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Rob’s Blog ~ We Are Switzerland

I am not sure I can remember a moment in my lifetime when there has been so much political polarization about who we are and where we are going as a country.  Despite our mantra at Catholic Charities, “We are Switzerland,” it is hard to stay out of it all completely, as parts of the current debate on things such as immigration, health care and governmental budget priorities touch every single one of us in some way or another.

Even at Catholic Charities, we have to accept that what is happening or what might happen in the world of politics affects the decisions we need to make about how to run an organization that interacts with everyone –  our clients who are the poorest of the poor, those who are more stable, and our volunteers and supporters as well.  We are constantly reminded that we need to demonstrate civility and respect to all people, from wealthy to poor, conservative to liberal, Republican to Democrat…and everything in between.  We are all God’s children with good hearts and strong souls!  No person being served lunch at the House of Charity has ever asked or cared about how a volunteer who was serving that lunch voted. We are all brothers and sisters in Christ!  Period.

With 70 million Catholics in the U.S., our American Church has over 70 million reactions to what we’ve seen and heard on the news in these past months. And, therefore, there are 70 million lessons for each of us in all of this. Taking these lessons in, one at a time, heart to heart, with prayer, united as one Catholic family, might just be the best way to find unity and a path for the road ahead.

We don’t need to agree on everything.  Heck, come to a Catholic Charities leadership team meeting sometime – you will see a room full of wonderful, intelligent, incredible people who don’t always agree on things!  That diversity of perspective, opinion, and experience is precisely what makes us strong!  But we do agree on the most important things – respect, collaboration, compassion   and justice.  With that agreement, there is nothing we cannot do!

As we head into the most important season of our faith, walking through the Passion and the Resurrection of our Lord, Jesus Christ, I am touched by the recent words of Pope Francis on all of this.  He said:

”It can be said that today we do not live in an age of change but in a change of age. Therefore the situations we are living in today pose new challenges, which for us at times are difficult to understand. Our times require that we live problems as challenges and not as obstacles: the Lord is active and at work in the world. Therefore you must go out to the streets and to the crossroads; call all those you find. (Matthew 22.9) Above all, accompany the one who remained at the side of the street. The lame, the maimed, the blind, the dumb.”

 There is nothing we cannot accomplish as Catholics in the Diocese of Spokane if we work together in heart and soul and faith.  This Easter, I am so thankful for each and every one of you who volunteer for us, pray for us, support us, advocate for us!  Together, there is nothing we cannot do. God Bless you all!

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24/7 Sheltering of Chronic Street Homeless to End in The Region on May 1, 2017 Due to Loss of Funding

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contacts: Rob McCann, CEO, Catholic Charities, (509) 744-3448 or rmccann@ccspokane.org

Spokane, WA –April 10, 2017 – The House of Charity began sheltering men and women last November and in January opened our doors to provide safe shelter for any adult experiencing homelessness in our community on a  24/7 basis.  Previously, the House of Charity had offered day and meal services to women but had never provided sleeping services to women in its nearly 60 year history. Since January, the House of Charity has also provided 24/7 sheltering services to homeless men and women with animals, couples who did not want to be split up and other sub sections of the homeless population that have been historically difficult to serve.

For the past several months, for the first time in the history of the Spokane Region, the vast majority of the homeless population was living and sleeping in shelters 24/7 thanks to the collaboration between the House of Charity, Salvation Army and Family Promise.  In essence, with 24/7 sheltering available for the first time ever in our region’s history, all homeless men, women and children on the streets in our communities have indeed had a safe place to be.  This was a blessing to these vulnerable men women and children, especially in this past winter, one of the coldest and longest in recent memory.

This collaboration was thanks to the generosity and courageous leadership of the Mayor, City Council President and City Council at the City of Spokane as well as the Downtown Spokane Partnership and many downtown Spokane businesses who donated to the 24/7 sheltering model.

Unfortunately there has not been funding identified to maintain 24/7 services beyond April 30th.  This will result in a reduction of hours of operation at the shelters.  Well over 200 homeless men and women who have been getting 24/7 sheltering will be forced to return to the streets of the City, the County and Spokane Valley.

The House of Charity will continue to sleep 109 men each evening, as it has for almost 60 years.  However the overflow sleeping of 200+ men and women on the ground floor of the HOC will end.  At this time, it is not clear what hours during the day or what daily meals the HOC will be open after May 1st as that is still being planned based on sustainable funding.

