The Examined Life
Welcome to the Web site of Sally Santana ~ that would be me.
I am known in my community (Kitsap County, WA) primarily for my faith and values column that runs in The Kitsap Sun (www.kitsapsun.com) every other Saturday, and for the volunteer work I do, primarily in the areas of hunger and homelessness. Having spent a good deal of my childhood and youth living in those conditions, I find myself in a place, now, where I can be of some help in alleviating it for my neighbors and wider community.
I also produce, with a lot of help from others, two publications that are updated more often than I visit here, so I’ll direct you again to The Kitsap Sun, and then to my blog, “Side Street News”, where the latest versions are posted, along with info on local resources, grant and event opportunities, and other items that would benefit the community. They are the “Kitsap Guide for the Homeless and Low-Income” and the “Homeless In Kitsap” newsletter. Both are distributed widely throughout the county. I would post them here but I never got the hang of it using this ftp program.
I’ll go ahead a list a few groups and committees I’m involved with, so if you have any questions or thoughts along those lines you can shoot me an email and we can discuss them. My email is at the bottom of the page.
I am associated with the:
Kitsap Interfaith Network / The Interfaith Network (WA ST)
Kitsap Continuum of Care Coalition (Executive Committee member at large)
I’m on the following CoCC committees:
Severe Weather Shelter
Outside Homeless (chair)
Point In Time Count / Project Connect
Community Education & Outreach (chair)
Olympic College “Students In Need Group” (SING)
Peninsula Community Health Services (board member rep for low-income)
South Kitsap School District Whole Child/Whole Community Group
Vulnerable Populations Committee (thru Kitsap Dept. of Emerg. Mgmt.)
Protocol to Release Homeless from Harrison Medical Center group (chair)
I organize our local observances of:
National Homeless Memorial Day
National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week
Warm For Winter (crafters create hats and scarves for the homeless
I would also like to thank the following organizations for recognizing my community work because it draws attention to the numbers and needs of our homeless, and because I hope to inspire folks (you?) to volunteer, and to recognize that you don’t have to have a lot of time, talent, money, physical or mental ability, to contribute to your community in a meaningful way. If you’re looking for some way to volunteer, let me know and I’ll connect you with opportunities.
Port Orchard Rotary Paul Harris Fellowship (they donated $750 to severe weather
Soroptimist of Greater Bremerton “Ruby Award” (they donated $500 to The Salvation Army to cover motel/camping fees for mothers with sons 12 and over that aren’t allowed in to shelters.)
Kitsap County Association of Realtors 2009 “Citizen of the Year Award”.
Kitsap Credit Union/Kitsap Sun “Healthy Tomorrow Award”
United Way of Kitsap County “Volunteer of the Year Award”
The C. Keith Birkenfeld Humanitarian of the Year Award (they donated $25,000 to
the Students In Need Group at Olympic College which works to remove barriers
to students staying in school).
Kitsap County Human Rights Council “Wall of Fame” Award
Governor’s Outstanding Volunteer Service Award (one of many given out).
Updated March 2011
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“I think it is necessary to realize that we have moved from the era of civil rights to the era of human rights.”
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Nov. 13 thru 19, 2011
Check my blog,
“Side Street News”
“Homeless in Kitsap” newsletter
Guide for the
other helpful information
“Christ has no body but yours,
St. Teresa of Avila