April 12, 2012
“To us, helping out and feeling appreciated for it is the best gift we could ever receive," says Kayla Karelson. "We would have signed up sooner had we known it would be like this, honestly.”...
November 1, 2011
bikes give freedom and inspire service
"When we got the bikes from Two Wheel Transit, we found that the vets began riding, and riding, and riding,” recalls Jon Carollo, director of Volunteers of America's programs for veterans. “The bikes replaced the bus for trips to the VA medical center, the grocery store, and to work. As the veterans continued to ride, there was less conflict...
September 13, 2011
raises $10,000 while breaking world record
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...
May 13, 2011
offers apartments to dozens
On a still evening in August 2005, the Lloyd apartment building, which he owns, went up in flames. In typical fashion, Mark quickly found a silver lining—and a chance to use what life had handed him to improve the lives of others...
April 14, 2011
She almost died and it changed her life forever.
She reluctantly retired from counseling. But Ruth, the survivor, soldiered on. Having survived the aneurysm, she had a new-found appreciation for the world and the people in it. She may not be able to work any longer but she still had a pressing desire to make a positive difference in the lives of others...
April 14, 2011
retired math teacher is far from retiring
“They get so excited if they get the problem right or figure out the steps to solving something,” she says. “It’s the coolest thing to see them go from so frustrated in the beginning of the session to the end where you can just see the lights turning on in their minds.” She loves to see that look of understanding wash over a kid...
April 4, 2011
volunteering as a mentor offers "absolute joy"
Entrepreneur Tyler Lafferty had a lot going for him—he had two wildly successful businesses, a big happy family and had traveled the world. He was a model of success. So, it wasn’t surprising that he was asked to be speak at career day. But what happened there surprised even him...
February 28, 2011
by Jody Lawrence-Turner (The Spokesman-Review)
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"...
December 1, 2010
formerly homeless veteran studies prosthetics
In the blink of an eye, he was unemployed and living on his brother’s couch. The V.A. put him into vocational rehab. It turned out he had all the aptitudes that would make him great with prosthetics. It seemed like a great idea but the thought of trying to figure out how to pay rent somewhere, let alone trying to earn a degree, seemed too daunting...
November 18, 2010
custom quilts tell homeless: "hold on. you can do it."
“We don’t want these to belong to a bed,” says Karen. “They should be given to people. We want them to pick what they like and keep it. For kids who don’t have much it will be their blanky. For a young mom just scraping by, suddenly their baby will have a quilt of its own. It’s a small thing for us but it can make a huge impact”...