Catholic Charities continues its recent, intentional and aggressive strategic plan of building permanent supportive housing for the chronic street homeless of our region despite this troubling development with 24/7 sheltering.  Three new 50 unit supportive housing projects have been opened in recent years and two more are under construction right now with yet another 50 unit complex already awarded for 2018.  The plan to build a permanent apartment for all of our region’s homeless is still in place and the funds to build those projects, coming from IRS tax credits, is also still in place, but unfortunately, by law, those funds cannot be used or diverted to run the homeless shelters.

Without 24/7 sheltering, it is much more difficult to prepare our homeless population for the apartments we are building for them.  There is also a profound financial, quality of life; and human dignity cost to the region as we lose this resource.

There will be a press conference on THURSDAY APRIL 13th at 11:00 a.m. in the House of Charity Chapel to further discuss this situation and the profound impact this change will have on the downtown core, the County and the City of Spokane Valley as previously sheltered homeless men and women once again have no other choice than to embrace life on the streets.  Additional talking points with more detail on this issue will be given out to the media at the press conference and homeless patrons will be available to offer first-hand information to the media.     ###

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Timelapse Video Father Bach Haven III

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Catholic Charities Spokane‘s latest housing project at 2nd and Browne in downtown Spokane is scheduled to welcome residents in November 2017. Click on the photo below to view the amazing timelapse progress from groudbreaking to today! Inland Group crews have worked through some incredible weather while on this project, and the video proves it! #endhomelessness

Father Bach III

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Kitchen offers life lessons for Scouts

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The following article was written by Rick Rose, Scoutmaster for Republic Boy Scout Troup #61 and published in the Ferry County View Extra early in March 2017. In this article, the Scouts share some very special reflections and realizations from a recent visit to House of Charity.

The troop was very busy during the month of February. We had several meetings, and the Scouts finished another Eagle-required merit badge, Family Life. The Scouts traveled to Spokane for some volunteer work as well as a night out at the Spokane Chiefs-Tri Cities hockey game.

The troop got up at 5 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 11 and we traveled to Spokane to volunteer four hours to help prepare and serve food at the House of Charity.

The House of Charity is a center that helps provide service for the homeless and people needing help in Spokane. The boys learned that the charity house does not turn anybody away regardless of race, religion or sexuality. The boys also learned about how some people become homeless. Sometimes it is not by choice, drugs or getting out of jail or prison. Sometimes it is just bad luck.

The center offers two meals daily as well as the services of showers, barber, mail room, medical outreach clinic and an emergency sleeping program that is sleeping approximately 200 to 500 people nightly during the winter months. Troop #61 learned about the full operations  it takes to run a service kitchen as well as health, safety and hygiene being a top priority every minute with the ongoing outbreaks of the Norovirus.

The Scouts learned about how food is brought in to the shelter and stored, and learned where it comes from: many businesses donate food for the program. The Scouts served around 185 lunch meals and then helped in some cleanup afterward.

“We went to the homeless shelter in Spokane, Washington on Feb. 11,” said Riley Rose. “When I walked inside I noticed a lot of people lying down and waiting for lunch. We had to go around to the back and before we went inside we had to wipe our feet on a towel that was soaked in bleach to try to keep the flu out of the kitchen. When we got inside, we had to sign in as visitors. Then we got a tour of the kitchen. The chef told us that some stores had food that was going to be bad in a week so they gave it to the shelter for the homeless.

Something I learned was that we have life way better than them and we get a bed to sleep in at night and get blankets to sleep with. We are lucky we get shoes now and then but they can’t afford to have a lot of shoes or clean clothes. Going there made me realize how fortunate we really are. A guy asked me if I had gone to a ghost town in downtown Seattle, Washington and I said ‘No’ but he said he has been there nine times in his life.”

“As you walk into the front entrance, people are sitting and lying on the floor, and you can’t help but feel an instant selfworthiness,” said Mark McGaffey. “You realize how good you have it with a house, food, a family. Most of these people that are sleeping on the floor and changing in front of people haven’t had that in years. As for the staff, they are the most selfless people I’ve met in a long time. It made me know that there are still good people in this world.”

“I went to the House of Charity to prepare and serve food to the homeless,” said Kaleb Byington. “I am so grateful to have had the opportunity for this experience. It has made me appreciate my life and the people I have around me. I realize I may have a wonderful life and there are people out there that struggle to survive. While I was serving one of the homeless ladies at the shelter she quoted the Boy Scout motto and salute. I wondered how she would know that, and then I realized that at some point in her life she must have had a boy in Boy Scouts and that her life must have taken a drastic turn. I lan to return to the shelter and volunteer more of my time to make a difference in someone else’s life.”

