The following programs have been selected to benefit from the 2020 Women Helping Women Resiliency Campaign. To learn more about each grantee, click their logo to be taken to their website.
Proactive Success Coaching
Career Path Services is a workforce development human service nonprofit corporation. Their purpose is to break the spirit of poverty though the dignity of work. Their vision is to empower people, enhance workforce, and enrich community. Since 1971, their passion has been to help people move out of poverty and stay out of poverty.
Proactive Success Coaching (PSC) is a new employment retention program offering intentional, participant-centered support customized to meet individuals’ needs as they transition off public assistance into employment. The PSC objective is to assist single moms exiting the WorkFirst Community Jobs program into employment with employment retention services, thereby reducing the likelihood of cycling back through the WorkFirst system. PSC will help single mothers achieve and sustain long-term financial stability and success.
Parent-Child Interaction Therapy
Compelled by the mission to prevent, interrupt and repair cycles of abuse and neglect within families, Partners is a social safety net for abused and neglected children with the capability to provide holistic supportive family services to all families across the Inland Northwest. Everything they do – from evaluation to treatment services for children and families – prevents child abuse, encircles families with security and support, and provides treatment and caring so that families can thrive and children can live healthy, productive lives.
Parent-Child Interaction Therapy is an effective trauma-informed intervention that improves the parent-child relationship, increases parenting skills, decreases child conduct problems, and reduces the risk of maltreatment. Partners' Parent-Child Interaction Therapy helps to ensure that behavioral crises do not escalate, and that the physical and mental well-being of parent and child are supported. Through therapeutic treatment, families receive wrap-around services that provide support for basic health care, safety at home, and daily material needs, as well as to learn and develop skills and competencies to ensure healthy practices as they grow.
Food 4 Thought
Spokane Valley Partners work to prevent hunger and poverty alongside great community partners. When local families, vulnerable youth, and impoverished elderly face significant obstacles Spokane Valley Partners is here to provide a safety net for those in need. With roots of compassion dating back over 60 years, they have grown to meet the needs of the community as the largest social services agency in Spokane Valley.
Food 4 Thought provides weekend food to more than 450 homeless students. These homeless students battle food insecurity on a daily basis. This is often coupled with anxiety, depression, behavioral issues, severe decline in school performance, critical slump in concentration and a slowing of cognitive development. They fall further behind as a result of these insecurities. When Spokane Valley Partners hears that another child needs weekend food, they don’t slowly contemplate whether or not they can meet the need and if they have sufficient support. They don’t send out e-mails or call around to secure a sponsor for the additional expense. Spokane Valley Partners simply says, “yes,” to the hungry child and, without hesitation, add the student to their list.
Transitions works to end poverty and homelessness for women and children in Spokane. They pursue this mission through the operation of the Women's Hearth, Transitional Living Center (TLC), EduCare, Miryam's House, New Leaf Kitchen & Café, and Home Yard Cottages.
EduCare is an onsite licensed daycare for the children that reside or are alumnae of TLC. It provides a developmentally supportive environment, robust nutritional program, and trauma informed emotional support for formerly homeless infants, toddlers, and preschool age children. They work to increase opportunities for individual achievement and to develop a stronger sense of individual value, empathy, and self awareness for each little boy or girl who walks through their door. Teachers also establish a positive partnership with parents to support the development, treatment and education of young children. Part of that partnership includes weekly parenting groups where moms meet with staff to learn healthy parenting strategies and skills, breaking the cycle of poverty and homelessness. This also enables our EduCare kiddos to flourish with stability in the classroom and at home.
Women & Children’s Free Restaurant (WCFR) is a vital safety net which fills nutritional gaps for women and children in need while fostering dignity and respect, both within their restaurant and in the community.
Nutrition-to-Go reaches out across the community in collaboration with 28 partner locations to feed Spokane’s most vulnerable women, children, and teens, including those experiencing homelessness, family violence, mental health issues, trauma, and pervasive poverty. WCFR developed the program as a way to reach those who are unable to come to our restaurant due to transportation, scheduling, or geographic barriers. Nutrition-to-Go’s unique model depends on collaboration with other social service agencies and allows women and children to access nutritious meals a part of another service they receive. They strategically partner with organizations located in Spokane’s lowest income neighborhoods such as East Central, West Central, Downtown, and Hillyard. The program currently works with 28 partner locations and is on track to serve 40,000 meals in 2019. Creating a wraparound experience for vulnerable citizens fills a critical gap in our community.
