“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.  One screenplay has already been written but it did not meet expectations, so another screenplay will be written.

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

In the meantime, Richard has been speaking all over the country about his experiences.  He especially delights in making appearances in front of high school students and making them aware that many of their own classmates are homeless, making it difficult for them to do their homework, get enough sleep and stay clean.  He has tried to launch an informational campaign on this issue but so far has been unable to garner enough financial support.  If you are interested in helping Richard with this project, please contact Major Jim Baker at james.baker@usw.salvationarmy.org.  (Richard does not own a computer and therefore has no e-mail address.)

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.

7 Responses to ““BREAKFAST AT SALLY’S” By Richard LeMieux”

  1. Jackie says:


    I am so very sorry for your loss of Willow. I am an animal lover also and on many occassions they have helped me survive years of depression. I hope someday you can find another companion that can become your special friend. Maybe not another Willow but with their own special personality.

    I read your book and have passed it on and on. I’ve always been an animal advocate but you and your book inspired me to become aware of the homeless people not only here in our area but all over. I am making it my mission to pass out meal gift cards to those I see in real need. If they have a pet with them I also give a gift card for a local petstore.

    May you have a wonderful Christmas. Please know that your book is being enjoyed and is an inspiration to many folks.

  2. I was profoundly affected by Richard’s book. Especially since I grew up in Poulsbo and know every nook and cranny he wrote about. It hits home like nothing else has. Is there any speaking or book signing schedule for him. I seem to hear about them all after the fact. I wish I could have met Willow but Richard would be wonderful to meet and have him sign my book. I will forever be contributing what I can to you

  3. sriabhi.v says:

    I have just finished your book and cried to my mom in it. It is very hearttouching. After your book I will contribute all I earn to homeless people

  4. Jim says:

    Richard, I was a firefighter for over 20 years. I went into a bad depression, bad, I lost everything my wife left, took my dogs, and left me on the streets. On the day I started to read your book. I was struggling so bad. I worked for a bit for the Sally, I saved a mans life, when he OD at the sally, I did CPR, he lived, and months later found dead behind a dumpster. I just read that Willow died, and I cant stand that. I would love to talk to you one day. I hope to hear from you, I am on the last pages of your book right now. I sit on a park bench every morning, in Florida, looking at the cover, of the book, and it gets me through each day, but I am so sad I am at the end of the book, I feel all alone, not having another page to read, take care, and hope to hear from you. Jim

  5. Jaime says:

    Loved Richard’s book! So touching and insightful. Thank you.

  6. Dorothy Owsley says:

    Hello Richard,

    This is Dorothy, Mittie’s freind. I remember when I brought you and Wiiow food when you lived inthe trailer. I am so happy for you. I am in Virginia taking care of my parents.

  7. Wendy says:

    Thank you for writing your book. I came across it during a most difficult time of my life. I had NEVER been there. I had worked for 1 Fortune 500 company – Whirlpool for 15 years. I somehow found your book at a local library after being released from a hospital and read it by day and by streetlight at night. I was living in my car at the time. Thankfully I found my way a few days later. I lived in a homeless shelter for almost 2 months, and it was one whose mission was to help find work & housing for those who had none. I began volunteering there 3 months after moving out. And now am on the board of directors sharing my story. Your book absolutely validated how I felt at that time. Life changing experience for sure. Thank you, and I begin speaking my story to our local churches in a couple of weeks. My story has been shared through the media, but been shared by others – not me. I finally found what I was supposed to do. I am not sure where you are located, but would like to talk to you about speaking to our local community. I was so moved by your book. Incredibly powerful, and just wow. Please let me know if you can do this. If not, I’d love to receive any comment from you.


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