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Official News Magazine of the Diocese of Spokane

Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
P.O. Box 48, Spokane WA 99210
(509) 358-7340; FAX: (509) 358-7302

Numbers increase for House of Charity’s wintertime sleeping program

by Bonita Lawhead, Inland Register staff

(From the Oct. 24, 2002 edition of the Inland Register)

The House of Charity at 32 W. Pacific in Spokane will begin its Emergency Winter Sleeping Program Nov. 1.

Ed McCarron, director of the House of Charity, said the number of men who avail themselves of a place to sleep during the winter has continued to go up. “Last year, it was an average of 99 men (per night); the year before, it was 88,” he said.

He also said that the sleeping program operates for a month longer than it used to. “We used to be open for four months “ at a time, McCarron said, “now it’s five.”

The total number of those who slept at the House of Charity last year was 13,523.

McCarron explained how the sleeping program works.

The House of Charity is open during the day, serving a hot meal at noon. The facility closes at 3 p.m. (2 p.m. on Thursdays) and then reopens again at 6 p.m. At 7:15 p.m., men ages 18 and older who want to stay all night start lining up and at 8 p.m., the facility is closed for the night.

Two male volunteers work with the men who are staying. The guests are given toiletries and pajamas and are required to take a shower. The two volunteers stay all night, to meet any other needs that might arise during the night.

McCarron said they have a pool of about 45 men who volunteer for the sleeping program. But other volunteers are welcome. McCarron said they could especially use extra help on the weekends.

Those wanting more information about volunteering should call the House of Charity at (509) 624-7821.

To help fund the program, Catholic Charities is sponsoring the Bishop’s Poor Man’s Meal on Sunday, Oct. 27, from noon to 2, at the House of Charity at 32 W. Pacific in Spokane. Donation is $10 per person.

For information or tickets, call Catholic Charities: 358-4250.


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