SUMMER 2018 works faith
With the temperatures rising, and the 4th of July holiday behind us, summer is truly in full swing. Long days and warm nights give us the opportunity to live each day to its fullest and participate in the many outdoor activities that living in the beautiful Pacific Northwest offers us. With hiking, kayaking, paddling and swimming, all within a short driving distance, the family memories and possibilities are endless! This summer, my family is preparing to welcome an 8th grade exchange student from Mexico who will join my son Timmy (8th grade), daughter Tess (4th grade) and my wife Rachael (the 8th grade teacher) at St. Thomas More Catholic School. For some families, summertime is not always the happiest season. Many families in our community rely on schools for their children’s breakfast and lunch meals, and the chronically homeless are at risk for dehydration and exposure in the sweltering temperatures. Summer break does not mean that poverty, trauma and those in crisis get a rest from the hardships of their everyday lives. It is our mission at Catholic Charities Eastern Washington to provide hope and stability throughout our community. That is why at House of Charity we offer services which include meals, water and a cool place to rest. Our Volunteer Chore Services staff and volunteers assist the elderly and disabled who are unable to complete necessary tasks in the heat, and our Food For All program distributes Fresh Bucks vouchers to those who would be unable to access fresh fruits and vegetables without them. At Catholic Charities we do not want to just meet people’s basic needs, we want to promote the dignity of the whole person! This is not a task that we can (or want) to do alone. We are lucky to have generous community partners to assist us in our endeavors. This summer, the City of Spokane, with efforts led by Mayor Condon, has installed LED lights at the pedestrian crosswalks at Brown & Pacific and at Division & Pacific. These illuminated crosswalks will create a safer and healthier community surrounding the House of Charity. Coordinated Care is sponsoring our Food For All KERNEL Booths (Kids Eating Right Nutrition and Exercise for Life) throughout Eastern Washington Farmers Markets, and St. Margaret’s Shelter was awarded a $150,000 grant for wraparound social services from Premera Blue Cross. We are grateful for the community support, and we could not do our work without YOU! Please pray for us as we continue to support those who are vulnerable in our community by providing hope and stabilizing services this summer and year-round.
Rob McCann, President & CEO
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