It has been a hard winter in Spokane this year, which means it has been even harder on the homeless and marginalized.
A very good article from the Spokesman-Review newspaper on the work of Catholic Charities to eliminate homelessness in Spokane through a “Housing First” model. Will it work? Only time will tell, but the effort is noteworthy and we applaud it! Along a similar line, the City of Spokane will soon be receiving a $3.8 million grant from HUD to combat homelessness in the Spokane area.
The lack of adequate shelter beds in Spokane for women in crisis has been an on-going embarrassment for some time. Great article in The Spokesman-Review about the new women’s shelter opening up. Kudos to Union Gospel Mission for stepping up and making a significant investment toward resolving this problem. Unfortunately, as Phil Altmeyer (Executive Director at UGM) recently told me, even this won’t be enough. Read about it here.
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It’s a distasteful topic that most of us would probably prefer to avoid. But it’s our silence on the subject that gives this problem it’s power. The theme of today’s program is Human Trafficking, and here to help us explore this uncomfortable topic are three people who are having an impact on this issue in our community. The first is Mabel Elsom, Anti-Human Trafficking Coordinator with Lutheran Community Services in Spokane, Mark Kadel, Director of World Relief Spokane, and Rich Schaus, Director of the Union Gospel Mission Women’s Crisis Shelter.
The Long Night – a feature film by Tim Matsui and MediaStorm, gives voice and meaning to the crisis of minors who are forced and coerced into the American sex trade. The film weaves together the stories of seven people whose lives have been forever changed by this issue.