The Downtown Spokane Partnership (DSP)/Business Improvement District has long been a partner in the mission of Catholic Charities Spokane to support the vulnerable population of people experiencing homelessness in Spokane. DSP and its leadership recognize that it makes us a better, stronger community when we provide shelters and resources, dignity and compassion, to those in need.
In the summer of 2016, the Downtown Spokane Partnership (DSP) committed $25,000 to the House of Charity (HOC) and offered another $25,000 in matching dollars if other businesses and individuals stepped in with donations. As of April 2017, the match challenge was met! This was in due in large part to a gift of $10,000 from Vickerman & Driscoll Financial Advisors. Many other businesses and individuals gave to this important cause as well. Because of the efforts of the DSP, a total of $75,000 was raised in support of the House of Charity.
These funds will provide ongoing essential services such as daily meals, mail delivery, and the sleeping program for 109 men each night. And, very soon, newly remodeled bathrooms will be available for warm showers.
Catholic Charities’ goal to shelter and house every single chronically homeless man and woman in Spokane cannot be realized without the HOC and its life-changing work. When individuals come to the shelter and find they are treated with respect and kindness, trust builds, and this allows connections to counseling, treatment, permanent supportive housing, and other services bridge to long-term solutions.
We are most grateful for the ongoing relationship with the Downtown Spokane Partnership. Thank you for your leadership in this tremendous effort to support the House of Charity!
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