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  • March 15, 2015

    Billy uses skateboards to fight homelessness

    by Frances Wang (KREM-2 News)

    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"

    Whitworth degree makes her one of less than 2% of foster youth who graduate from college

    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

    volunteer work helps her find the story behind the numbers

    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...

  • March 25, 2014

    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...

  • October 1, 2013

    Jill teaches pregnant teens the arts of mothering and making a home

    by Daniel Walters (The Inlander)

    In 1980, a terrified 18-year-old named Jill Staples gave birth to a little girl she named Erin. And she had no idea what to do. "I didn't know how it was going to work out. I didn't know how I was going to support her," Staples says. "I didn't know how in the world I was going to do this with a baby."...

  • August 14, 2013

    Diana saves lives at Crosswalk teen shelter

    retired nurse uses head, hands and heart to heal homeless kids

    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...

  • August 14, 2008

    Jessica’s volunteer work with young mothers opens her eyes—and her heart

    Service-learning assignment becomes genuine connection

    “I never knew about this whole other world of homelessness and how it affected people. As I learned how they became homeless and all they had to do to survive, I came to realize how loving, intelligent and determined these women are...

  • April 23, 2013

    Teachers' sorority's contributions give an education in giving

    Alpha Delta Kappa ready to help anywhere, anytime

    At Volunteers of America, the support of Alpha Delta Kappa teachers’ sorority can be seen around every corner. “They’re like a benevolent sleeper cell,” says Hope House director Rusty Barnett. “Anything we need we can call ADK and it’s here in an instant—quilts and blankets, gloves and hats, hygiene items and more."...

  • September 18, 2012

    Home Depot Foundation improves home for veterans

    Home Depot volunteers and $30,000 gift transforms two homes for vets

    By the time the volunteers were done, it literally looked like a brand new house. Everyone went above and beyond. When they completed the work earlier than planned, they announced they were going to paint the house! A supervisor from the Home Depot paint department took color samples and brought back matching...

  • April 16, 2012

    Pat learns that patience really is a virtue

    former teacher forms special connection with homeless teens

    Pat had driven past Crosswalk for years but didn’t really know what it was all about. After a few inquiries she learned it was a teen shelter, a school and a place where teens in crisis could get a hot meal, a warm bed and an education. She loved the idea. “When I was a teenager, we didn’t have Crosswalk as an option. Some of us...