Fishline is Hiring: HomeShare/Alternative Housing Coordinator

Employment, News
HomeShare/Alternative Housing Coordinator
Reports to: Client Services Manager
Resume and detailed cover letter due by December 14, 2018.

Fishline is seeking a part time HomeShare/Alternative Housing Coordinator. We are seeking a dynamic, self-motivated candidate who has a desire to make a difference in our community by securing housing for those experiencing housing instability or homelessness. This position will partner with community agencies, local churches, private individuals and county authorities to increase housing options in North Kitsap.

Requirements include the ability to work independently and possess strong interpersonal and mediation skills. Light computer skills and strong written communication skills are also needed. Experience with low-income housing populations desired. This position is paid at an hourly rate of $16-$18 per hour, 15-20 hours per week and includes mileage reimbursement.

Please send resume and a detailed cover letter explaining why you would like to be considered for the position to Mary Nader, Executive Director, by December 14, 2018 to Fishline at P.O. Box 1517, Poulsbo, WA 98370 or by email.

HomeShare/Alternative Housing Coordinator Job Description

NATURE OF WORK: The HomeShare/Alternative Housing Coordinator is responsible for coordinating and implementing the HomeShare, Safe Park, and Alternative Housing Options Programs. Duties include working with public, governmental, private and religious organizations and landowners to explore and secure a spectrum of affordable housing options in the Fishline service area of North Kitsap County. These options include home sharing, boarding houses, RV parks, Transitory Accommodations (Tent Cities), and other unconventional housing.


Increase marketing and awareness about HomeShare program to invite more participation, especially from homeowners.

Identify and procure new Safe Park sites for families including those with teenage children.

Work with local non-profits and private land owners to find locations for transitory accommodations; work with local officials to assist with permitting and community consent processes.

Identify, procure and work with partners to acquire or build transitory accommodations, including RVs, Tiny Homes, shareable homes and tents.

Prepare monthly, quarterly, and annual program activity and performance reports that include demographics, successes, and gaps with recommendations for strategic improvements to close gaps and increase successes.

Be the direct and immediate contact for any partners or sites with concerns and proactively monitor that the relationships are positive and rewarding for all involved. Refer any client related concerns to the Fishline Advocate and/or KCR Family Development Specialist for case management.

Network in the community to build relationships with property managers, private landowners, community organizations, churches, and elected representatives to find opportunities to partner in establishing housing options that include boarding houses, RV sites, and other housing options.

Work directly with home seekers and homeowners to facilitate successful HomeShare matches. Assist with completion of paperwork and maintain HomeShare database.

REPORTING RELATIONSHIPS: Position reports to the Client Services Manager.

DESIRED KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS OR ABILITIES: Ability to communicate clearly orally and in writing. Ability to initiate and maintain working relationships with a variety of persons including volunteers, representatives of government agencies, and local community service organizations. Ability to work productively with persons of all backgrounds and ethnicities. Ability to maintain accurate records and to prepare reports; must have strong sense of organization and be good with details. Ability to work independently and possess critical thinking and problem solving skills. Knowledge of and ability to use Microsoft Word and Excel. Knowledge of low income and housing and homelessness issues, current best practices, organizations, policy and laws. Mediation skills are a plus!

Announcing a changing of the guard at Fishline…


While everyone at Fishline is still elated by the opening of our new market and Comprehensive Services Center and basking in the glow of our Grand Opening Celebration, we must announce a pending change in leadership at Fishline.

Mary Nader, Fishline’s Executive Director for the past seven years, has decided to seek a new career challenge.  Under Mary’s leadership, Fishline moved to its current location on Viking Way, implemented many innovative client programs, completed the Transforming Lives Capital Campaign, and built a new facility to house an expanded, healthy foods market and a new Comprehensive Services Center (CSC). One of the first of its kind in the nation, the CSC will house a dozen or more health and human service agencies and serve as a hub for people in need in North Kitsap county.

Mary has contemplated her departure for some time but did not want to leave until Fishline was settled in the new building.  With this goal accomplished, she is ready to pass the baton to a new Executive Director who can lead the organization and work with the board to continue Fishline’s service to the community.  

