April 2nd, 2014

The Salvation Army has been serving first responders and victims at the Oso landslide since the first day.  If you want to donate by check, plase mark is Oso Musdlide Relief and send it to The Salvation Army, Northwest DHQ, 111 Queen Anne Ave. N, #300, Seattle, WA 98109.  For more information, please go to www.salvationarmynw.org

In most disasters the best donation is money.  Goods such as clothing and food are often expensive to ship and can be purchased more inexpensively at the site of the disaster.  Goods donated for disaster relief often pile up in warehouses awaiting shipment, and ultimately they may not even be needed.

If you want to donate for any other disaster relief, you can now do so in several ways:

1. You can mail in your check to P. O. Box 886, Bremerton, WA 98337. Write the specific diaster you are sending relief for.

2. You can call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (725-2769) and make a credit card donation.


July 20th, 2011

Although we have reached our goal of raising $3.6 million we, the delay in starting construction has caused costs to rise.  Our aim is to completely remodel our current building into a community center and build a new social services next door with  showers, laundry, a clothing bank and other services for the homeless.  See a complete description of the remodel below.

Demolition of the old Milt’s Donuts building is scheduled for April, 2014.  Construction of the new Birkenfeld Center/Sally’s Place should begin by June, 2014 and be completed within a year.  Phase 2, the remodeling of the old building, should be completed by the end of 2015.

Although the entire project will take more than 11 years from the original concept to completion, many miracles have taken place in the interim, leading us to believe that this is all being accomplished in God’s time and with His blessing.  Among the blessings have been the publishing of “Breakfast at Sally’s,” some completely unexpected financial gifts and many, many new supporters and awesome staff and Advisory Board members.


July 30th, 2010

Our food bank is always in need of basic food supplies and toiletries (listed below).  You may drop them off at 832 6th St. any weekday between 8am and 4pm.Our food bank is open every Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9:30am to 11:15am, and on Wednesday evenings from 4:00pm to 5:45pm.


canned vegetables, fruits and meats

pasta and rice


dry and hot cereal

spaghetti sauce


cereal (hot and cold)

diapers (especially larger sizes)

baby wipes


toilet paper


easy-open, ready-to-eat foods for the homeless

tents and sleeping bags

pet food


April 1st, 2010

We are almost ready to start and remodel and new construction of our Salvation Army buildings.  Our present building will be totally gutted and remodeled into an inviting church and community center.  We will construct a new building right next door that will share a common wall so we can walk between buildings.  It will feature showers and laundry for the homeless, plus a larger dining room and state-of-the-art kitchen and food bank.  The basement of the community center will house the food storage and also a clothing bank.

We expect to begin construction of the new building by June, 2014.  Once that is finished we will move our operations into that building while our current building is remodeled.  All construction should be completed by the end of 2015.

The new building will be where we do the “Hand Out,” providing meals, food boxes, showers, laundry and other emergency services. The old building is where we will do the “Hand Up,” offering job training, financial classes, Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous meetings and more.


July 31st, 2009

The next edition of the homeless newsletter by Sheryl Piercy is now available.   Sheryl is always glad to receive ideas for news stories and other information for the newsletter.  You can post those here or send them to her directly at sheryl.piercy@usw.salvationarmy.org.  You can pick up your copy at The Salvation Army, most social services agencies and any food bank in the county.


March 18th, 2009

“Breakfast at Sally’s” is a life-changing true story that helps people understand that the homeless are just “people without a home.”   Author Richard LeMieux tells how he slowly went from being “the man who had everything” to homelessness and near suicide to discovering a new life and new identity after coming to The Salvation Army (“Sally’s”).  With wit and great insight he describes the people and situations he encountered in 2 1/2 years of living in his old Oldsmobile mini-van and later in a church basement with his dog Willow.

After publishing his book in 2009 he is now in great demand as a speaker on the topic of homelessness. He receives letters of thanks from the homeless from all over the country as well as from those who have been inspired by his book to help the homeless.  You can reach him at his home north of Bremerton, Washington at (360) 698-5743.

The book is for sale in our office for $15. We are located at 832 6th St. in downtown Bremerton, near the corner of 6th and Warren.  We are open every weekday from 8am to 4pm.   You can also find it on amazon.com or in every public library in the country.

Serious plans are currently underway to make “Breakfast at Sally’s” into a movie.

Tina Bright and three other songwriters have written songs based on chapters in Richard’s book.  If enough songs about the homeless are written by local artists, we will try to make an “Album For the Homeless.”

Richard’s beloved dog Willow, died of cancer on Nov. 21, 2009 at age 14.

You are encouraged to visit the website “breakfastatsallys.com.”   There you will find a copy of the first chapter of the book and other information.