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  • April 8, 2010

    Dan builds therapeutic garden at the vets' house that healed him

    newfound stability reawakened his giving spirit

    After more than fifteen years of homelessness, Dan was missing most of his teeth, didn’t have any identification and was generally in bad health.He had been surviving one day at a time for as long as he could remember. But all that changed in a few short months at the R & R House...

  • March 23, 2010

    Lee Ann takes her first steps into a new life

    Hope House offers her an apartment of her own

    It should have been the happiest day of Lee Ann’s life. But on her way up the stairs to her new apartment, the reality of the situation hit her. She didn’t have sheets or silverware. She didn’t even have an alarm clock to wake up for her new job the next morning. As she put her foot on the first step she remembered how scary...

  • June 5, 2009

    Bridget learns to see at Crosswalk

    what she saw changed her—and the direction of her life

    Before I knew it I was alone with a couple other adults and all these kids with smelly clothes, pierced everything and whakadoodle haircuts. Some of them were very clear about not needing me or my help. I didn’t know why they pushed me away like that or why they talked or acted or looked the way they did...

  • May 5, 2009

    Alexis climbs from homelessness to the Ivy League

    young woman aided by Crosswalk and its scholarship program

    There were times I wanted to give up and just crawl in a hole. I would read the encouraging notes from the scholarship committee and begin to cry because they believe in me and my abilities. I’d remember my dream of becoming an attorney, to help the Alexis's of the world, who just need someone to believe in them...

  • March 23, 2009

    Nancy finds happiness volunteering at Crosswalk

    by Nicholas Deshais (The Inlander)

    Nancy Daly loves volunteering at Crosswalk—she even has the tattoo to prove it. After thirteen years, what keeps her coming back? “It just makes your heart feel happy,” she says...

  • December 15, 2008

    Second-grader Kylie collects presents for Crosswalk teens

    seven-year-old gathers hundreds of donations for the homeless

    The note, written with a 7-year-old's spelling and sincerity, reads simply: Thank you for helping me with my project last year. I am doing my project agin. Can you help me this year with my project please? I wold like to do a packedge of things for each person. I want each packege to have a hat, gloves...

  • December 10, 2008

    Ethel gets an apartment of her own

    Hope House helps her add last pieces to the puzzle

    “Ethel” had been carrying the weight of homelessness for years—literally. Because she had nowhere to go, she often walked around for hours, carrying everything she owned on her back. The effort disfigured her leg—leaving her physically disabled in addition to mental-health and chemical dependency issues that crippled her in other ways...

  • May 15, 2008

    Sally's Mother's Day miracle

    luncheon lifted her spirit after tragic disappointment

    “I owe it to you that I feel happy and optimistic again. You have certainly lifted up my depressed spirit,” Sally penned in a letter written the evening after the event. “From now on, you’ll always be in my prayers. I’d like to hug each of you and plant a kiss on your cheeks. You’re real angels...

  • February 20, 2008

    Sabina's gift sparks special event for homeless teens

    rare night of pampering inspired joy and confidence

    Nice clothing can be miraculous for a young woman struggling to keep her head above water. Sabina could have easily done something else with these beautiful clothes, but giving them to us was the first step to providing an unforgettable night for young homeless women...

  • January 25, 2008

    Free rides for homeless teenagers

    by Alison Boggs (The Spokesman-Review)

    Cobbling together $2.50 for a daylong bus pass can be challenging for 19-year-old Tim Bordwell, who frequently doesn’t know where he’ll be sleeping at night. On Thursday, some of his transportation obstacles were alleviated when a nonprofit organization called Pedals 2 People supplied nine refurbished bicycles to clients of Crosswalk...