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
Pennies For Quarters will create a community of 40 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, and each house will have its own bathroom and small kitchen. These houses will provide privacy and restore dignity, which is one of the first steps in improving the lives of the homeless. The spacing of the homes in clusters, with 10 clusters of 4 in the community, will enable 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. The community garden will be therapeutic and beautiful, and will also allow residents to save on food costs. Staff will assist veterans in accessing the existing community and social services and will ensure that members of the community adhere to the code of conduct, including remaining alcohol- and drug-free. On-site counseling will help them recover from drug addiction, alcohol abuse, PTSD, and other mental or behavioral issues. Other 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.
1. Help homeless veterans become productive and able to live independently in their own housing
2. Provide a space where participants can work to resolve the issues that led to their homelessness
Tickets available at the following locations:
Sequim Farmer’s Market – August 5th
Ice Cream Social – August 13th
The New Moon Craft Tavern
Bada Coffee Bar
Pennies for Quarters
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.
Why does he care so much? It is simple. Matthew spent 8 years serving in the US Army from 1988 to 1996. His dad retired from the US Air Force. Two of his brothers served in the US Air Force. His youngest daughter just finished her enlistment in the US Marines. He has had the privilege of working with some of the finest men and women that he has ever known.
In 1996 he felt that he was at a point in his life where he wanted to spend more time with family, yet still wanted to serve his country. The US Border Patrol is the job that he has had for the last 20 years and Matthew is looking forward to continuing his service for the foreseeable future. By being a Border Patrol Agent he still is able to uphold the oath of defending our great country from all enemies, foreign and domestic. He is able to serve the great people of our country and give back to what he believes is the greatest nation on the Earth.
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.
He also graduated from seminary with a Doctorate in Biblical Counseling. He is on the Board for a local mental health agency and active member in a Corrections Association, He has lived in Port Angeles from 1994 - 1997 and back again since 2003. He teaches prison reentry and transition classes for Prison Fellowship in a local state prison. His family is also involved in an insurance business.
Personally, he enjoys the NW with all its amenities and outdoor life. He cares about our community and especially those who served in the military so that we can enjoy our freedoms and quality of life. He views P4Q as a great way to give back to our community and those who served our country. Jon believes transitional services to our homeless veterans is crucial in getting their lives back in order and giving them opportunities for a better life. His life motto is: "The older I get, the more important it's becoming to leave my footprint for good in relieving and healing the pain of the afflicted."
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.
Debbie owned two homemade ice cream & coffee stores in Savannah, GA from 2005 to 2010 which were deeply rooted in the community, and participated in numerous fundraising efforts for schools, churches and charities as well as local festivals. Living in Savannah also provided her first daily military interaction with families and soldiers, being so close to Fort Stewart.
Debbie credits her compassion to having a wonderful family and parents. Sure there are many, many great causes to support. This particular project is so very important because it has the capability to change homeless veteran’s lives for the better. There’s no denying that they deserve that. The chance to make a difference – that’s the goal, the reason. A Port Angeles resident since early 2015, Debbie looks forward to having a positive impact on what could possibly be the entire county…with an Army veteran dad who would be proud.
Currently a Realtor in Sequim, Debbie is also a member of the Port Angeles Business Association and continuously sees the generosity that both of these cities have. Although she has a passion for travel, she is excited to have chosen to live in Clallam County and experience all of the amazing things it has to offer.
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.
After becoming licensed to practice law in 2014, Stephanie returned to her hometown to open a solo practice. She also serves on the board of the Clallam County Bar Association as the President for 2017, the board of Clallam-Jefferson County Probono Lawyers as the Secretary, and the board of Port Scandalous Roller Derby as the President.
Jerry L. Stewart
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.
Jerry has known many people who, through no fault of their own or due to personal circumstance, have found themselves homeless. The climb back from that situation can be long and arduous and is seldom achieved without a helping hand or hands. Homeless veterans are an under-served minority within the larger homeless population. Our veterans have sacrificed many things for their country and they deserve better.
Jerry’s father, a first generation American, was the youngest crew member on the USS San Carlos during World War II and his brother served in Viet Nam. When Jerry’s brother returned from Viet Nam, he suffered from both PTSD and substance abuse issues. Without the strong support of his family, he could have easily become one of this country’s homeless veterans.
Jerry looks forward to bringing his knowledge to the aid of Pennies for Quarters and Clallam County’s homeless veteran population.
In the 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