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UPDATED: Thu., May 18, 2017, 7:20 a.m.

Blessings Under the Bridge eviction notice puts spotlight on homelessness

When Lewis and Clark High School Principal Marybeth Smith drove down the alleys under Interstate 90 last week, she was surprised to find close to 50 homeless camps on or …


Rob McCann’s ambitious pledge to end homelessness is ringing true

Every time a bell rings – at least in the hallways at Catholic Charities – a homeless person gets a place to live. This year, that’s been 73 vigorous peals. …


From pucks to pigskin: Teacher turns Broncos hate into Super Bowl love

Rachael McCann grew up in a household of 10, and in defiance of three older brothers, rooted for the Denver Broncos. On Sunday she will be at the Super Bowl. …


Housing First approach puts stable shelter at top of the list

Douglas Glen first snorted meth as an ironworker in Las Vegas, trying to keep up with an all-day everyday schedule. He knew a guy named Speed, and Speed had a …


Bureau organizers foresee success as charity lines diminish with decline in poverty

There are only 12 days until Christmas. While an old English Christmas carol lyrically describes fantastical gift giving over 12 days, in Spokane, holiday magic happens in 10 at the …


Christmas Bureau offers tours to potential donors

After growing up in Spokane and reading about the Christmas Bureau for years, I thought I understood the essence of the charity. I was wrong. It’s one of those things …


Shelter leaders question tent city proposal

Despite a Spokane couple’s proposal to create a safe, family-friendly tent city downtown, some shelter directors doubt such an encampment is the solution for combating homelessness. Ralph “Doc” Harvey and …


Christmas Bureau patrons come from all walks

Last week, as thousands of people worked their way through the lines at the Christmas Bureau, they represented a variety of ages, ethnicities and backgrounds. They had one thing in …


Catholic schools battle economy with new fundraising

Jose Arias believes strongly in a Catholic education for his two sons, 9-year-old Julian and 4-year-old Jared. He likes the quality of the academics as well as the Christian values …


Thieves leave care bus damaged

A bus used by Catholic Charities for emergencies and community services was broken into and vandalized Monday night. “It’s disappointing,” Executive Director Rob McCann said in an email Tuesday. “Just …


Santa delivers, gets lump of coal in return

It was the afternoon of Christmas Eve. Mike “Finn” Finocchiaro was dressed as Santa. His two daughters – ages 2 and 6 – were done up as elves, as were …


Hockey meets homeless at local charity

When the Spokane Chiefs hockey team hits the ice in full gear and the crowd roars “Go Chiefs, Go!” it’s easy to forget that many of the players are high …


Catholic Charities Spokane ‘patient,’ believes it can do project well

After getting a proposed low-income senior housing project shot down by the Spokane Valley City Council, Catholic Charities is considering what to do next. The nonprofit organization’s board is still …


For poor, Christmas Bureau aid makes big difference

Once she’s done with radiation and chemotherapy, Tricia Stannard hopes to study business. That way she can team up with her husband, who takes auto mechanics classes, to form a …


Low overhead keeps donations headed toward those in need

People served at the Christmas Bureau operate on tight budgets. So does the Christmas Bureau. The bureau’s business expenses total 4.3 percent or less of its budget – meaning donated …


Volunteers, mostly retirees, relish returning to Christmas Bureau

They give, and they get. Most of them retirees, the hundreds of volunteers at the Christmas Bureau give their time, and they give the benefit of their experience. They are …


Just once has weather closed Christmas Bureau

When it comes to the weather, all Christmas Bureau coordinators can do is pray – and, failing that, plan for all conditions. “We call in all our favors with God …


Early gifts launch Christmas Fund

For some generous souls, holiday giving knows no season. Alternatively, they were running a little behind and their checks arrived too late to be tallied in last year’s Christmas Fund. …


Nonprofit donations difficult to predict

When it comes to asking people for money to support their social, cultural and educational missions, nonprofit organizations face mixed signals. On the one hand, a ranking of the nation’s …


Homeless man treated to game

Tom Willette, a homeless man staying at House of Charity, got a big gift for New Year’s. Willette, who is recovering from cancer at the downtown Spokane shelter, had a …


Catholic Charities’ move provides ‘one-stop shopping’

This week, Catholic Charities Spokane will move into a renovated building at the corner of Fifth Avenue and Division Street near downtown Spokane. Recently, executive director Rob McCann, 39, explained …