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4 Thursday, Sept. 11,2014 - Mason County Journal - Page A-19 Journal photo by Gordon Weeks Victoria Ahlfors is seeking donations to launch a Belfair site of The Coffee Oasis, a faith-based, nonprofit organization that caters to homeless and street-oriented youths in Bremerton, Port Orchard and Poulsbo. The organization has already been given a new 3,800-square- foot building at the five-corners intersection in Belfair, courtesy of Belfair resident Richard Moore. Nonprofit seeks money to open place for at-risk teenagers By GORDON WEEKS gordon@masoncoun com Victoria Ahlfors was 13 and roaming the nighttime streets of downtown Bremerton when she found friendship and fellowship at The Cof- fee Oasis. The faith-based, nonprofit organization of- fered pool tables, concerts and concerned adults who acted as mentors, Ahlfors said. Plus, "It's probably the first place people prayed for me," she said. The Coffee Oasis now has locations in Port to eight residents to help create the site and to Orchard and Poulsbo as well, catering to home- solicit funds. less and street-oriented youths ages 13 to 25. As The nonprofit is seeking $624,000 to cover an outreach coordinator for the group, Ahlfors initial setup and equipment and the first two is seeking to establish a Coffee Oasis in Belfair. years of operations, including salaries, insur- Older Belfair teens have few choices besides ance and furniture, Ahlfors said. sports and parties, said Ahlfors, who moved to Anyone interested in making a tax-deduct- Belfair in March. ible donation can reach Ahlfors at victoria. "We give them something more luring thanahlfors@thecoffeeoasis.com. a party: the ability to succeed in education and The Coffee Oasis was established by Bremer- succeed in life," she said. ton residents Dave and Cindy Frederick. Accord- The establishment has already cleared one ing to the organization's website, Dave was serv- hurdle. Belfair resident Richard Moore has do- ing as a pastor and volunteering as a poIice chap- nated a new 3,800-square-foot building at the lain when the couple became troubled by the pov- five-corners intersection in Belfair, across the erty, drug abuse, neglected children, violence and street from the Faith in Action Thrift Shop on homelessness they saw in downtown Bremerton. Old Belfair Highway. The Coffee Oasis is assembling a team of six see OASIS, page A-24 HARSTINE ISLAND NEWS , open Iam going to guess that a lot of islanders were glued to their TVs last Thursday watching the Seahawks fmishing off the Packers. There just seems to be a whole lot more excitement in the air this year. And speaking of excitement, I'm thinking that the maples are going to start busting out all golden yellow and that is going to make the drive around the island bright. The Harstine Island Com- munity Club will have its mop tNypgtluc~ _an dmeet- ..... ing Friday. The women's club will present a program that will help celebrate the com- mtmity hall's 100th anniversary. Come early, enjoy the social hour and don't forget that a contribution to the potluck will help feed eight hungry mouths. Remember, the hosts and host- esses eat last. Also remember that the 2015 calendars are here and may be bought for $10 at the Saturday Market. The calendar is com- posed of island photos by island By MIKE CALLAGHAN have reminders of importantine Island, the Mason 5 Fire- squeeze, and then take a break island activities, fighters' Association will be to walk the market and maybe There is one more senior having a pancake breakfast. It tour the island. lunch this month. On Sept. 17, is slated to run from 7 a.m. to Also, in conjunction with they will be serving meatloaf 11 a.m. Oct. 11 at fire station October being National Fire along with baked potatoes, 9. This is the station next to the Prevention month, Central Ma- green salad and fruit crisp with community club. They will be son Fire & EMS will have open whipped cream. They will open serving pancakes, French toast, houses at their stations on Oct. the doors about a half hour sausage, eggs, coffee and juice. 11. Then watch for the firefight- before noon, and you should get They are asking for donations ers the following Saturday as there early because this has with proceeds going to Mason 5 they get out for their annual become one of the most popu- Firefighters' Association. Give Burns the Boot collections lar events on the island. If you The farmers market will at the bridge triangle. The pro- are age 50 or older and looking be open that day as well asceeds from this event will go to for a great meal, this is the the annual Island Apple the Northwest Burn Founda- place. The workers all volun- Squeeze. With all the events go- tion. teer their time, and all they ask ing on, it will be a perfect time is a $3 donation to cover food to spend the day on the island. Mike Callaghan lives on costs. What a deal. Start with a great breakfast for Harstine Island. He can be t~hotogr~phers.a:n_d the date~ ~,. i For t he~first tim_e pn' Harst- . . ~ome energy to go work at the cmaile.d, aJ sqba~_g@t~n.co~..: