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Can’t imagine being a homeless teen

There is a modern-day Poulsbo historical connection to the homeless teen/young person coffee house that should be mentioned.

The original owners of the Coffee Oasis were Poulsbo native  Jeff Driscoll and his wife Carla.  Jeff and Carla were members of Vinland Lutheran Church when they opened the coffee house in a small building just down the block from Olympic College. It was Jeff’s dream to provide a safe place with a Christian atmosphere for students to study and connect.

While Jeff’s coffee house dream was successful, he finally sold it after realizing he was being called to ordained ministry; he is now a Lutheran pastor. Jeff is the son of Judy Driscoll, author and devoted member of the Poulsbo Historical Society, and Jeff’s dad is a teacher at North Kitsap High School.

On a side note about this, the Harrison Medical Center Emergency Department at the Silverdale campus has been supporting the Coffee Oasis kids at Christmas for the past three years.  It is our joy to serve them in this small way.  I cannot imagine being homeless as a child, can you?

Kay Gearllach


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