“What I got out of the House of Charity Homeless shelter would probably be to never think you will always be ok in the world and this would not ever happen to you,” said Ryan Rose. “Some  of the people there used to have big houses and had fast cars but that could all change in a flash of your eyes. I also realized don’t be picky or not happy with what you get because any of these homeless people would love to have anything close to what I have. Something else I noticed was that you should be happy no matter what happens and that the little things aren’t actually that bad and at least not as bad as what they are going through. As one of the people came across the food line, she looked into one of my fellow Scouts’ eyes and said ‘Put a smile on your face. You never know, you could end up on this side of the line.’ That was the most realistic and meaningful thing I have ever heard. I could not look at any of the homeless people without feeling a deep sorrow of pain for them. I first thought, ‘Well, these people don’t have it that bad. They get free food and a place to stay.’ But as soon as the food line doors opened and I saw all of their faces, I realized how well I have it and that none of them wanted it. I am sure that they would love to have a car and a house with a good job. When you see what they are living like it just makes you think more about what you’re doing with your life and how well you really have it.”

As a Scoutmaster and a parent, I have a lot of respect for these young men and what they have accomplished in this latest journey in their life and as Scouts.

Next month, we will report on Republic Troop #61 volunteer work with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, helping feed the winter elk herds at two feeding stations.

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Rob’s Blog – Remember the Working Poor

At Catholic Charities we spend a great deal of time talking about the poorest of the poor.  We talk about those who are homeless, those who are alone, those who are abandoned.  We talk about those who live invisible lives and those who live on the fringes of day to day survival.  We talk about the “uns,” as I refer to them in my talks. The unseen, the unheard, the unfed, the unhoused, the unhealthy, the undocumented, and the uncared for. These are the most vulnerable, most at-risk, and most fragile among us. Certainly they are a significant focus of what we do at Catholic Charities, 365 days a year.

But we don’t seem to talk as much about the next group on the socio-economic ladder. Sometimes we call them “the working poor” or “low-income-stabilized.”  These people may once have been an “un” of some kind, but at some point, maybe with some help, maybe by the  power of their own sheer will, they pulled themselves up just a little bit…just enough.

These are the folks who fight the hard fight and are trying to do things right. They get a job; sometimes two or three jobs at once. They don’t spend money on frivolous things. They scrimp, save, and pay their rent on time, but still struggle to put healthy food on the table for their children. They find a way to get by and survive unexpected events and expenses. But they struggle. They struggle to keep the heat on and the utilities paid. They borrow toilet paper from their jobs and make regular trips to the food bank and hope their neighbors don’t notice. They struggle to buy groceries at the end of the month, and they struggle to buy their kids new clothes or school supplies. They just barely keep themselves from being one of the poorest of the poor on the streets and feel trapped in the cycle of working themselves to the bone while teetering on the edge of disaster.

These may be the people who pass our food to us from drive-thru windows. They make our coffee, do our nails, wait on our tables, or clean our offices, hotel rooms, and school bathrooms. These people are doing the things we tell our kids to do when they grow up…work hard, never give up, solve your own problems, and take care of yourself. They are doing these things, and yet they suffer. Worst of all, they live under the constant threat that if just one thing goes wrong, they could end up in crisis. That constant stress is their reward for doing the right things.

Recently, Pope Francis addressed a group of young people in Guidonia, a small village near Rome. He told them, “If I say I am Catholic and go to Mass, but then don’t speak with my parents, help my grandparents or the poor, go and see those who are sick, this does not prove my faith, there’s no point. Those who do this are nothing but Christian parrots – words, words, words.”

Let us not be parrots! Let us remember the poorest of the poor, the homeless and hungry. Let us also remember the working poor and the disappearing middle class — all of the men, women, children and seniors who struggle to get by on their own even though they are trying their best. Let us honor them. Let us be ready to serve and stand with them in their struggle.

Many prayers,

Rob McCann
President & CEO
Catholic Charities Spokane

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Catholic Charities USA Stands in Solidarity with Immigrants and their Families

Catholic Charities USA Stands in Solidarity with Immigrants and their Families

Press Release – January 25, 2017 from CCUSA

Alexandria, Va. – Sister Donna Markham OP, PhD, president and CEO of Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA) expressed profound concern about President Trump’s immigration-related executive actions and the potential impact these actions will have on those who are most vulnerable.

