About Benedict House
Benedict House is an innovative program that provides emergency shelter and transitional housing with supportive
services for single homeless men and homeless men with children. This unique program incorporates two elements of the Continuum of care model emergency housing and transitional housing. The underlying purpose is to help residents rebuild their lives and to move them towards permanent housing, the third element in the model. Residents may stay for a period of up to 90 days in an emergency bed, up to 1 year in a transitional bed.
Residents began moving into Benedict House April 28, 2006. Benedict House is the only facility for homeless men and homeless men with children in Kitsap County.
The residence is named for St. Benedict Labre (shown in the painting to the right), patron saint of homeless persons.
Benedict House provides emergency beds for 14 single homeless men who are currently homeless in Kitsap County. The Shelter program is 90 day program and is free of charge. It is a program that provides a safe environment and enables the men to focus on rebuilding their future through enrollment in college courses, life skills and vocational skills training.
During their stay at Benedict House residents have time to develop and implement an individualized strength based transition plan that will assist them on their journey to self-sufficiency.
Men interested may apply through the Housing Solutions Center (360) 473-2035. Intakes and background checks take place on-site.
Benedict House provides 10 transitional beds for homeless men. The program is for men who are currently in the Benedict House Emergency Shelter Program. The program is 12 months in length and costs residents 30% of their verified income. Residents are required to participate in activities and meetings held at the center. They also meet with their Case Manager each week.
Benedict House provides a furnished family room for homeless men with up to three children. The program is one year in length and costs 30% of the resident’s verified income. Residents are required to meet with their Case Manager weekly to monitor progress. They are also required to take part in improving themselves by taking part in educational classes, meetings and activities.
Resident must be an emergency shelter resident showing progress towards seeking a more stabilized housing agreement.
Support Services – Individualized Transition Plans are designed to provide all residents with guidance to deliver and coordinate services. Benedict House staff utilizes a team approach when providing wraparound support for its residents.
Meals – Volunteers from surrounding churches prepare the evening meal which is served in the commons dining room that also serves as a multi-purpose room for meetings and activities.
Housing – Clean and sober living arrangements are provided in a physically and emotionally safe environment. Dormitory for 24 single men and a private unit with bathroom for a homeless man with children. All sheets, towels and toiletries are provided, including shower and restroom facilities. Locked storage is available.
Computer Usage – Computers are available for resumes, job searches, e-mail and to practice typing. Including access to supplies, copier, printer, fax and phone.
Enrichment Classes – Several areas are covered to reduce barriers holding individuals back from success. Financial / Budgeting / Credit Counseling, Renter Responsibility, Resume Building, and more.
AA and NA Meetings residents have opportunity to attend off site meetings.
Counseling mental health support provided for stability.
Classes are available to those who want to overcome substantial barriers that keep individuals from being successful. Budgeting for financial future, renter responsibility, résumé building, veteran’s assistance, community activities and more.
AA/NA meetings are available locally off-site to assist men in recovery.
Support counseling at K.M.H. for those who qualify.
A local volunteer Physician provides basic medical support and may refer residents to community partners.
The Benedict House is a safe and secure facility. Staff monitors residents from 4pm-7am the following morning (7 days weekly). During the day the residents are job-seeking, working and going to college to further focus on seeking employment and education.
Benedict House Staffing
Chris Brunell, Facility Supervisor
Mary McKee, Intake Specialist
Shelter Staff: Rick Cortes
Case Managers: Diana Gilman, Caroline Conti, Kevin Moller, Dermont Anderson