“Breakfast at Sally’s” Author to Speak on October 6th


“One day, Richard LeMieux had a happy marriage, a palatial home, and took $40,000 Greek vacations. The next, he was living out of a van with only his dog, Willow, for company. This astonishingly frank memoir tells the story of one man’s resilience in the face of economic disaster. Penniless, a failed suicide, estranged from his family, and living “the vehicular lifestyle” in Washington state, LeMieux chronicles his journey from the Salvation Army kitchens to his days with “C”—a philosopher in a homeless man’s clothing—to his run-ins with Pastor Bob and other characters he meets on the streets. Along the way, he finds time to haunt public libraries and discover his desire to write. 

LeMieux’s quiet determination and his almost pious willingness to live with his situation are only a part of this politically and socially charged memoir. The real story of an all-too-common American condition, this is a heartfelt and stirring read.”

Richard Lemieux, the author of Breakfast at Sally’s will be the main speaker at Breakfast with Fishline on October 6, 9 to 10:30am at the Gateway Fellowship Hall, Gateway Church in Poulsbo.  In addition, former clients of Fishline will also talk about their experiences with Fishline services.  A modest breakfast will be provided.

Tickets available at Fishline, Second Season, or Marina Market.
$20 – General Admission
$10 – Seniors and Students
$ 5 – Fishline Clients

This book is available on Amazon and at Barnes & Nobles in Silverdale.

Poulsbo Kids Day

Join Fishline on the third annual Poulsbo Kid’s Day for a fun lunch of hot dogs, chips, and a coke for $4.  Additional hot dogs are only $2.  The event will be held in the College Marketplace (near the Home Depot parking lot) on Saturday, September 15th 10am – 3pm.  
It will be a full day of family fun with food, games, prizes and more.
  • See what the City Parks and Recreation Dept has to offer (i.e. gymnastics)!
  • Get creative at the Home Depot® craft booth!
  • Have a blast at the bike rodeo obstacle course!
  • All things safety: bike helmet fittings, car seat inspections and Internet safety how-to’s.
  • Explore real fire trucks and police cars – even a police boat!
  • Pet adoptions through the Humane Society®.
  • Free electronic fingerprinting and DNA kits!
  • Help your community: donate 3 non-perishable food items or make a cash donation to the “Food for Thought” program
  • Meet McGruff, the crime fighting dog
  • See K-9 Unit demonstrations (attack and take-down)
  • Have your face painted
  • Play with the “Caring Clowns”

Community Events, Week of September 10


On Wednesday, September 12Suquamish Church of Christ will host a community dinner between 5-7pm. This is a weekly event. All are welcome. 

On Thursday, September 13, First Lutheran Church in Poulsbo will host a community dinner between 5-6pm. This is a weekly event. All are welcome. 

Also on Thursday, Kitsap Community Resources and American Financial Solutions is offering a free seminar called “Bankruptcy Facts:  Separating Fact from Fiction.” This helpful seminar will be held between 5:30 and 7pm at 1201 Park Avenue, Bremerton.  

On Saturday, September 8, Gateway Fellowship Church in Poulsbo will also host a community lunch, from 11:30 to 1pm. This is a weekly event and all are welcome. 

Also on Saturday, Poulsbo Kids Day will be held at the Home Depot Parking Lot.  Join 1st Security Bank and the businesses from Olhava in the College Marketplace for the 3rd annual Poulsbo Kids Day from 10am to 3pm.  It will be a full day of family fun with food, games, prizes, and more.  We will be collecting canned food for NK Fishline as well as donations for our Food for Thought program. 

Donation Station: Don’t forget — on Saturday, the Fishline van will be at Albertson’s in Poulsbo to collect food and clothing donations from 11am to 1pm. This is a weekly event until October.

Contact NK Fishline to add your event to our calendar! Want to plan ahead? Visit our website to review the events calendar.

Message from the Director: Food for Thought

One of the nice improvements of our new front market is that families can now shop together. It is heartwarming to watch families receive the food they need, shopping together and deciding together. Since it’s summer, the children often come along now – we have popsicles in the freezer for just this reason. You can’t tell by watching them as they happily fill their baskets, but state and national statistics tell us that 1 out of 4 of these children will not eat regularly or nutritiously, the definition of food insecurity.
Often, children don’t tell us when they’re hungry. But there are signs that are easy to see. School staff witness the sad reality of hungry children every day. They know a child is hungry because he or she rushes to lunch, often lingering with hope for more, they hoard their food or seem listless and unenergetic. Sometimes diabetic children go without mid-day snacks, a dangerous prescription for lethargy or worse. This may come about because of family economics, parents busy working and not organizing meals for their children, or just simply as a result of neglect. But whatever the reason, we as a community must do everything we can to feed our children. The risk of not doing so is obvious and unthinkable.
In 2009, North Kitsap Fishline started a program called Food for Thought. When children were referred by school counselors, they could receive a pack of easy-to-prepare, child-friendly food items enough to last the weekend. They were delivered discretely by school staff so the children could receive their food without embarrassment. The program was an instant success – within 2 years, enrollment was at 188 children, spanning ages of 5 through 18. As impressive as this number is, it is only a fraction of the 2,200 children who are on free/reduced-lunch programs in this School District, an indication of extremely low income and possibly, food insecurity.
This a mandate for our community. We must reach out to every child who suffers from hunger and make sure they have enough food to thrive, to be healthy and to learn. As we enter into a new school year, Fishline will focus on childhood nutrition, improving the pack components to be of the healthiest ingredients and work with the schools to make sure every child who needs our help will receive it. We’d also like to expand our program to include school day snacks, a possibility with your help.
You can support this program by making a donation at one of the links on our sidebar or by writing “Food for Thought” on the notes field of your check. In a program we are introducing, you can be a sponsor, with an opportunity to have an anonymous relationship with a child who will benefit from your concern – our web site has details.
We’re already making great progress toward a community free from want, but we have work ahead and by working together, our progress will continue.

Fishline Celebrates September’s Community Partner: Poulsbo Lions


When our community gathered recently to memorialize Garvin Tootle, Fishline’s respected Operations Manager, a striking display of red and gold was everywhere. In an honoring gesture, the Poulsbo Lions had tshirts made up that celebrated Garvin and his relationship with Fishline, the Lions and our community. The Poulsbo Lions had also taken on the arrangement of the facilities for Garvin’s memorial, and in fine Lions style, quietly and perfectly constructed a setting that will linger long in the minds of those who attended.

This is just one of many, many ways that the Poulsbo Lions group has helped Fishline. For years, some of our most demanding jobs, such as retrieving grocery items from Central at 5 am, have been taken on by members of the Lions community. They volunteer, they raise money and they rally when there is a need, as they have been doing so for many years.

Aside from assisting helping agencies like Fishline, the Lions also help with prescription glasses and hearing aids, a very needed service since many insurance policies do not include it. Because they are so quiet about their accomplishments, many do not realize all that they do to help our community. But Fishline is grateful for this partnership.