Thank you so much for your interest in our campaign. Any amount helps! Coffee for Hope is fiscally sponsored by Kitsap Community Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, which means that all donations to this film are tax-deductible. Kitsap Community Foundation has approved the film’s budget and exercises financial supervision of all donations.
On any given night, in every county of Washington State, countless teens go without food to eat or shelter for sleep. Across the water from Seattle, the doors of The Coffee Oasis are open to hundreds of homeless youth in Kitsap County, offering them not only a meal and a warm bed, but also something they’ve never had before – real hope. Coffee For Hope is a film-in-the-making about the people behind this exemplary organization and the homeless teens whose lives they are affecting.
Best described by their mission statement, the Coffee Oasis exists to “change the world for homeless youth one community after another through evidence-based youth programs supported by sustainable coffee businesses”. The “Coffee O” is a non-profit coffee business and a safe haven for disadvantaged and neglected youth. What began 20 years ago in Bremerton as a single coffee shop & teen drop-in center has evolved into three youth centers (with another opening this year), case management, therapy, transitional housing, a shelter, job training, mentorship, an internship program, and a 24-hour crisis hotline.
In 2016 alone, over 1,300 teens & young adults visited the drop-in centers in Kitsap County. The people behind Coffee Oasis understand that the issues affecting homeless youth can’t be fixed by simply getting the teens off the street - many of these kids are broken from their past experiences. Coffee O strives to rebuild their spirit by giving them a place to belong.
The CoFFee Oasis
Please join us on our journey to show how one small business can make a world of difference.
Debora Lascelles is a writer, director, and producer. Originally from Poulsbo, Washington, Debora spent part of her childhood sailing in the South Pacific. This early adventure helped spark her vivid imagination and instilled her with a lifelong passion for storytelling. She attended USC’s School of Cinematic Arts where she was selected by the faculty as one of only four students to direct a thesis project, and then chosen again as a writer – both highly coveted positions in the film program. Debora’s short films have been selected to play at film festivals throughout the United States and Europe. While at USC, she met fellow student, Jake Ortega. Now several years later, they have a daughter, a production company, and are embarking on their first feature-length documentary as co-directors.
Jake was born and raised in the suburbs of Los Angeles. He studied Film & Television Production at the University of Southern California, where he met Debora Lascelles, his other half. During his final year of school, Jake was selected by faculty to direct one of four senior thesis films with $10,000 of funding. The lifelong Los Angelino and his other half moved to Washington State a month after the birth of their daughter. Shortly after the move, the duo began pre-production on Coffee for Hope. Ultimately, Jake’s purpose as a filmmaker is to tell stories that emotionally educate and inspire resilience.
Sandy Smolan is an award-winning director and producer whose work spans features, television, and documentaries. His critically acclaimed feature film 'Rachel River" was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival. Sandy has produced films in partnership with The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, The MacArthur Foundation, Heifer International, and Sundance Film Festival. He has also directed films for ABC, CBS, and HBO, as well as over 50 prime time network series. His documentary, “The Human Face of Big Data” was selected to be part of the American Film Showcase, and was broadcast on PBS in 2016.
We understand not everybody has money to contribute. If you can’t afford to donate financially, there are other important ways you can help:
PLEASE SHARE OUR SITE LINK! It is with EVERY single share that we boost awareness of this project! It’s
incredibly useful for us if you share this page via social media. Also personal email to friends, family and
colleagues go a really long way in helping us get the word out.
Join our REFERRAL PROGRAM: You get a special referral code to share with your friends and networks. You can receive a perk up to the $ value that your referrals brought in. For example, if your referrals donated $100, we'll give you your perk of choice that is offered at $100 or less! Please contact us directly if you are interested in helping out this way
LIKE OUR FACEBOOK PAGE AND INVITE YOUR FRIENDS. This is a great way to stay up to date with
our campaign and film.
Talk about our project to family, friends, co-workers, and anyone interested in coffee, film, or helping others
Write a blog or article about the film
Visit our “Get Involved” section to find ways to help The Coffee Oasis and homeless youth in your community.
• Crew Wages
• Color Correction
• Sound Editing
• Original Music & Music Licensing
• Re-Recording Sound Mixing
• Film Festival Fees
• Graphics Design
General Overhead includes:
• Crowdfunding Fees
• Contingency Fund
We can't believe taxes are this high either!
Sponsorship perks have been tailored for organizations/corporations, but perk packages can be custom designed if an individual would like to contribute at this level. Please contact us for more information.
Due to lack of funding, many nonprofits rely on volunteer support to operate. Here are a few opportunities:
- Help prepare and serve meals to the homeless. Find a shelter or soup kitchen near you:
“Weekend Food Backpack” program for kids through a school near you
Contact The Coffee Oasis to volunteer &/or be a mentor to a homeless youth.
If you don’t have the time to volunteer, consider donating to local shelters or transitional housing programs.
Clothing and shoes: coats, gloves, socks, sweatshirts, sweatpants, undergarments, etc.
Hygiene items: shampoo, toothpaste, tooth brushes, deodorant, feminine hygiene products, etc.
Outdoor gear: tents, sleeping bags, tarps, flashlights, batteries
Food: individually wrapped snacks, Cup of Noodles, hot chocolate packets, etc.
Bus tokens, gas cards, phone cards
Consider hosting a coat or clothing drive that goes directly to local non-profits through your neighborhood, job, or school.
There are a lot of misconceptions about how and why teens become homeless. The first thing you can do to help homeless youth is to realize that the old stereotypes regarding them just are not true. The “it takes a village to raise a child” philosophy does not work unless all of us educate ourselves and take measurable steps towards change. Here are a few informative sites to visit:
Nationwide: National Network for Youth (NN4Y) - a public education and policy advocacy organization dedicated to the prevention and eradication of youth homelessness in America.
Washington State: A Way Home Washington - a growing movement dedicated to ensuring homeless youth in Washington State receive the support, care, and resources they need.
Kitsap County: Kitsap Continuum of Care Coalition - promoting community awareness of homelessness issues through education, legislative advocacy, mutual support and the sharing of resources.
Once this film is complete, please ask us how you can host a screening of this film at your civic group, community group, or church.
VOTE! The local elections matter just as much as the presidential ones.
Discover politics in your state
Get to know your local legislators and review their votes. Search upcoming legislation regarding youth homelessness and track bill progress: https://openstates.org/
Become a Youth Advocate
Take policy action and start a petition to improve opportunities and support for homeless youth in your area.
Influence policymaking - some actions involve direct communication with policymakers, such as through phone calls, letters, emails, town hall meetings, and site visits.
Contact your community leaders and elected officials about opening a center for homeless youth in your area.