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Rob Curley: Kindred spirits of community kindness and a transformational kitchen

Christ Kitchen teaches practical job skills to women in poverty. One of the job programs it’s been working for a couple of years to fund aims to teach these women how to become baristas. A special moment, aided by a big grant from Bank of America, allowed that very thing to happen. Spokesman-Review editor Rob Curley explains how it all happened...

Samaritan’s jou rney

The Samaritan woman in the New Testament story was tough. Married five times, living with a man who wasn’t her husband, she wasn’t afraid of Jesus, the man who spoke with her at the well in a kind but honest manner. Jan Martinez – founder of Christ Kitchen in Spokane, a place where women in poverty earn money, dignity and respect – loves the Samaritan woman.

Agora award winners named

Seven Spokane area businesses or nonprofits won Agora awards, an annual excellence in business honor presented by Greater Spokane Incorporated. The winners announced Wednesday were: Two Wheel Transit (small business); Arbor Crest Wine Cellars (medium business); STCU (large business); Spokane H.O.P.E. School (small nonprofit); Christ Clinic/Christ Kitchen (large nonprofit); Rosauers (community service award); VEBA Service Group LLC (entrepreneurial spirit award).

Gingerbread Build-off Sunday

The annual Christ Kitchen Gingerbread Build-off is Sunday at the Davenport Hotel. Watch as local chefs and architects team up to decorate gigantic gingerbread structures from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Hall of Doges. This year’s theme is “A Super Hero Holiday.” The competition is free to view and guests can buy ballots to cast votes for their favorites. Kids can get into the action and decorate their own mini-houses for $7, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Grand Pennington Ballroom.

Selling a change

When Jan Martinez founded the Spokane nonprofit Christ Kitchen 15 years ago, she relied on individual or company donations to keep the operation going. Its original goal was to serve as a social and spiritual hub for women in poverty. Before long, however, Martinez, the 57-year-old executive director of Christ Kitchen, realized that helping women find jobs needed to be the organization’s first goal.

Gingerbread teams square off today for charity

Kathy Skomer carefully eyed the massive gingerbread structure, looking for flaws that would escape the detection of most. “Oh, I got a spot in front,” Skomer said, working out of a Yoke’s Fresh Market bakery. “Sorry, I just gotta fix that.”

Chefs, architects team up for gingerbread build-off

Gingerbread houses look simple enough, but making one yourself can be an exercise in patience. However, the professional chefs and architects who build the candy-and-icing-coated cookie mansions at the annual Christ Kitchen Gingerbread Build-off make them come together in a snap.

Christ Kitchen serves hope

Twelve years ago, Kari Kelli lay curled up on the floor of a room at Anna Ogden Hall. She hadn’t eaten solid food in months and weighed 100 pounds. She’d lost her children, her car and her job. She’d walked away from it all for what she called the love of her life – methamphetamine. “I gave up everything for that drug,” Kelli said. “It chewed me up, spit me out and left me for dead.” As she lay on the floor, sick and broken, “I remember daring God to do something with my life,” she said.