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News Releases

  • October 2, 2014

    Celebrity Fashion Show to Benefit Hope House Women's Shelter

    The 16th annual Hope House Celebrity Fashion Show raises funds that provide up to one-third of the Hope House women’s shelter annual operating budget—literally providing hot showers, warm beds and a second chance for nearly 350 vulnerable Spokane women each year.

  • April 15, 2014

    “I Remember Mama” Charity Event Offers One-of-a-Kind Mother's Day Gift

    Area residents have the opportunity to give Mom something local, green and inexpensive this Mother’s Day and make a difference for Spokane women in need at the same time by participating in the 16th annual I Remember Mama. For as little as $25, individuals and families can sponsor a “Mama”...

  • December 10, 2013

    Urgent Need for Winter Wear and Blankets at Local Shelters

    Due to recent low temperatures, local shelters and other housing programs run by Volunteers of America are in urgent need of new or used winter wear (hats, gloves, coats, etc.) and blankets of all sizes. Donations can be brought directly to the Crosswalk teen shelter (525 W Second Ave) at any time and will be distributed to homeless and low-income adults, youth, veterans and families throughout Volunteers of America programs.

Press Coverage

  • May 1, 2015

    Agencies collaborate to build housing for chronically homeless

    The Fig Tree

    With federal and state tax credit project support for Housing First for chronically homeless people, Catholic Charities of Spokane and Volunteers of America of the Inland Northwest are collaborating to build two neighboring 50-unit permanent supportive housing facilities on the 200 block of East Second Ave. in Spokane...

  • April 12, 2015

    Housing First approach puts stable shelter at top of the list

    The Spokesman-Review

    Spokane is about to undergo a major expansion of Housing First projects. Catholic Charities will break ground on another 50-unit housing project this spring – right next door to a similar project by Volunteers of America. And those are just the first of several projects... “Our goal is by 2019 we will have a unit for every chronically homeless person in Spokane.”...

  • March 11, 2015

    Spokane conference addresses difficult topic of suicide

    The Spokesman-Reveiw

    Jenny Shea, center, a volunteer at Volunteers of America, listens to a panel discussion about preventing suicide among young people Tuesday at Gonzaga University. Shea works with older teens in the foster care system. The daylong conference included discussions about effective programs, multistate coordination and counseling techniques...

Stories of Hope

  • March 15, 2015

    Billy uses skateboards to fight homelessness

    A lot of the force behind Crosswalk is volunteer-driven. Many of those volunteers are actually kids who used to go to Crosswalk too. One of those kids grew up to be a man who tries to be as involved in helping out the community as much as possible...

  • June 5, 2014

    Josie proves them wrong: I won't be "just another homeless former-foster kid"

    Former foster youth, Josie, was blindsided by suddenly becoming homeless during her first year of college. Most kids her age would have given up under the pressure. But not Josie: she got a job, and then another, and another...

  • May 16, 2014

    Victoria shatters stereotypes by crunching data

    Victoria built a career crunching data at luxury hotels all over the world and using it to ways to improve their success. Now she is using her expertise to help Volunteers of America. “There is a story to tell behind the data,” she says. “And to be able to translate it to show the success of...


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  • March 1, 2015

    Working Wonders Newsletter (Spring 2015)

    Spring 2015

    This Mother’s Day, with your help, nearly 150 low-income elderly and disabled women come out of their small apartments to be whisked away to a wonderful celebration at the downtown Spokane Doubletree—our 17th annual I Remember Mama Mother’s Day luncheon.

  • December 1, 2014

    Working Wonders Newsletter (Winter 2014)

    Winter 2014

    Once a week for most of the year, nine white-haired elves lean over workbenches at Rockwood Lane retirement community, carving and crafting beautiful new toys for children in need.

  • October 1, 2014

    Working Wonders Newsletter (Fall 2014)

    Fall 2014

    2014 Annual Report: The difference your dollars make,16th Annual Hope House Celebrity Fashion Show, and other news.