Mary says it best…

The Board took a chance on me seven years ago when it decided to choose an Executive Director who was new to the non-profit world.  Thankfully, I was brought along by an incredible team of board members, staff and volunteers who showed me what it looks like to love with purpose, to help with respect and to dream without fear.  Together, we have built a strong, caring, unique helping place that is on a secure foundation from which to help for decades to come. I move on from Fishline now with the abiding faith that this 51-year-old organization will continue its care of our community with the same heart and sense of mission it has always had, knowing Fishline will thrive with a new leader with the talent, experience and heart that we need at this moment.  I’m forever grateful for the honor and privilege of serving you and this beautiful community.

Though replacing Mary will not be easy, a search committee has been formed to recruit the next Executive Director.  The application period is now closed. Interviews will be conducted in December, and we hope to have a new ED on board by mid-January.  

Mary will remain with Fishline until a new Executive Director is on board.  

Tom Eckmann, Fishline Board President

Holiday Shopping List of Most Needed Items

Current Needs, News

We are in need of holiday food donations! Not sure of what to donate? Here’s a handy list of our most needed items as well as drop off locations:

  • Fresh sweet potatoes
  • Frozen turkeys
  • Hams
  • Eggs
  • Butter
  • Celery
  • Cake mixes
  • Pies
  • Holiday candies and treats
  • Canned yams
  • Cranberry sauce
  • Coffee
  • Grocery gift cards

Drop off locations:

Perishable donations can be dropped off at Fishline, 19705 NW Viking Ave, Poulsbo on Monday, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 8:30am to 2:45pm and on Wednesdays from 8:30am to 6:45pm.

Non-perishable donations can be dropped off at bins located at Central Market, Red Apple, 1st Security Bank, Liberty Bay Bank, and Safeway.  We also have a bin outside of our donation door at Fishline.

If you don’t have time to pick up a turkey or other holiday sides, you can help us “meat” our holiday needs online here.


“New Fishline building nearly ready to open in Poulsbo”


Fishline’s new $3.9 million facility along Viking Avenue NW, across from Olmstead’s Nursery, is shaping up to be quite an addition to the community. Once completed, the new spot will be a boon to those in need of food and other social services in the north end of the county.

Mary Nader, Fishline’s executive director, said even the landscape design takes into account Fishline’s mission as a food bank.

“Most of the landscaping here has been designed to produce fruit,” Nader said, pointing to the trees and small shrubs in the location’s parking lot. Blueberries, lavender, rosemary, strawberries, rhubarb and currants all line the parking lot, she explained. “It’s just a sweet little reminder of the work that we do, and it’s made it beautiful.”

Click here to read more.

Stamp Out Hunger 26th Annual Food Drive Set for Sat., May 12 Will Benefit Fishline


The National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) will conduct its 26th annual national food drive on Saturday, May 12. The Stamp Out Hunger® Food Drive, the country’s largest single-day food drive, provides residents with an easy way to donate food to those in need in their community. Here in Poulsbo, all donated food goes directly to North Kitsap Fishline, where it will be weighed, sorted, and distributed to households in Poulsbo, Keyport, and Suquamish.

Customers simply leave their donation of non-perishable goods next to their mailbox before the delivery of the mail on Saturday, May 12. Fishline volunteers, in cooperation with the Poulsbo Post Office, will collect food donations along the postal routes.

The Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive is the nation’s largest single-day food drive and is held annually on the second Saturday in May in 10,000 cities and towns in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and Guam. Since the first national Food Drive in 1993, the Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive has collected more than 1.5 billion pounds of food. Last year, nearly 8,000 pounds of that food went to Fishline.

With the economic struggles many Americans face, the Letter Carriers’ Food Drive is as critical as ever. Not only do millions of Americans go hungry, organizations that help them are in need of replenishments. Hunger affects about 50 million people around the country, including millions of children, senior citizens and veterans. Pantry shelves filled up through winter-holiday generosity often are bare by late spring. And, with most school meal programs suspended during summer months, millions of children must find alternate sources of nutrition.

We’re fortunate that Poulsbo’s postmaster Harry Kleinfelter and his team see these struggles in our community and believe it’s important to do what they can to help.

If you are in the Poulsbo area, we encourage you to leave a sturdy bag—paper or plastic—containing non-perishable foods, such as peanut butter, tuna, cereal, canned fruits and vegetables, next to your mailbox before the regular mail delivery on Saturday, May 12th. If you have questions or need more information about Stamp Out Hunger in our area, you can visit our Stamp Out Hunger Event page HERE.

People who have questions about the drive in their area should ask their letter carrier, contact their local post office, or go to, or

If you are interested in volunteering with Fishline on that day, please sign up HERE or email