For the second time, The Coffee Oasis will open a Port Orchard location.
A grand opening is set from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 1, at its newest location in Port Orchard — 80 Bay Street.
The Coffee Oasis is a faith-based non-profit organization dedicated to helping youth in the community. It will consist of a café in the downstairs of the building, and a youth center in the upstairs.
The funds from the business will be used to support outreach programs, hire outreach workers and operate drop-in centers.
“They get a place to come, a place to go, to make friendships,” said Megan Sheppard, director of marketing for The Coffee Oasis.
The Port Orchard location was constructed and funded through the efforts of local rotary clubs. The organization spent months trying to find a good location in Port Orchard, and even worked to sign leases on a few different locations that ultimately fell through, until they finally found their current location back in April.
Since then, many volunteers, especially from the rotary clubs, have been working on the initial cleaning and construction before the contractors start the plumbing and electric work.
“We were just incredibly excited about it and blessed by it,” Sheppard said. “We are very excited to be in Port Orchard. We’ve had the youth center open downtown, but we’ve missed the community and we’ve missed being there.”
The Coffee Oasis was originally located on Bethel Avenue, when director of business development Curtis Zulauf took over the space that formerly housed Solid Rock Café, and gave the establishment a new identity. Former owner Roxanne Harper stayed on to work for him.
The Coffee Oasis also has locations in Bremerton and Poulsbo, and in the Kitsap County Administration Building.
For more information on The Coffee Oasis or their youth programs, visit their website at www.thecoffeeoasis.com.