A Hand Up

helping homeless Veterans

 

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Please Consider Helping our Vets

Our contract included a bump clause. If another offer came in and could close earlier than ours, the seller could accept that offer.

We now have 5 days to complete our transaction. The offer is $170K plus closing costs and we have almost $30K in the bank.

If you have wanted to help our cause and just haven’t yet, this is your opportunity. NOW IS THE TIME.

Donate Now: https://www.gofundme.com/Pennies4Quarters

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Our Mission

To create a community of transitional tiny houses for homeless veterans who want to get their lives back on track and to facilitate access to resources.  Allowing those that have placed their lives on the line for our nation, those that served honorably, in peacetime and in war, to be lost in the system is unacceptable. They deserve our respect and we are proud to offer our time and effort to help

Pennies For Quarters will create a community of tiny houses to help homeless veterans in our community get their lives back on track by providing transitional shelter, common resources, and access to community and social services. Tiny houses will be constructed in clusters of 4 enabling the veterans to gradually re-establish social connections as they recover. Shared resources will include a common building and a community garden. The common building will provide space for meetings such as AA or individual, group, or family counseling; a computer room for access to training and job opportunities and reconnecting with family; and other facilities such as laundry room and stock room. Staff will assist veterans in accessing the existing community and social services and will ensure that members of the community adhere to a code of conduct. On-site counseling will help them recover from drug addiction, alcohol abuse, PTSD, and other mental or behavioral issues. Services such as financial counseling, guidance regarding local education and training opportunities, medical and dental assistance, and veterinary services for those with pets, will help them regain health and confidence. The combination of shelter, a sense of community, and access to resources will provide these brave men and women with a hand up as they accept the challenging mission to rebuild their lives.

Our Board

Matthew Rainwater

Matthew Rainwater

Founder / President

Matthew Rainwater is the founder and president of Pennies For Quarters. He saw the need for this non-profit organization because there are almost 50,000 homeless veterans living in the United States. That is 50,000 too many.  These are not numbers. These are men and women that have put their lives on the line in order to protect this great country of ours. They deserve to be treated better, and Matthew has vowed to do whatever he can in order to make that happen.

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Debbie Swanson

Debbie Swanson

Vice President

Debbie Swanson works for the Clallam Economic Development Corporation, holds her real estate license, and is a previous business owner. Her past experience is in restaurant and retail management and spans owning a small kiosk to managing multimillion dollar restaurant operations. She feels that lending her abilities is a very worthy way to give back to those who served.

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Stacey Mishler

Stacey Mishler

Treasurer

 Stacey Mishler is a financial advisor and small business consultant. She owns Ridgeline Wealth Advisors, LLC, a registered investment advisory firm in Port Angeles. Stacey has an MBA with a dual concentration in accounting and financial management and a BA in psychology

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Stephanie Hyatt

Stephanie Hyatt

Board Secretary

Stephanie Hyatt is a local attorney who specializes in criminal law but is also dedicated to working with nonprofit organizations. She was born and grew up in Port Angeles, Washington, and graduated from Port Angeles High School. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Economics at the University of Washington and her Juris Doctorate from the University of Oregon.

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Jon Krause

Jon Krause

Board Member

Born and raised in Minnesota. Moved West and married a military brat in 1997. Her side has military roots. Professionally, Jon has been employed in a variety of positions with corrections, court and social work since 1989 in several different states. Jon got his BS from Minnesota State University and MA from Liberty University in Human Services and Executive Leadership.

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Courtney Nestler

Courtney Nestler

Board Member

Courtney Nestler is the owner and president of Bright Light Solutions, a marketing company specializing in social media. Her background includes public relations, corporate communications and sales. She and her family moved from Tampa Bay, Florida to the Olympic Peninsula in the summer of 2016 and will be stationed here until 2020, her husband is active duty with the Coast Guard. Courtney is passionate about helping others and building community.

David Wegener

David Wegener

Board Member

David Wegener is a construction professional with 30 years of experience in commercial construction. He and his wife moved with their three young children to Port Angeles in 2004 to escape the big city of Phoenix, Arizona. He is committed to improving the lives of people in need and giving back to his community.

In the News

Jan. 16, 2018 –Pennies for Quarters signs contract on Port Angeles property – Peninsula Daily News

“Pennies for Quarters was honored to receive the support of the Clallam County Commissioners today! Their support means a lot to us in our efforts to bring an end to homeless veterans on the Peninsula!”  (Click for larger view)

Here are several news articles about our projects:

On April 29, 2017, our Founder and President, Matthew Rainwater, got a chance to talk to Republican Senator Doug Ericksen about our plan to help house the homeless veterans in our area. Sen. Ericksen expressed a lot of interest in our plan, and we are looking forward to continuing the conversation about what he can do to help! Sen. Ericksen is not only the Chair of the Energy, Environment and Telecommunications Committee, but he is also a member of President Trump’s transition team for the EPA. We are super excited to have gotten the chance to share our vision with him!

Pennies For Quarters In Escrow For Site – KONP News, March 27, 2017

Pennies for Quarters finds property for tiny homes community to help vets – Peninsula Daily News, March 27, 2017

$10,000 donation to help start Pennies for Quarters’ tiny houses plan for veterans – Peninsula Daily News, Dec. 30, 2016

Pennies For Quarters Receives Substantial Donation – KONP News, Dec. 27, 2016

$10,000 gift kickstarts houses for homeless veterans – King 5 News, Dec. 26, 2016

PABA Hosts Veterans Housing Group – KONP News, Nov. 22, 2016

Pennies for Quarters seeks to build tiny houses for homeless veterans – Peninsula Daily News, Nov. 16, 2016