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Hope House

Last year Spokane’s Hope House provided shelter and refuge to more than 350 women aged 18 and older.

These women are grandmothers, mothers, sisters and daughters.

Originally known as the Downtown Women's Shelter, Hope House was founded in response to the 1997 serial murders of women on the streets of Spokane to offer women protection from violence on the street. Operated by Volunteers of America since 2001, Hope House is dedicated to making a significant difference in the lives of homeless women.

Emergency Shelter

There are more than 1,800 homeless single women in Spokane, many with mental health or chemical dependency issues—all with nowhere else to go. Named for the refuge it provides, Hope House offers refuge from the dangerous streets to any woman regardless of her mental health status, chemical dependency issues or lifestyle. Hope House offers an environment of dignity, respect and compassion that honors the intrinsic value and unique experience of every woman. Thirty-four shelter beds are available each night. Each woman receives personal care including: nutritious food a hot shower clean, dry clothing hygiene items a warm bed onsite case management resource information referrals to community resources.

For any questions about the shelter contact call Heather Thomas-Taylor at (509) 455-3491 or


For any questions or inquiries about donations please contact Rae-Lynn Barden at (509) 279-8783 or --or-- Remelisa Cullitan at (509) 688-1117 or


Ever growing and expanding, Hope House Shelter is in need of a few items for their kitchen. Since our most recent move we are able to serve nearly double the shelter women than before which means we now feed 60 women three meals every day. If you are able to help and purchase any of the below items we would be oh so grateful.

Please contact Beth McRae, VOA's Food Coordinator, for any food or meal related questions or to donate any of the below listed kitchen items: 

Beth McRae (509) 991-1812 or

Large Pressure Cooker

Large Colander


Large Strainer


Large Brazier


Large Stock Pot with Lid


3 Thermometers


3 Drainers


Permanent Supportive Housing
Hope House also offers 25 apartments for low-income women who are ready to leave the streets. These safe, affordable apartments offer women committed to working on the causes of their homelessness a supportive transition to living on their own. This residential program also includes:

  • Individualized case management
  • Opportunities for permanent housing

Hope House | Address: 111 W Third Ave, Spokane, WA 99201 | Shelter Hours: sun-mon 8pm-8am | Office Hours: mon-fri 9am-5pm
Phone: 509.455.2886
Fax: 509.455.3462