Effective January 18, 2019: Important Changes for all applicants

October 5, 2018

Starting January 1 , 2019. All Applicants will pay a $250.00 refundable deposit ,  we require a minimum donation of $250 per stay  and an application fee of $25.00 ( not refundable) in addition to the cleaning fee charges as follows: We are changing to one cleaning fee of $125 for all guests (6 total people per unit) In addition to these changes all payments will be made via credit card thru the square app. ( an invoice will be issued upon application approval and be emailed to you to pay directly) and we will no longer accept paypal and checks as of January 1, 2019. I am also in the process of revamping the application and will have a new application on the blog as soon as possible.

So total up front costs for a stay at Beside Still Waters is:

1-6 Guests is a minimum of $650.00 of that $250 is refundable upon request.

The maximum stay is now 10 full days year round. So starting january 1, 2019 your check in day and check out day do not count towards your 10 day maximum stay.

Deposit will be refunded upon request via square back to your credit card. You will be notified if any damages that are noted in the units by our cleaning staff including but not limited to furnishings, linens, dishes and the cost of repairs or replacement of such items. Those costs will be deducted from said deposit prior to the refund. Please email me requesting a refund and the amount you would like refunded . We encourage if you are able to do so to add any additional amount of donation to help keep this program going.

As always we are not able to book multiple units for the same dates for those few who want to stay at same time as another applicant. Unfortunately we are unable to do group bookings or parties larger than 6 individuals.

We are doing a major renovation on our building

April 5, 2018

Starting April 1, 2018 our units are going thru a renovation. Here are some of the changes coming:

  • Sleeper Sofa- Replaced with Full Size Murphy Bed ( In  each units Living room )   DONE
  • Upstairs Carpet- Replaced with new wood style flooring
  • Sofas will be replaced with non sleeper sofas soon
  • Outside of Building will be under repair also

Beside Still Waters Application: a few rules

December 6, 2017

If you are in full time ministry position and meet the requirements for our program please feel free to submit an application. I accept applications via, email attachment, Fax 941-677-6023 or your application may be mailed to me at: BSW Program, c/o Katherine Kittsmiller, 26315 82nd Ave East, Myakka City, FL 34251. When Emailing please note in subject line dates you are requesting. I work from my home so please be aware that there is no phone line for BSW. I give out my cell number to booked applicants only in their acceptance packet so until I have you booked please communicate via email. If updated available dates are not posted you can still send in an application and I can and will try to address all request as soon as possible. Please note: I work from home due to on going illness. In May 2012 I was diagnosed with Ulcertive Colitis and continue to have ongoing issues due to this that may cause delays. One day can be good and then it goes down hill.

The following changes are now in effect: Complete current version of application required for all applicants including IRS paperwork and reference.and signed agreement.

Maximum Stay starting in January 2019 will be 10 full days. So when putting in an application the day you arrive and the day you depart will no longer count towards your days.

  • Please Note: I will email you if I am able to book your request, due to my ongoing illness as I am able to look thru applications, I will book the ones that I can. I have unfortunately not been able to keep up with all the requests. So unfortunately I can not always update you on the status of your application.
  • Please note : Repeat applicant my apply once every 24 months only . Please note we reserve the right to limit number of repeat bookings we will accept.
  • I will book applications that are complete ( Application Pages 3-7 Completely filled out , Reference letter on Church or Organization letterhead, IRS 501(c)3 Paperwork or Canadian equivalent. or Canadian Registry Number) Must be included with all applications.
  • Please mark each page with last name , first Initial please if your name is not already on it. Including your IRS 501(c) 3 determination letters
  • Please note I am working from home from now on, please email your scanned application , fax it to 941-677-6023 please no pictures of applications

Please note our office is closed on Friday- Sunday and on holidays. You can always send in complete applications for the months I am not booking and I will book requests as soon as I can.

  • Effective Immediately we can no longer book more than on unit per application and maximum number of people in unit per application remains 6 ( including all children)
  • Booking are processed only once a completed approved application and all require paperwork is received .Please Note: I will randomly select applications to approve. Do not ask us to hold dates.
  • It is up to the applicant to make sure all required paperwork is received. It is best to send all paperwork at one time, Also please do not send paperwork multiple times and one method only (Fax, Snail Mail or Attachment) please. As I have had multiple applications I have worked on only to notice I already was working on it via another copy of application.

Do not call my home phone number

August 3, 2016

Please do not call my home phone number. We are strictly communicating via email . Once you are booked I will give you my cell number.  If you call my home phone number your application  will be denied.thank you for your understanding of  this. I try my best to get back to everyone but due to my illness I have not been as successful as I would like.

2016 repeat applicants

May 14, 2016

This year we have had an increase in the amount of new first time applicants. Because of this I have been unable to book many returning / repeat applicants. It is our priority to book the first time applicants before we can book a returning / repeat applicant’s request. I thank you in advance for your understanding of our priority. To clarify: if you have stayed at beside still waters in the past you are a returning /repeat applicant. Thank you, Kathie

New fax number

December 26, 2015

Here is the new fax number for bsw

941 677 6023

We no longer have an office number should you wish to contact me please email me at tffkathie@outlook.com

Please note : I only give out my cell number to those who are already booked.

