Mission: Overnight shelter, meals & transportation to homeless families.
Programs: Provide overnight shelter, meals, transportation and other emergency support to homeless families in the spokane area by partnering with area churches. There are over 600 volunteers who are assential to ensure families obtain services and emergency support. There are 12 churches in the spokane area rotating space for homeless families. The organization's network can provide shelter for more than 12 homeless individuals at any given time, for a maximum stay of 30 days. Over 250 families have been served, with a success rate of 82% of families finding permanent or transitional housing. A day center is available for the families during the day, with enrichment classes and resources being available under parent and job training programs. A mentoring program is also under development. Not included in the form 990 income and expenses are an additional 17,000 or more of in-kind housing support, food and supplies that are passed along directly to homeless families in the community and familes served by the organization. During the 2013-14 year, 15 families were assisted with an average of 75 nights - an estimated 3480 bed nights.
As a volunteer for Interfaith Hospitality of Spokane I am so impressed with the dedication of the staff, board of directors, and volunteers. I recently had the opportunity to work with a homeless family (guest family) from Africa. They had lived in a UN camp for over 10 years and have relocated to Spokane. Interfaith case managers are assisting the family with permanent housing, life skills, physical and mental health, budgeting, obtaining jobs, and I am sure much more. I am amazed how this non-profit organization, which started in 1997 in Spokane, makes such an impact on the families they serve.