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UPDATED: Thu., July 2, 2020

HUD rule change on transgender guests at homeless shelters sparks debate

Spokane homeless shelters say a proposed federal rule change limiting protections for transgender guests will not alter how they operate.


Somebody Needs You: Man with disability seeks vacuum cleaner

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 …


Somebody needs you: Woman needs single bed mattress or daybed

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


‘Last on the totem pole’: Virus takes toll on Spokane homeless, even without cases detected

Even though COVID-19 has yet to be detected among Spokane’s homeless, the virus has already taken a toll on the services they rely on.


Somebody needs you: Disabled woman seeks assistance with car oil change, tune-up

A single, disabled 51-year-old woman needs


Somebody needs you: Bed, art supplies, children’s items sought

A family of three, a family with infant, and a single mom seek donations. The goal of Somebody Needs You is to match donors with the specific requests of needy …


Christmas Bureau volunteers provide advice on books and toys to those in need

The piles of toys at the Christmas Bureau are shrinking as people in need of help line up to receive a food voucher, a toy and a book for each …


UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 2, 2019

‘We ran out of everything’: Spokane organizations seek gear for homeless

After the coldest October on record in Spokane, organizations that provide resources to the homeless are struggling to provide basic protection like hats and gloves. “We ran out of everything, …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 22, 2019

Nearly $1M grant will help Volunteers of America battle youth homelessness

State and local officials gathered at the Philanthropy Center on Tuesday to celebrate a $940,000 grant to expand efforts to combat homelessness among students and young adults in Spokane.


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

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

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

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.