemical Dependency, and Therapeutic Courts fund, Medina Foundation, and the City of Bremerton.
Kelsey was born and raised in Kitsap County and worked as a nurse at Martha and Mary in Poulsbo before transitioning to work as a Public Health Nurse and now the Program Coordinator, of Kitsap Connect. She received her Bachelor of Science from UW Seattle with degrees in Neurobiology and Psychology and her Master of Science in Nursing at Seattle University where she focused on Program Development and Implementation for Vulnerable Populations. She enjoys backpacking, knitting, and listening to podcasts.