“Pope Francis has urged people not to close the door on migrants and refugees. In concert with the Holy Father, we believe we must move from attitudes of defensiveness and fear to acceptance, compassion and encounter. As the U.S. Catholic bishops have said, this is not an either/or situation for us.  We can protect our citizens and, at the same time, we can welcome newcomers.  Our commitment to care for those who are most vulnerable resides at the core of our faith,” said Sister Donna.

As it has done for over 100 years, Catholic Charities will continue to stand in solidarity with refugees, immigrants and their families.  We will work diligently for responsible and comprehensive immigration reform. Certainly, concerns about safety must be addressed, but not through measures that do more harm than good.

Our Catholic heritage calls us to seek justice for newcomers. Our history as a faith community in the United States has been as an immigrant Church in an immigrant nation. We are singularly focused on serving the needs of poor and vulnerable individuals and families, providing compassionate care that respects the dignity of each person, as mandated by the gospel.

  • About Catholic Charities

    Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA) is the national office for the Catholic Charities ministry nationwide. CCUSA’s members provide help and create hope to more than 8 million people a year regardless of religious, social, or economic backgrounds.

    CCUSA Contact: Patricia Cole pcole@catholiccharitiesusa.org (703) 236-6218

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Spokesman Review update on norovirus at the House of Charity

This is article was published by The Spokesman-Review. To view the original, please visit http://spokesmanreview.wa.app.newsmemory.com/publink.php?shareid=003a96731

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House of Charity says norovirus nearly gone

Cleaning crews try to disinfect building from top to bottom

By John Stucke

johnst@spokesman.com, (509) 459-5419

A norovirus outbreak that infected dozens of homeless people and staff at Spokane’s House of Charity this week has been largely contained.

As the weather chills and costs mount, House of Charity managers aimed Wednesday to finish disinfecting the homeless shelter at the corner of Pacific Avenue and State Street on the eastern edge of downtown.

Half of the shelter’s employees became ill, requiring the help of community volunteers, said Rob McCann, executive director of Catholic Charities.

The giant tents and equipment that were set up on the street outside the shelter to house uninfected homeless people have cost about $10,000 so far.They were set up with cots, food, water and toilets for clients while infected people were quarantined inside the main building.

On Wednesday, cleaning crews using a bleach solution were trying to finish disinfecting all but the top floor of the main building, where about four dozen infected clients remain.

The cleaning effort included washing floors,walls and railings, and everything from linens to salt shakers, dishes and coffee pots.

Norovirus is highly contagious and causes diarrhea and vomiting. Another outbreak made people at the Union Gospel Mission ill.

The virus is commonly spread in close quarters such as cruise ships and nursing homes.

McCann said the norovirus outbreak has cost the nonprofit about $20,000 so far, prompting a request for donations.

Bouten Construction was among the first to help with a $5,000 gift.

If the cleaning effort is successful, the shelter will be able to resume the distribution of mail. Staff hand out 54,000 pieces of mail each year to homeless people. Those letters may include checks such as veterans benefits and Social Security income.

“We serve some of the most fragile and vulnerable people in our community,” McCann said.

Assistant Spokane Fire Chief Brian Schaeffer said the five-day outbreak brought out the best in Spokane.

The outbreak came weeks after the House of Charity opened its doors as an expanded overnight shelter, offering an overflow sleeping area for men and women downstairs. About 210 people stayed at the shelter the night before the outbreak.

Volunteers assist with the decontamination of the House of Charity in downtown Spokane on Wednesday following a norovirus outbreak.

JOHNSTUCKEjohns@spokesman.com


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Press Release: Update on House of Charity Outbreak

 

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For Immediate Release

November 13, 2016

9:18 am

Contact: Rob McCann, President & CEO, Catholic Charities Spokane 509.979.4251

Ann Marie Byrd, Development Director & Media Relations, Catholic Charities Spokane 509.251.4572

Update on House of Charity Outbreak

This morning the House of Charity, located at 32 W. Pacific Ave in downtown Spokane reports the following data:

Sleeping Accommodations:

140 patrons slept outside in tents provided by the City of Spokane– upon arrival these particular patrons showed no symptoms

60 patrons showing symptoms were assessed by medical personnel from Spokane Regional Health District and the Spokane Fire Department- patrons determined to be ill were admitted to the HOC shelter building for overnight accommodation and shelter care.

