SPOKANE FRIENDS’ NEXT TURN FOR HOSTING FAMILY PROMISE OF SPOKANE FAMILIES IS SEPTEMBER 18-24, 2011.
UPDATE FROM FAMILY PROMISE OF SPOKANE
Family Promise of Spokane presents their 8th Annual Benefit Night at the Spokane Civic Theatre, Wednesday, October 5th, with a presentation of “Thoroughly Modern Millie.” Doors open and Silent Auction begins at 6:30pm. Curtain Call is at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $30 per person. For more information about tickets, call Susan at 747-5487 or visit their website at ihspokane.org.
WHERE WE CAME FROM
Interfaith Hospitality Network of Spokane began as a labor of commitment and vision. A few dedicated people saw the dire need to provide emergency shelter service to homeless children and their families. Instilling a desire in more people about meeting this need they became a dynamic group organized to serve the community. Using the Interfaith, now Family Promise, model, they contacted local churches to develop a network of host and support churches. Finally, after many hours of hard work and prayer, the program opened on March 16, 1997.
Initially located in three rooms of the First Covenant Church serving as the Day Center, the families began the schedule of evening shelter and meals in host churches, returning to the Day Center for case management support. Over 100 families participated in the program before the need for a larger Day Center facility spurred the move into a house in the Gonzaga University neighborhood on Indiana St.
While at the Indiana St. location, the program identified the need for post shelter services. An Aftercare program was designed and implemented in July 2002. Relying on the skills of a dynamic coordinator as well as the resources of the community, many of the past guests enhanced their skills to improve their ability to sustain their independence.
In 2005, as a result of the need to locate a new Day Center facility, the opportunity arose to move into our current location. Our new building has a number of potential options that will benefit the families in the Network, at least once all the modifications and renovations to this building are completed. Because the building is capable of expansion, we may also have the opportunity to provide two transitional housing units for families. While this is a plan for the future, we hope to implement it within the next two years.
Spokane Meeting’s Part in all of this:
We are a host church for IHN meaning that we do house the families that are in the network in our Meetinghouse. They arrive on a Sunday evening and leave the following Sunday morning. During the week they are in our building from 5pm till 7am the next morning. We are responsible to fix them dinner and be their hosts overnight. During the day the families go to the day center or school, jobs, etc. There are 12 churches in the Spokane area that are host churches with several others as support churches. Each church hosts 4 times a year.