Helping the Inland Northwest's Most Vulnerable Since 1896

Reclaiming futures

Crosswalk teen shelter

Helping me find a different life took time and patience from everyone at Crosswalk. They just keep encouraging you to do good and make better choices—no matter how bad and hopeless you may appear to others or even yourself. They helped me realize that the only way to change my life into something better was to do it myself.

—Carletta (read her full story below)

Founded in 1985, Crosswalk is an emergency shelter, a school drop-out prevention program, and a group of lifesaving and life-changing programs dedicated to breaking the cycle of youth homelessness. In an average year, Crosswalk serves more than 1,000 youth. Emergency shelter is available 365 days a year and all services are free and voluntary.

Most Crosswalk kids (ages 13-17) have complicated personal histories that include:

  • family conflict
  • lack of education
  • substance abuse
  • mental health issues
  • high risk for depression and suicide(for immediate help visit Youth Suicide Prevention Program or the Trevor Project, which serves LGTBQ youth)
  • sexual abuse or rape
  • parental substance abuse

Crosswalk restores hope and encourages personal responsibility among homeless youth, including those who eventually return to their families, by providing:

  • family reconciliation services
  • clothing, showers and personal hygiene products
  • employment-readiness program and job-placement assistance
  • independent living training including life-skills and self-sufficiency classes
  • attachment and bonding classes for young parents
  • medical and mental-health care
  • school drop-out prevention program
  • substance-abuse treatment and prevention
  • tutoring and enrichment activities
  • college scholarship opportunities (donor funded)
  • transportation 
  • access to our transitional housing programs

Run by a small professional staff, Crosswalk relies heavily on the generosity of churches, service clubs, families and businesses who provide daily meals as well as community volunteers who provide tutoring and enrichment activities and donors who provide financial support, in-kind services and scholarship funds.

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What's it really like to be a homeless teen in Spokane?

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  • Carletta returns to the streets—to help other teens escape homelessness

    offers homeless youth much more than hand warmers and hygiene packets

    It was a really harsh winter. There was four feet of snow on the ground and I didn’t have bus fare. So I walked several miles in the dark to Crosswalk. When I got there I was soaked and exhausted. There were Christmas lights and stockings everywhere and people who cared. I felt right at home almost immediately...

  • Tim gets a free ride


    Cobbling together $2.50 for a daylong bus pass can be challenging for 19-year-old Tim Bordwell, who frequently doesn’t know where he’ll be sleeping at night. On Thursday, some of his transportation obstacles were alleviated when a nonprofit organization called Pedals 2 People supplied nine refurbished bicycles to clients of Crosswalk...

  • Ken educates hundreds of homeless teens at Crosswalk


    Jernberg started the school at the shelter in 1986, and he’s never left. The 62-year-old has a passion for educating the shelter’s traumatized and often homeless teens. "When you work with kids who are at risk and are challenged …I look for the good in them—because there’s good in all of them," says Ken, "and I teach to that goodness"...

  • Dr. Lisa Bliss conquers Death Valley to benefit Crosswalk


    In July 2011 Spokane doctor Lisa Bliss became the first woman to run solo, unsupported and self-contained from the lowest to the highest point in the contiguous United States, crossing 146 miles of Death Valley in 130-degree temperatures. All to raise $10,000 to help educate homeless youth at Crosswalk teen shelter...

  • Diana saves lives at Crosswalk teen shelter


    Complications from Multiple Sclerosis forced Diana to retire from her full-time job as a Nurse Practitioner. She may be retired but there’s nothing retiring about her passion for helping others. Now she’s using her head, hands and heart to save lives at Crosswalk teen shelter...

  • Bridget learns to see at Crosswalk


    Before I knew it I was alone with a couple other adults and all these kids with smelly clothes, pierced everything and whakadoodle haircuts. Some of them were very clear about not needing me or my help. I didn’t know why they pushed me away like that or why they talked or acted or looked the way they did...

Crosswalk | Address: 525 W 2nd Ave, Main Floor, Spokane, WA 99201 | Hours: 24 hours, 7 days a week
Phone: 509.838.6596
Fax: 509.624.2275