What a year it’s been at Catholic Charities! Our mission to provide compassion to the most vulnerable has put us front and center in inspiring ways, but it has brought challenges too. The good news of Catholic Charities, and our Catholic faith, is that we accept challenges as opportunities for more inspired service.
After opening two new housing communities last year, in 2017 we opened three more! Guadalupe Haven in Othello, Pope Francis Haven in Spokane Valley, and most recently, Donna Hanson Haven in downtown Spokane. Not ambitious enough? Another 76 units are under construction at the Rising Strong / Holy Names site in Spokane. In two years’ time we created 370 homes for families and individuals who used to be homeless, and infused over $48 million in construction revenue into the local economy – all paid for without having to raise a single dollar from individual donors.
That’s a lot of inspiration!
Equally inspiring is the day-to-day work of our programs — some saw huge changes in 2017. The House of Charity is now open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Walla Walla has proudly opened its 24/7 teen shelter, The Hub. Rising Strong is now open to families healing from parental addictions. CAPA/PREPARES and Food for All have expanded their reach across Eastern Washington.
We are proud to house more residents and serve more clients, but yes, there are challenges. As we start to solve chronic homelessness in downtown Spokane, we recognize the stress on the neighborhood around the House of Charity. Please pray for us and for neighboring businesses as we find ways to address the impact on our block. As we welcome more residents to housing, we increase the need for furniture and household items through our Furniture Bank, food for our pantries, diapers for the young families we serve, and dedicated staff to support all this great work.
This is why our annual Collection is so important. Each Christmas, our hearts fill with gratitude because none of what we do is possible without you. Thank you for your continued support! We are inspired by your prayers, your volunteerism, and your financial gifts. Most importantly, we are inspired by Christ to meet challenges in His example of unconditional love.
Many prayers for a blessed Advent season and a Merry Christmas!
Presidenty & CEO
Catholic Charities Eastern Washington
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