A Hand Up

helping homeless Veterans

Our Mission

There are resources in Clallam County for Veterans. Our mission is to create a community of 40 tiny houses for homeless Veterans who want to get their lives back on track and to facilitate access to these 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

Big News!

Today, we officially entered into escrow for property! It is at 1430 Lauridsen Blvd! It is our biggest challenge, but we know that, with the help of this great community, we can raise the money needed to purchase the property for cash!

We will be having our public Q&A on the 15th, so please come by and say “Hi”! We would love to answer your questions, and look forward to the opportunity to be able to meet you!

THAT will be followed up by our first fundraiser at Bada NW from 6-8! More details will follow on that soon, so stay posted!”

A Tiny Home

Providing privacy, and dignity in no longer being homeless, is one of the first steps in helping improve the lives of those who come to us for help. Designed to be in “clusters” of 4, each home will have its own bath and small kitchen. Hopefully this lets an individual who is used to being on their own to socialize with a few neighbors if they choose to. This is temporary, a hand up – not a hand out.

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Central Building

An important part of Pennies For Quarters is this facility. Space for individual or group therapy, AA meetings, etc is integral in getting residents the help they need. A computer room will give them the chance to learn new skills and apply for jobs and a laundry room and stock room will provide basic needs. We hope to eventually add a larger commissary and mess hall. On the grounds will also be community gardens which have been shown to be therapeutic and will also allow the residents to save on food costs. The lives these men and women led were very different from what they are experiencing now. We hope to give them back the sense of community and belonging that will help them have a happier and healthier existence.

Resources

Some of the struggles that homeless veterans face are drug addiction, alcohol abuse and PTSD among other mental or behavioral issues.

This type of onsite counseling will be in addition to financial counseling, medical and dental assistance and even veterinary services.

Does the veteran have their ID or know about any benefits available to him/her?

P4Q staff will know how to help and the collaboration with existing programs in the county has been, and will be, an important joint effort in ending homelessness for veterans.

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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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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Debbie Swanson

Debbie Swanson

Vice President

Debbie Swanson is a real estate agent, writer and previous business owner. Her past experience is in restaurant and retail management and spans owning a small kiosk to managing multimillion dollar restaurant operations. From her first taste of entrepreneurship in 1989 she found enjoyment and satisfaction in the hospitality industry.

 

 

 

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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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 Jerry L. Stewart

Jerry L. Stewart

Treasurer

Jerry L. Stewart has been and done many things in his life:  Actor, producer, writer, designer, comptroller, risk management specialist, financial aid administrator, operations manager, business owner, brother, son, and partner.  His interest and involvement with Pennies for Quarters comes from a deep sense of social justice.  What is right is right and what is wrong needs to be changed. While he may not be able to solve all the world’s issues he looks forward to making his own small contribution.

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In the News

Here are several news articles about our projects:

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