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Nadine Woodward details homeless services, shelter vision

The outline presented by Woodward to the Spokane City Council includes plans for regional collaboration with Spokane County and Spokane Valley. In addition to an emergency shelter, the city is looking to establish a "bridge shelter" that would require a referral and work to get people in their own housing. 

Don’t give up on East Sprague homeless shelter

Spokane City Council members shouldn’t give up on a potential homeless shelter in East Central, especially without a solid alternative that can be quickly implemented. Another winter without more public shelter space should not be an option. Not so long ago, it seemed like the proposed shelter in a former Grocery Outlet store on East Sprague Avenue was heading toward reality. There were some kinks to work out and planning to do, but the end was in sight.

Then and Now: Volunteers of America

Around 1899, a VOA chapter started in Spokane, organizing their charitable activities where they could find space. The group offered religious services along with food and shelter.

100 years ago in Spokane: ‘Pole Road Joe’ opens mission for lumberjacks

“Pole Road Joe” Cullen, a logger for 45 years, planned to open a downtown mission for lumberjacks called the Gospel of Grace Mission. “The men who follow the woods will not listen to a sissy boy, nor do they want a nurse, nor are they looking for charity,” said Cullen. “They will listen to one of their own who can meet them on common ground. Men from the lumbering and mining camps come to Spokane in considerable numbers to spend their spare time, but there is no place where they feel much at home. It is for such men that we are opening the mission.”

Construction students to compete in statewide event

A small group of Aberdeen High School students studying advanced construction are busy building their entry for a statewide competition later this month in Olympia: A tiny homeless shelter. The event is the state’s first Career and Technical Education Showcase of Skills Homeless Shelter Project. The competition on March 27 will occur within walking distance of the State Legislature. It’s purpose is to serve as a demonstration that allows state lawmakers and the media an opportunity to learn about the importance of CTE programs.