Meals:

Currently, patrons inside HOC, who fell ill, are being fed and hydrated according to Spokane Regional Health District directives with the assistance of the Red Cross. Patrons showing no symptoms – to include fever, diarrhea, or vomitin –  are being fed and hydrated outside.

Security Measures:

Security and community health measures are on-going with support from Spokane Fire Department, Spokane Police Department, Providence Health Services, American Red Cross, Spokane Regional Health District, and the City of Spokane.

Other:

Separate sanitation facilities have been made available to all patrons with assistance from American On-Site and the City of Spokane. Providence Health Services has continued to launder and deliver sanitized linens, towels and cloth. Personal protective measures are in use per Spokane Regional Health District guidelines.

Thank you to our community partners who have assisted in our efforts to provide the best possible care to our homeless community. As a reminder, we ask the community at large to keep their distance from the House of Charity in order to assist in our efforts to keep exposure to a minimum.

If you would like to support us in our efforts, please consider donating online at: https://www.catholiccharitiesspokane.org/donate-now

A listing of ongoing HOC needs can be found at: https://www.catholiccharitiesspokane.org/in-kind-gifts

For more information: 509.979.4251 or follow our Twitter and/or Facebook feeds for latest updates.

Catholic Charities affirms the dignity of every person, partnering with parishes and the greater community to serve and advocate for those who are vulnerable, bringing stability and hope to people throughout Eastern Washington.

509.358.4250/P.O. Box 2253, Spokane, WA, 99210-2253/CatholicCharitiesSpokane.org

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Bishop Skylstad accepts Volunteer of the Year award from CCUSA

bishop-skylstad-collageOn October 12, 2016, Bishop William Skylstad officially accepted the honor of Volunteer of the Year at the Catholic Charities USA Annual Gathering. We are so blessed that this talented, compassionate, and humble man who is a genuine servant of the Lord shares his gifts with Catholic Charities Spokane on such a regular basis! To witness his work with those who are vulnerable and in need is an honor and something we all can learn from. Thank you Bishop and congratulations on this well-deserved recognition!

Learn more about the wonderful volunteer work of Bishop Skylstad in this video that was submitted to nominate him for the award.

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Sisters of the Holy Names Announce Sale of Convent and Portion of 65 Acre Property to Catholic Charities Spokane

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Sister Kathleen Hilton, SNJM
Sisters of the Holy Names
Phone: 910-734-3761
Email: khilton@snjmuson.org

Contact: Rob McCann Executive Director
Catholic Charities Spokane
Phone: 509-744-3448
Email: rmccann@ccspokane.org

Sisters of the Holy Names Announce Sale of Convent and Portion of 65 Acre Property to Catholic Charities Spokane

Catholic Charities purchases Convent and 34 acres of property for its new “Rising Strong” Program and affordable senior and family housing

Sisters propose to permanently preserve 31 acres of land including entire Spokane River frontage in collaboration with Spokane County Conservation Futures Program and other public agencies.

Spokane, WA (September 27, 2016) – The Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary, U.S.- Ontario Province announced today that Catholic Charities purchased the Convent buildings and a portion of its 65 acre Spokane Campus on Fort George Wright Drive in Spokane, Washington. Catholic Charities plans to adaptively re-use the main Convent building for a new innovative social services program called “Rising Strong” in a unique collaboration with Empire Health Foundation. Empire Health Foundation provided $1.6 million to Catholic Charities to go toward the purchase as a program related investment in this exciting project that will aim to reduce the number of children being removed from their homes by Child Protective Services.

In addition, Catholic Charities, in partnership Spokane-based Inland Group, will use a portion of the property to develop affordable housing for both seniors and families, with great care taken to preserve the spiritual and ecological characteristics of the property. Catholic Charities also plans to retain the Chapel for prayer and occasional Mass and other Convent facilities, in support of Catholic Charities and the Diocese of Spokane’s mission to reveal God’s love to the poor and vulnerable. The Sisters selected Catholic Charities in early 2016 after a two year property evaluation and a selection process that concluded at the end of 2015. The art studio and some of the Sisters’ Administrative Offices, including the Development Office, which focuses on fundraising and donor relations, will remain at the property under a rent-free lease with Catholic Charities.

The Sisters also propose to permanently protect and conserve nearly fifty percent of the property, including the entire Spokane River frontage and remaining 31 acres of land surrounded by the River, in collaboration with The Spokane County Conservation Futures Program and other public agencies. The Sisters’ property has been selected by The Conservation Futures Program as the highest priority property for purchase by the program and currently is being evaluated for acquisition by the agency.

