Serenity House opens Sequim single-family shelter

SEQUIM — Serenity House officials reached a milestone mid-month when they opened a single-family shelter in Sequim.

“It took a little while to find a unit to put the shelter in, but it’s a perfect location,” said Kim Leach, Serenity House of Clallam County executive director.

The three-bedroom shelter on North Fifth Avenue is near the Housing Resource Center, the bus route and other services.

Although it is intended for a single family, under certain circumstances, the shelter might be able to house two small families, Leach said.

To discourage families from bringing additional belongings, the shelter is fully furnished and livable.

Limiting the amount of personal furniture helps ensure a timely transition between families in need, Leach said.

“There were four homeless families but only one unit available, so the turnover needs to happen very quickly,” she said.

“We want them to shelter there, but we also want them to hit the ground running and be proactive about getting into permanent housing.”

Homeless families may stay up to 45 days rent-free, according to the Serenity House website at

For more information, call 360-477-4918 or go to the Housing Resource Center at 583 W. Washington St.

Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, with closure from noon to 1 p.m. each day for lunch.

More in News

Don Dundon, sales manager at Wilder Toyota, plucks the winning duck from a Wilder truck Sunday at the 33rd annual Duck Derby on Sunday. The winner was Tracy’s Insulation. More than 32,000 ducks were sold this year, the most in the past 12 years. (Dave Logan/For Peninsula Daily News)
Top duck plucked in annual fundraising derby

New record set for Olympic Medical Center Foundation

Duck Derby winners

Thirty-three people won prizes in the 33rd annual Duck… Continue reading

Water outlook bright on Peninsula

Drought forecast for much of Washington

First Fed provides grants to nonprofits

Funding supporting economic development and COVID-19 recovery

The 86th Rhody Festival float, with Princesses Brigette Palmer, left, and Hailey Hirschel waving to the crowd as they go along Lawrence Street in the Uptown neighborhood of Port Townsend. (Steve Mullensky/for Peninsula Daily News)
Rhody weekend

The 86th Rhody Festival float, with Princesses Brigette Palmer, left, and Hailey… Continue reading

Holding their Leadership trophies presented to them in an awards program Saturday at the Port Ludlow Marina are, from left, Rob Birman, executive director of Centrum, Business Leader of the Year; Akira Anderson, Future Business Leader of the Year; and Wendy and Brent Davis, owners of Lila’s Kitchen, Rising Entrepreneur of the year. Two other winners who were unable to attend are Ariel Speser, Citizen of the Year, and Dr. Allison Berry, Young Professional of the Year. (Steve Mullensky/for Peninsula Daily News)
Community leadership awards honor heroes

Former City Council member Citizen of Year

North Olympic Library System upgrades its online catalog

The North Olympic Library System will transition to a… Continue reading

Bret Allen Kenney was in court on Friday.
$5 million bail set in officer assault

Man also a person of interest in homicide of his mother

Candidate filing week ends with list of hopefuls

Three contests to be on primary ballot

Most Read