Featured Article – “A Promise to Honor Families of the Fallen”
John Kendall, a volunteer researcher with North Olympic History Center wrote this February 2018 article that chronicles the founding of Captain Joseph House by Betsy Schultz. This is worth your read as it details the tragedy in Afghanistan that led to the first family-to-family respite house in the Country for Gold Star Families. On the eve of the completion of the remodel and Open House on March 20, Kendall is publishing another article. Stay tuned.

Open house set for Gold Star Family center

Open House Set for Gold Star Family Center
PORT ANGELES — It’s quiet today, but on Sunday, Captain Joseph House will be alive with visitors viewing the nation’s one-of-a-kind respite facility for U.S. military families who lost loved ones in combat Iraq and Afghanistan. “With this open house celebration, we want to show the community what has taken nine years of contributions of money, labor and materials to finish — the remodel of a house that will be ready to honor military families who lost their spouses, siblings and children,” said Betsy Reed Schultz, executive director of the Captain Joseph House Foundation.

Captain Joseph House – Open House

Captain Joseph House – Open House
An open house to show a respite house for U.S. military families that lost loved ones in Iraq and Afghanistan is planned for Sunday and Monday, March 20 and 21, in Port Angeles. Captain Joseph House honors the death of Captain Joseph Schultz who died in Afghanistan. “This open house will show the community our commitment to finish the mission,” said Betsy Reed Schultz, mother of Captain Joseph who created the foundation.

Director Betsy Reed Schultz shared a sign thanking the restaurant with owner Bret Wirta and manager Linda Donaghay accepting the sign

Black Bear Diner Continues Support for Captain Joseph House
The founder of the Captain Joseph House Foundation recently thanked representatives with the Black Bear Diner in Sequim with a sign for customers’ fourth year making an annual donation. Throughout 2020, diner customers donated nearly $4,000 by rounding up their bills or donating at the cash register to the foundation.

Reed Finfrock, a 74-year-old ultramarathon bicyclist from Sequim

Sequim Bicyclist Rides for Captain Joseph House

In a year with a multitude of national and regional catastrophes, all that “Flamingo” wanted to do was get his tenth race in and go home. Earlier this month — 508 dust- and smoke-strewn miles later, Reed Finfrock did just that. The 74-year-old Sequim ultra marathon bike rider with the bird nickname joined about 90 other brave souls to take on the Silver State 508, a bike race that starts in Reno, Nev.

Captain Joseph House

Freedom Actual A Trupatriot Publication
Captain Joseph House was founded by Betsy Schultz in memory of her only child, Captain Joseph Schultz who was killed in action in Afghanistan. Out on patrol, Joe always rode in the first HUMVEE, because of his core belief in ‘leading from the front.’ As a rule, he never asked his men to do anything that he himself wouldn’t do.

Tribute Towers in Port Angeles show faces of sacrifice

Remembering Our Fallen: Tribute Towers in Port Angeles Show Faces of Sacrifice
Every face tells a story. Nearly 5,000 stories were being told last weekend in a traveling photographic war memorial on display at the Captain Joseph House in Port Angeles. The national “Remembering Our Fallen” memorial honors U.S. service members who have died in combat since 9/11.

Captain Joseph House Foundation

November 2016 Charity of the Month: Captain Joseph House Foundation
Captain Joseph House Foundation has been named Bonneville Seattle’s Charity of the Month for November, for lending support to Gold Star families of our military’s fallen war heroes. Their mission is simple, yet meets a deeply needed level of compassion that has been missing for those who have been most impacted by their loss.

Karen McCormick

Milestones: Captain Joseph House Receives Grants
With two recent grants, the Captain Joseph House in Port Angeles is getting closer to being able to provide respite for Gold Star families, the families of fallen military service members. Since breaking ground on June 24, 2013, volunteers have logged more than 12,000 hours on the project saving the Captain Joseph House Foundation $150,000 off the cost of the remodel. Gold Star mom and CJHF founder Betsy Reed Schultz is more determined than ever to achieve her goal and two new grant awards are bringing her closer.

Eric Tingstad and Nancy Rumbel

Tingstad, Rumbel Back on the Peninsula
Join Grammy Award-winning artists Eric Tingstad and Nancy Rumbel for “The Gift of Giving” Benefit for Captain Joseph House Foundation dinner, concert and auction from 5-9:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, at C’est Si Bon, 23 Cedar Park Drive, Port Angeles. Tingstad is a composer who plays finger-style guitar and Rumbel plays oboe, English horn and the double ocarina, a type of flute.


Crème Tangerine’s Veterans Day Concert to Benefit Captain Joseph House Foundation
Beatles tribute band Crème Tangerine will rock 7 Cedars Casino in Sequim on Tuesday, Nov. 11, with a special Veterans Day concert benefitting the Captain Joseph House Foundation. The foundation is a one-of-a-kind non-profit corporation created to lend support to the families of our country’s fallen military heroes, known as Gold Star families.

Carson Holt with a pumpkin

Growing a Pumpkin Patch for More Scout Patches and Captain Joseph House
Sequim Scouts often seem to do a good deed. Carson Holt, 12, a Tenderfoot with Boy Scout Troop 1492, is no exception as he readies the last of his pumpkins as part of an ongoing benefit. This is the second year he’ll split proceeds of his pumpkins to help his Scouting endeavors and to the Captain Joseph House Foundation, an effort to provide respite to families of fallen soldiers.

People working

Home Depot Volunteers Jump in, Help Captain Joseph House
A swarm of orange Home Depot T-shirts and their owners buzzed around the Captain Joseph House in Port Angeles the morning of Friday, June 6, measuring, sawing and hammering. Between 25-30 volunteers from The Home Depot in Sequim volunteered to build a five-sided, glass-enclosed gazebo for reflection in a therapeutic garden as part of the respite inn for families of fallen soldiers.

Captain Joseph House Foundation founder Betsy Reed Schultz at the Black Bear Diner Spring Benefit with help from Sam Coyle.

Feeding a Good Cause
Captain Joseph House Foundation founder Betsy Reed Schultz at the Black Bear Diner Spring Benefit with help from Sam Coyle. From 7 a.m. -9 p.m. on April 28 the Black Bear Diner hosted “Dine to Donate,” Captain Joseph House Foundation’s spring benefit.

A tudor home in Port Angeles that was once a bed and breakfast is being remodeled to become the Captain Joseph House

Captain Joseph House a Labor of Love and Life
Capt. Joseph William Schultz often had conversations with his mother, Betsy, during his time in the service. The topic of those conversations often focused on what each of them should do if the other were to die. Betsy — like far too many mothers with children in the military — had to live with the reality that her son could precede her in death.

Remembering Our Fallen