“We selected Catholic Charities because their service to Spokane residents and their commitment to stewardship of the property are consistent with our history and mission in this community and our values and goals for the future of the property,” said Sister Kathleen Hilton, who is leading the property transition. “We have served Spokane for more than a century and we appreciate the community’s support of our efforts as we transition the property. Proceeds from the sale will help fund long term housing and care for our aging sisters and also enable us to continue our ministry of education, and providing social services, and financial assistance to organizations who serve the poor, especially marginalized women and children.”

“We’re very thankful to Empire Health Foundation for enabling us to purchase the Sisters’ property.” said Rob McCann, Executive Director of Catholic Charities Spokane. “In our opinion, this property is indeed a sacred space and we take very seriously our obligation to care for it and use it in a way that continues the incredible history of the Sisters reaching out to those in need. We look forward to our continued partnership and service to the fragile and the poor in Spokane as we move forward with our plans for social services and senior and family housing on this great site.”

The Sisters’ Spokane Campus, located at 2911 W Fort George Wright Dr., includes approximately 65 acres, two buildings totaling 77,000 square feet of space with residential living units, administrative offices, a chapel, common dining and recreation areas, an art studio, gathering spaces and retreat facilities. Although the Sisters have used the property for housing and care of Sisters since 1967, the entire property has long been zoned and planned for high density housing by the City of Spokane. Preliminary approvals for development of the property were recently granted by the City of Spokane.

The sale price and terms were not disclosed. Craig Soehren and Mike Livingston, Kiemle & Hagood Company, are serving as the exclusive listing broker for the Sisters of the Holy Names for the property sale.

About the Sisters of the Holy Names Spokane Campus Long Range Planning Process: Given the age and configuration of the buildings, the demographic profile of the Sisters, and the many changes and advancements in health and eldercare delivery in society, the Sisters initiated a long range planning process for the property more than two years ago. Because the Sisters’ expertise and experience has been focused on their mission of education, the Sisters have looked to others with the needed professional expertise to manage the increasing long term housing and healthcare needs of its members. The Province transitioned sisters from the Convent to Brookdale at South Regal (formerly Harbor Crest) and nearby apartments during 2013-14 for housing and a residence to meet the care needs of individual sisters.

About The Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus & Mary: The Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary is an international congregation of Catholic women religious and associates dedicated to education and the full development of the human person. The religious community was founded in Quebec, Canada by Blessed Marie-Rose Durocher in 1843. Today, more than 800 Sisters world-wide focus on their mission and ministry through various educational opportunities, especially for the underserved, including primary, secondary, and higher education, arts, and music. The Sisters arrived in Spokane in 1888 prior to Washington statehood. In Spokane, the Sisters built Holy Names Academy at 1216 N. Superior and Holy Names College at 1116 N. Superior, later moved to Fort Wright College along the Spokane River, serving thousands of students over many decades. They continue to be actively engaged in several Spokane ministries of education, pastoral services, and social service outreach, including Holy Names Music Center and Transitions of which they are formal sponsors and cosponsors respectively. Since 1967, housing, administration, and care have been provided on the 65 acre Spokane campus.

About Catholic Charities Spokane: Since 1912, Catholic Charities has provided social services to people of all denominations in the 13 counties of Eastern Washington on behalf of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Spokane. In 2014, more than 70,000 different homeless, low income and working poor individuals were assisted by Catholic Charities’ 300+ staff members. More than 6,000 volunteers give their hearts and hands through Catholic Charities programs each year. Programs of Catholic Charities include homeless shelters, mental health counseling services, maternity and pregnancy support initiatives, senior services, furniture bank, childcare, emergency assistance, rapid re-housing for the homeless and food security projects Additionally, Catholic Charities owns and self-manages close to 1000 units of affordable housing for families, individuals, seniors, the disabled, farmworkers and the chronically homeless. Every service offered by Catholic Charities is available to people of all faiths and backgrounds. Every dollar donated to Catholic Charities is for service in Eastern Washington programs and services.

About Inland Group: Operating for more than 30 years, Spokane- based Inland Group specializes in high density residential development and construction, with a focus on affordable housing. Inland Group develops and builds high density residential and commercial projects. From affordable family housing developments to luxury resort communities, independent living retirement communities to college residence halls, Inland Group has the knowledge and expertise to tackle unique construction and development challenges. The company is actively developing and constructing projects throughout the western United States. Inland Group includes a seasoned team of professionals in all aspects of construction and development.

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