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Donations to keep homeless shelter open through summer

The House of Charity homeless shelter in Spokane will remain open through the summer after an outpouring of donations from the community.

Catholic Charities of Spokane planned to suspend overnight accommodations for 108 homeless men July into September because of a cut in public funding for the program.

Following a story in The Spokesman-Review on June 1, the social services agency received more than $53,000 from businesses and individuals, enough to keep the shelter’s sleeping program running all summer.

Donations include $20,000 from Providence Health Services Community Benefits program, $10,000 from Paul and Barbara Redmond of Spokane, and $10,000 from SAFECO, among others. Paul Remond is the former CEO of Washington Water Power, known today as Avista.

This morning, Catholic Charities was still receiving checks from private donors ranging from $50 to $1,000.

“We are incredibly grateful for this unexpected and unsolicited community support in a time of need,” said Rob McCann, executive director of Catholic Charities.