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New Locally Produced Documentary Series Focuses On Homelessness

Saturday, July 6, 2019

A public “Premiere” and fund-raiser for “My Road Leads Home: The Spokane Homeless Connect,” a new locally produced documentary series on homelessness, was held Thursday evening, May 30, 7:00PM at the Spokane Public Library in downtown Spokane. Learn more on the documentary project website at MyRoadLeadsHome.org. Working in cooperation with the Spokane Homeless Coalition, the […] Read More >

Spokane Homeless Connect

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

January 30th, 2020 10am – 3pm Spokane Convention Center 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd., Spokane, WA The purpose of the annual Spokane Homeless Connect is to address homelessness in greater Spokane by bringing together more than 65 service providers offering a wide variety of services under one roof for anyone experiencing homelessness or at risk […] Read More >

78-year-old Zag fan finally gets his ticket to the Kennel

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

SPOKANE, Wash. – After spending the last 3 years trying to score tickets to a Gonzaga men’s basketball game, Richard Schaffer learned there would be a seat for him Tuesday night inside the Kennel – all thanks to an anonymous donor who was touched by a post on Facebook. The 78-year-old has been a Zags […] Read More >

Man makes Spokane a better place one backpack at a time

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

“You don’t have to wait for your life to be in order. I was at my worst day and it turned into the most beautiful day of my life,” Rick Clark said. Sometimes the people who have the least—give the most. That was the case for one spokane father whose single act of kindness has […] Read More >

Student creates nonprofit which gives hope to the homeless

Thursday, November 29, 2018

In March 2015, Rick Clark was living in a trailer without a job, car or electricity. Three years later he is preparing to graduate college and has become a community activist driving a nonprofit backed by a hopeful whirlwind of community support.  Clark grew up seeing other kids live the life he wanted. Born in […] Read More >

Man makes Spokane a better place one backpack at a time

Friday, November 23, 2018

SPOKANE, Wash. – They met by chance, on what Rick Clark called the worst day of his life.  Two men, both down on their luck, were waiting at the STA Plaza, in downtown Spokane.  Clark was 44-years-old at the time. He had a ninth grade education and about eight dollars to his name. He was waiting […] Read More >

Rick Clark named a Runner Up in United Way Outstanding Emerging Philanthropist Award

Friday, October 26, 2018

By highlighting the spirit of giving and caring deeds, these awards acknowledge the impact of philanthropy in Spokane County. Each winner receives $1,000 for the charity of their choice. Additionally, each nominee in the John J. Hemmingson Outstanding Young Philanthropist category is awarded $250 for the charity of their choice. Join us in celebrating and […] Read More >

Community steps up with charity car wash to help local men

Sunday, July 29, 2018

When life brings you down, sometimes you stay down. But for two local men and fathers, this was not the case thanks to the Spokane community. Both Jade Britton and Anthony Horn are trying to get their lives back on track after separate tragedies sent them dark paths. Horn is in a wheelchair after a […] Read More >

Hometown Hero – Rick Clark

Saturday, June 30, 2018

You have to get it on the court. Meet and be with people where and how they are. Actively look for what will make a difference and don’t let the status quo get in the way. Martin Luther King observed, “it is a cruel jest to say to a bootless man that he ought to […] Read More >

Former homeless Spokane man recognized for ‘Giving Backpacks’ to homeless

Thursday, May 31, 2018

SPOKANE, Wash. – Community organizer and Gonzaga student Rick Clark celebrated his 47th birthday at Second Harvest, when he showed up for what he thought would be a day of volunteering. Instead, he was surprised by a crowd of family, friends and Delta Dental’s “surprise and delight” group, who honors people who give back to […] Read More >

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