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Faith and Values: Religion is supposed to bind us together; don’t use it to cast others out

Last Monday, I received an advocacy alert from a faith-based group. It was deeply concerned that the Trump administration is again willing to use “religious liberty” as a code term …

Housing, hygiene and job services available at Homeless Connect in Spokane Valley

Spokane Valley residents will have a chance to get clean clothes, a shower, medical care, food and career help at the city’s second annual Homeless Connect event Friday.

UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 16, 2019

Spokane officials pick operator for new homeless shelter, but location, funding questions remain

The city announced a service provider for its proposed homeless shelter on East Sprague.

Disabled clients left in lurch after Washington state ends contract with job rehab program

A company called Compass Career Solutions had its contract with the state to provide job training and coaching for clients with disabilities terminated in August, after state officials said workers …

UPDATED: Thu., May 31, 2018

Spokane city leaders urge residents to continue donating to homelessness funding drive

The “Give Real Change” program launched last year has raised more than $15,000 to assist organizations providing assistance to the homeless. Residents can continue to give this summer at orange …

With new tech in place, city hopes to improve homeless count

Spokane’s annual homeless count got underway Thursday with a higher-tech upgrade the city hopes will yield better data.

Jonathan Mallahan, longtime social services director, plans departure from Spokane City Hall

Mallahan, who started with the city as an intern in the Office of Neighborhood Services in 2006, will leave City Hall at the beginning of next year for a position …

UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 16, 2017

City Council gives East Central Community Center contract to MLK Center over concerns about bias

A majority of the Spokane City Council voted to award a new contract to the Martin Luther King Jr. Family Outreach Center on Monday night to take over operations of …

Montana official: 8 Family Services’ children died this year

A Montana official says the deaths of eight children who were involved with Child and Family Services have been reported to the state this year.

UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 11, 2017

Blessings Under the Bridge says its staying put, despite city order to move

Blessings Under the Bridge will continue to serve homeless under Interstate 90 in downtown Spokane

UPDATED: Mon., July 31, 2017

Spokane, local nonprofits reach goal to house more than 100 homeless teens, young adults

City officials and social workers said Monday that efforts in the housing campaign would inform future work to serve Spokane’s young homeless population.

UPDATED: Mon., May 15, 2017

City of Spokane serves up eviction notice to Blessings Under the Bridge homeless feeding program

Blessings Under the Bridge – the nonprofit organization that provides free meals under the Interstate 90 bridge every Wednesday evening – has been told by the city of Spokane to …

After spate of high-profile Spokane child abuse cases, officials say help for stressed parents is available

Lately, 5-month-old Emma Ohnesorg has been exploring her full vocal range. One day, she’ll practice her pitch alternating between high and low screams and sounds. The next, it’s all about …

City Hall accepting applications to run East Central Community Center

City leaders are accepting applications to run the East Central Community Center, beginning in 2018, through Monday. The existing operating nonprofit received a one-year contract extension from the City Council …

UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 27, 2017

East Central Community Center in limbo after City Council rejects contract

A six-month contract with the East Central Community Organization to run the neighborhood’s community center was rejected this week because of concerns about the effect on services and grant opportunities. …

Spokane to collect $3.8 million in homelessness grants

Spokane will receive nearly $3.8 million in federal funding to address homelessness, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced Tuesday. The annual grants, which fund projects including transitional …

Republican looks to overhaul Social Security

A senior Republican lawmaker wants to overhaul Social Security, the decades-old program that provides benefits to some 60 million retirees and disabled, with a plan to gradually increase the retirement …

Mom loses benefits after status of 4 kids changed to dead

A Rhode Island mother says she lost her child care voucher when the state’s new benefits computer system mistakenly changed the status of her four children from living to dead.

Spokane-area housing for domestic violence victims to be reduced

Two transitional living centers for domestic violence victims in Spokane will close the majority of their units due to a loss of federal funding.

City of Spokane to help fund House of Charity for round-the-clock homeless services

City officials Thursday announced a commitment to fund the House of Charity as a round-the-clock emergency shelter for homeless people in Spokane starting in 2017.

Veterans assistance in Spokane County adopts new eligibilty requirements in June

Under the new rules, a veteran must have served 180 days and received an honorable discharge, with some exceptions for injuries and disabilities sustained as a result of service, in …

Somebody Needs You: Matching donors with needy Spokane residents

The goal of Somebody Needs You is to match donors with the specific requests of needy Spokane residents.

House of Charity shortfall could close drop-in center during the daytime hours

Spokane’s largest drop-in center and shelter for homeless people may all but close its doors during the day without a significant infusion of cash from local government and private donors.

Chud Wendle named executive director of the Hutton Settlement children’s home

Chud Wendle will be the next executive director of the Hutton Settlement children’s home, the private nonprofit organization announced Tuesday.

Firefighter pays struggling family’s $1K electric bill

A suburban Detroit firefighter has paid off a struggling family’s electricity bill of more than $1,000 after responding to a call at their home.

Pope on sex abuse by clerics: ‘It’s a monstrosity’

Pope Francis says any bishop who moves a suspected pedophile priest from parish to parish should resign.

Gov. Inslee wants new agency for vulnerable children, families

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee wants to create a new state agency to deliver services to vulnerable children and families.

Robert Faltermeyer, head of Excelsior, retiring

Robert Faltermeyer, who guided care at Excelsior Youth Center for 34 years, is retiring at the end of February.

Welfare applicants, recipients drug tested in North Carolina

Drug testing of North Carolina welfare recipients and applicants is now happening at social service offices in the state.

Microsoft workers gave away $125 million to nonprofits in 2015

Microsoft’s annual employee giving campaign contributed $125?million to nonprofits in 2015.