September 17, 2015: New Email Address Starting Immediately

September 18, 2015

New Email Address for the Beside Still Waters Program is now  tffkathie@outlook.com

September 17, 2015: Changes coming October 1, 2015 ( Update ) Email changed

August 28, 2015

Hi Everyone,

As you know I have been battling illness for quite a while now. Due to this and changes we are implementing I want to give you a heads up. We are closing our office at 1111 9th Ave. W. Ste E., Bradenton as of October 1st ,2015. The TFF office will now be run from our COO’s  Elaine Ackel’s home and the BSW Program will be run from my home.  Due to my Common Variable Immune Deficiency I am having to limit my exposure to others. Unfortunately, We are going to have to switch email providers starting very soon. After I sent out this notice before we have decided to go with Outlook.com it works better with the outlook program we have been using for years, so my new email is tffkathie@outlook.com and new fax number is now up and running.  New fax number is 941-677-6023. I am in the process of making the necessary changes to the application and the website.

At this time we are almost completely moved out of the office, Mail sent to the office address will be forwarded to Elaine’s Home Address and then she will get it to me. If you need to mail anything to me for BSW here is my address:

Katherine Kittsmiller
BSW Program
26315 82nd Ave East
Myakka City, FL 34251

I will continue to update you as changes are made. I am working on a new application form that is a fillable form.

Thank you for your patience during these changes.,


FYI – My Illness Updated June 29, 2016

August 23, 2012

Since May of 2012 I have been battling severe colitis which has made it very difficult for me to get to the office and process applications. If I do not get back to you , just to let you know I am the only one in the office that handles Beside Still Waters, The phone only rings in my office. Since a flair up in Mid August  I have been back stuck at home again. Email is the best way to communicate with me at this time.  I will do my best to handle any applications received. I have been have many tests to find out why this is happening and now I am anemic and having problems with that, I am now seeing another doctor for the anemia and they have started me on IV Iron Infusions to hopeful get my Iron levels up to a normal range.

As of February 2013 , I am still having to work from home due to this illness. I will do my best to schedule requests as they come in. Please note that if application is faxed to the office there will be a delay since I can not get up there and have to wait till my husband can go for me a pick up any paperwork that comes in. So as of now scanning application and attaching to email is the best method to get paperwork to me quickest.

As of March 14, 2013, I am still very ill. At this time I may not be able to respond to all requests. My GI doctor at this point has not been able to get control of my colitis. I have consulted another physician who is trying to get me admitted to a teaching hospital such a Mayo or the Cleveland Clinic as soon as possible. Medications have not been working and I can not leave the house at this point. I am on large doses of Prednisone and have very little energy since I am not sleeping well at all.

As of April 12. I am headed to Westin , Florida on Sunday to go to the Cleveland Clinic there, I do not know when I will be back home.  I may take some work with me but if I do it will only be the applications that I have already booked that need there acceptance paperwork completed and emailed out.

As of June 4, 2013, I am doing better, I am getting IV infusions of Remicade, and slowly getting off the Prednisone , Now down to 15mg from 40mg. I am doing as much as possible to process applications, Unfortunately since being ill for so long I get worn out very quickly. I have so many applications in process I just can not resond to all the multible emails requesting updates on applications. Please do not email me over and over, if I have one email to address instead of multible from the same person it will be much easier for me. I am slowly trying to go thru all the emails , but I can not give you an update on an application that I have not been able to process yet. I will post on the blog if I schedule your request or I may email you also.

Unfortunately I’m not doing well again. My ulcertive colitis has flared up again. At this time I am unable to process any applications. If I already. have your app if i am able i will contact you.

As of August 21, I am back in the office part time. I am doing better at this time. I am at this time working on booking September and October dates and will start booking November and December dates in the next week or so.

As November 5, 2013, Today I started Physical Therapy. My energy level has been so low I can not tolerate being up and moving for very long. Just going to the grocery store wipes me out. Hoping therapy will help get me back up and mobile. I am working from home once again, so please try to email applications for quickest processing.

As of March 2014, I am still working from home. I start to feel better then I have a set back. Energy level is still very low. Right now I am working on bookings thru June 2014. April has only one opening left. I try to reply to as many emails as possible. Please note some days I may not be able to .  On top of the colitis , I get Migraine Headaches that make me stay away from computer some times. Also please note phone at BSW  office is not monitored at this time.

Update on Monday Feb 16, 2015, I had my remicade iv treatment and labs were drawn. On Feb 17, I received a call from the doctors office stating that my blood sugar was 519, normal being around 105 . I immediately called my primary doctors office and made an appointment for Friday and left message for my dr.  I checked my Blood sugar and was shocked to see 540. So at this time I am working on getting control of my Blood sugars and finding out why this is happening. I am trying my best to answer as many email as possible, I am at this time asking for no more application until May 15, 2015. I will continue to process applications I have already received as I can. All applications on the scheduled approved list will be taken care of as soon as possible.
As of March 6 , 2015 , I am asking all applicants to please give me till after May 15 to email any more requests. I am currently having vision problems due to the diabetes. My eye doctor says it will take about 4-6 weeks to normalize. I am also having a medical procedure on April 10th at Cleveland clinic at Weston, Florida

On April 10th, 2015, I had a follow up colonoscopy at Cleveland Clinic Westin Florida. about a week after I received a call from dr’s Office . I tested positive for CVID ( Common Variable Immune Defienciency) and that I need to see a Infectious Disease Dr for treatment. I am not sure what the treatments will be. I go to see the specialist on May 19, Until further notice I will book those that I can and respond as I can to emails. Please be Understanding in this difficult time.

Update from now on I will be working from home and limiting my contact with people. I am very susceptible to illnesses and infections since my new diagnosis of CVID ( Common Variable Immune Defieinciency) My t-cells and my B-cells are abnormally low.

Quick update, had my fourth colonoscopy on June 15, unfortunately it was not good new. I have a lot of active inflammation in my colon and he also saw some in small intestines. So having more testing done to double check on whether I have crohn’s or ulcerative colitis.  If ulcerative colitis  he said I may need to have a colectomy done to remove my colon. Awaiting test results now.

Thank You


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