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Hope House women’s shelter plans expansion in new space downtown

Hope House can’t build its new facility fast enough. The women’s shelter – currently operating as a 44-bed shelter on West 3rd Avenue in a building so crowded, it’s a …


Somebody needs you: Refugee family seeks aid growing own food

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


‘Bursting at the seams:’ Crosswalk Teen shelter plans move to new facility, secures $1 million in first round of funding

The Crosswalk Teen Shelter – Spokane’s oldest emergency youth shelter – is “bursting at the seams.”


Somebody needs you: Twin mattresses, clothes washing and dryer machines, couch sought

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


Somebody needs you: Miniature fridge, bed requested

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


Somebody needs you: Microwave and mini fridge requested

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


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 5, 2019, 6:52 p.m.

VOA Thrift Store closes doors, thanks donors and customers

Volunteers of America Thrift Store managers Bill and Teresa Mitchell say they have closed shop after a recent increase to their monthly lease.


Somebody needs you: Family seeks beds for toddlers

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


Somebody needs you

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


Retired teachers, librarians bring experience to Christmas Bureau children’s book selection

There’s an art to buying and selecting books for children, and it’s one that has been mastered by the teachers and librarians that help the Volunteers of America provide a …


Volunteers of America need a new sponsor to help fund Christmas Bureau books

A $25,000 sponsorship that funds a portion of the books given away to children during the Christmas Bureau has ended and organizers are looking for a local company to step …


The Spokesman-Review’s Christmas Fund, which has raised over $16 million, begins its annual effort to raise money for toys and books for children

Holiday traditions are an important part of the season and The Spokesman-Review, Catholic Charities and the Volunteers of America are once again teaming up for their holiday tradition, offering food …


Goodbye Linnie’s Thai: Storied corner to be site of new women’s shelter

As West Coast cities grapple with rising homelessness, the storied southwest corner of Third Avenue and Adams Street is about to change once again, this time into a four-story building …


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.


UPDATED: Mon., March 12, 2018, 10:53 a.m.

With $1 million Premera grant, Hope House plans new women’s shelter

Thanks to a $1 million grant from Washington-based health insurer Premera, Volunteers of America will build a new Hope House women’s shelter with 120 beds, tripling its capacity.


With homelessness on the rise, Spokane organizations welcome federal dollars, fear state funds may be in peril

Nearly $4 million in federal funding was awarded to Spokane-area organizations Thursday, dollars aimed at ending homelessness at a time when the number of homeless people is on the rise …


The Christmas Bureau started with generosity toward GI wounded in World War II

The newspaper clippings are faded and yellow, but their message is familiar. Christmas is coming and donations are needed to help some of our neighbors have a good holiday.


Former Volunteers of America director can’t stay away from the Christmas Bureau

Longtime Volunteers of America Director Marilee Roloff retired in June 2016, but no one can keep her away from volunteering at the annual Christmas Bureau.


Community asked to help fund Christmas Bureau to provide toys, books for children

Every holiday season is full of traditions, whether it is family meals, ski trips or making snowmen in the front yard. At The Spokesman-Review, Catholic Charities and the Volunteers of …


Somebody Needs You

The goal of Somebody Needs You is to match donors with the specific requests of needy Spokane residents. The list of requests is coordinated by the Volunteers of America in …


UPDATED: Thu., May 18, 2017, 10:36 p.m.

Shawn Vestal: Homelessness is up, according to report, but that may not be a bad thing

Officially, Spokane’s homeless numbers went up significantly this year. Rob McCann thinks that’s great news.


Catholic Charities, Volunteers of America open two new high-rises for the homeless

One hundred chronically homeless people in Spokane will soon have an apartment to call their own. On Thursday, Catholic Charities of Spokane and Volunteers of America celebrated the opening of …


‘I remember Mama’

Mother’s Day is no Hallmark card for Debra Henderson, who has endured a lifetime of dysfunction and disappointment. The Spokane mother hasn’t seen or heard from her daughter in 23 …


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 …


Christmas Bureau recipients get health care help from volunteers

Mary Englehart lost her health insurance in 2009, shortly after getting an MRI to monitor a cyst on her brain. ”I had bad headaches and I had a seizure,” she …


Bureau helps promote reading

Books have the power to entertain, educate and enrich lives. Like a vehicle, they transport the reader to another place or time, making current cares fade to the background. They’re …


Teen shelter seeks help after federal grants cut

A local emergency teen shelter is struggling to keep its doors open on weekends after two federal grants were not renewed. Spokane’s Crosswalk Teen Shelter was going to close on …


Celebrity fashion show will benefit Hope House

Tickets are on sale for Volunteers of America’s 14th annual Hope House Celebrity Fashion Show on Oct. 26 at the Doubletree Hotel, 322 N. Spokane Falls Court. The event begins …


Celebrity fashion show to benefit Hope House

Tickets are on sale for Volunteers of America’s 14th annual Hope House Celebrity Fashion Show on Oct. 26 at the Doubletree Hotel, 322 N. Spokane Falls Court. The event begins …


Teacher at Crosswalk Teen Shelter helps struggling students

Teacher Ken Jernberg is unflappable among the chaos at Crosswalk, a Spokane teen homeless shelter. One day last week, a few unfocused teens flitted around the