Glad Coffee Oasis is coming to town
June 8, 2012 · Updated 10:17 AM
I am absolutely shocked by the blatant bigotry and anti-Christian rhetoric of Jackson Pedersen’s letter regarding Coffee Oasis coming to Poulsbo (“Concerned about religious approach,” page A4, June 1 Herald).
Contrary to Mr. Pedersen’s assertions, Coffee Oasis has broad support and participation from many local churches and organizations like Kitsap Community Resources, Boys and Girls Club, Seaside Church, Our Lady Star of the Sea, Pepsi, Kitsap Credit Union, Emmanuel Apostolic Church, Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church, Crossroads Neighborhood Church, and others too.
You don’t need a degree in psychology to sit and listen to a kid who has never had someone care enough to take the time to know they were even alive, encourage them to study to get their GED, help them get a driver’s license, give them a place to take a shower and get out of the weather, or connect them with a business person who will give them enough job training to get a job.
In these days of budget and social service cutbacks, it is refreshing and heart-warming to see people who will dedicate their lives to finding ways outside of government programs to help these precious young people get a better life. I wholeheartedly welcome another Coffee Oasis.
Thanks to your letter, Mr. Pedersen, my wife and I will be making a financial contribution to Coffee Oasis, and we encourage others to find their website and do the same and to welcome them to Poulsbo.
If you disagree with the methods of Coffee Oasis, Mr. Pederson, what alternatives are you personally willing to support and participate in for these kids?