After spending a significant portion of the year closed, the FāVS Center will be open for faith and religion based activities after the organization received a grant to purchase the technology and supplies needed to open.
Tracy Simmons, executive director of SpokaneFAVS.com, a digital religion news startup in Spokane, said the organization’s interfaith community center was open for less than a year before the pandemic.
Simmons said the organization recently did a soft reopening of the building under the governor’s religion guidelines and is allowing any organization that does ministry activities to rent the space. She said one church, Manito Presbyterian, has recently used the building to hold socially distanced services.
She said an $8,000 grant from the county’s nonprofit and small businesses CARES funds program gave them enough money to purchase what they needed to safely reopen the building, pay for cleaning supplies, PPE and pay for the growing technology needs caused by the pandemic.
“$8,000 can go a long way for a small organization like ours, so we’re trying to be really good stewards of the money we’ve been given here,” Simmons said.
Simmons said the organization relies on revenue from the building and donations from in-person events, which have all been canceled. She said she was hoping the building’s reopening under new guidelines will give the community a space to use for faith-based activities, and a chance for the organization to bring in some revenue.
Under the governor’s guidelines for religious activities, the space can host up to 30 people inside if they are 6 feet apart or more and up to 100 people outside if they socially distance. Everyone using the space is also required to wear face coverings and choirs are not allowed.
Spokane FāVS members can rent the building for $30 an hour and nonmembers can rent the space for $40. Only ministry or faith-based activities can rent the space.
“We would love for people to use that building,” Simmons said.
“We’ve worked hard to make it a safe space.”
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