Confidential Safe Shelter for Domestic Violence Victims and Their Children/Dependents
YWCA is the oldest and largest women’s organization in the world. YWCA Spokane has served as a source of strength for women and children in the Spokane community for 116 years. On average, we provide services to thousands of women and children annually. Our programs help women escape from domestic violence, get access to legal support, provide a safe place for healing and growth, and grant opportunities for women to learn new skills, increase employment options, and provide access to resources for their children’s education and well-being.
YWCA's goal is to ensure the safety of survivors who are fleeing violence from an intimate partner by providing safe shelter, counseling, case management, education, and basic necessities like food, clothing, personal care items, and transportation. Woman and their children may need a temporary safe place away from their partner’s emotional abuse or violence. For many survivors, the shelter is a place to rest, sort out feelings, decide what is next, and get information and support to make changes. Advocates are available to help with safety planning, practical and emotional support, education around domestic violence and healthy relationships, and referral to community resources.
CAPA and Circle of Security-Parenting
Catholic Charities of Spokane affirms the dignity of every person, partnering with parishes and the greater community to serve and advocate for those who are vulnerable, bringing stability and hope to people throughout Eastern Washington.
CAPA/PREPARES (Childbirth and Parenting Assistance) provides an environment for parents to build loving bonds with their kids to prepare them for a healthy future. CAPA/PREPARES offers stabilizing and advocacy services to expecting and parenting individuals and families with children ages 5 and under. This 10-week course is a catalyst in breaking the cycles of abuse and neglect within vulnerable families. Led by trained facilitators, Circle of Security assists parents in identifying their own unhealthy patterns and triggers before they pass them on to their children.
The Campus Kitchen
The Gonzaga University Center for Community Engagement coordinates community and public service programs, including service-learning courses, community-based volunteer and outreach programs, and external volunteer projects. We offer unlimited opportunities to support causes that matter to you, develop valuable leadership skills and carry out Gonzaga’s Jesuit mission of serving others.
The Campus Kitchen is a hunger relief program that focuses on food recovery, eliminating waste, and building community. The program collects all of the leftover food from campus dining and utilizes student volunteers to re-purpose that food into healthy meals that get delivered to low-income senior housing, after school programs, and shelters in the Spokane community. Weekly meals are sent to Crosswalk, Cup of Cool Water, The American Indian Community Center, The O’Malley Senior Center, One Heart Spokane, House of Charity, and Logan Elementary.
Enhanced Family Resources Coordination Program
For nearly 60 years, Joya Child & Family Development has been dedicated to helping the most vulnerable and marginalized in our society. This homegrown nonprofit is the only Neurodevelopmental Center of Excellence in eastern Washington. Joya currently serves more than 300 Spokane County children a year with a wide range of developmental delays and disabilities. They help families thrive, so their children can thrive, by offering a comprehensive program of assessment, therapy, education, and support - regardless of their ability to pay.
Joya's early intervention program serves children ages birth to three, is family-based and operates year-round. It starts with a thorough evaluation to assess a child’s strengths and needs. Treatment and support is personalized, comprehensive and tailored to meet the individual needs of each child and family. They make programs work for families: They meet families where they are – in their home, daycare, or at their facility – to minimize barriers to care. Therapeutic play in “natural environments” gives families practical skills to support their child’s development.
Emergency Receiving Facilities
The Salvation Army’s Emergency Foster Care placement, Sally’s House and Evangeline’s House are the only receiving facilities in the state providing emergency placement for children and transitioning youth, ages 2-20, who have been removed from their home due to extreme abuse and/or neglect. Specially trained staff are on side to accept children 24/7 for emergency placement. Children are brought to the Salvation Army day or night by local law enforcement or Child Protective Services. Each child can stay at Sally’s house for three months and Evangeline’s House for 15 days—with a court ordered extension, if needed. The Salvation Army understands that 70% of children in foster care also have siblings in foster care, and they accommodate sibling sets so children can remain together.
Emergency Respite Care
Vanessa Behan helps parents who are having difficulty providing safe shelter and care for their children. They may be dealing with issues as complex as substance abuse, domestic violence and homelessness. Or, they may just be exhausted and worn-out from the demands of parenting. Vanessa Behan’s vision is to provide immediate refuge for children and support to strengthen families.
24 hours a day, 365 days a year hundreds of area families receive free, respite care for children from ages 0-6, for up to 72 hours at a time. This care includes food, clothing, diapers and ensuring all basic needs are met for the children in our care. Most importantly, they receive unconditional love and nurturing care from staff and volunteers. Their program exist to keep their kids safe. It is the time parents need to resolve crises before more tragedies happen in our community. Last year, their program cared for a record 6,013 children, some for one night and others for several days.