Keep Crosswalk Open (updated!)

We asked for your help and the Spokane community responded!

We would like to thank the following businesses for rallying to help Crosswalk along with many additional individuals, churches and civic groups: 
  • Sterling Financial Corporation
  • American West Bank
  • Emmanuel Presbyterian Church Benevolence Fund
  • Inland Northwest Community Foundation
  • Kiemle & Hagood
  • Providence Health Care
  • Rotary 21 Community Services
  • Sadir Khan Grotto
  • Washington Trust Bank
Many additional individuals, churches and civic groups also lent their financial support. And while this crisis is averted, Crosswalk always needs your support. Click here to learn more about how you can help today.

Thank you!  

 October 10, 2012 

Dear Friends,

We urgently need your help.Last week, we received devastating news for our Crosswalk teen shelter. Two crucial grants—totaling more than $100,000—were NOT renewed.

This means deep, deep cuts. But, we have quickly come up with a plan to proceed through the year with the least damage to the vulnerable kids who rely on the shelter and its services.

The staff has been incredible—I’m so impressed with their generosity—offering to shift to weekends, cut hours and salaries. Unfortunately we have had to eliminate three positions. We also drastically reduced budgets for food, recreation, client ID’s, birth certificates, prescriptions, food handlers’ licenses, bus passes and other secondary supports for our kids.

It’s the last thing we want to do but we may have to close the shelter on weekend days. That’s where we need your help. We need $12,000 to stay open on weekends through the end of our fiscal year, June 30. Meanwhile, we’ll be working diligently to locate new funding.

Shooing the kids out the door on Saturday and Sunday mornings will be a nightmare, especially during the harsh winter months. We’re worried they’ll either hang around downtown getting into trouble or just “crash” somewhere unsafe.

We need your help to make sure this doesn’t happen. As you know, it is not an everyday occurrence for us to ask you for emergency help.

We know you want to keep our kids safe and warm as much as we do. Can you find $100 or $500 or something to help us keep our doors open? We are so grateful for your continued support. 
Crosswalk Teen Shelter exterior
With gratitude,
Marilee Roloff

Marilee K. Roloff

p.s. Please remember to ask your churches, service clubs or businesses if they can help as well. We need all the help we can get right now.

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