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Homeless Get "One -Stop" Assistance at Special Event

Several hundred people with nowhere to call home received some assistance in Spokane Wednesday. An event called “Homeless Connect” was held at the Salvation Army headquarters in north central Spokane.

The event brought out representatives from dozens of organizations offering a variety of services.

Spokeswoman Kari Chapman says the idea was to provide one stop services for folks in one day, rather than the weeks it could otherwise take.

“We have haircuts, we have veterinary services, food banks, hygiene, giving backpacks is here, we have housing and employment, family services, we have vaccinations and CHAS medical and dental in the building. We have a lot going on,” Chapman said.

Jason Kaushan was one of the individuals who paid a visit to the event. He said the assistance he has received from the Salvation Army has been extremely important.

“I came here to eat and see my friends and stuff," Kaushan said. "I like the Salvation Army. They’ve always been good to me. I worked for them. They were paying my rent, you know, when this guy stabbed me and I got evicted. And I just had my foot in the door,and I couldn’t even get established because this happened."

Organizers said about 500 folks paid a visit to the event.


Steve was part of the Spokane Public Radio family for many years before he came on air in 1999. His wife, Laurie, produced Radio Ethiopia in the late 1980s through the '90s, and Steve used to “lurk in the shadowy world” of Weekend SPR. Steve has done various on air shifts at the station, including nearly 15 years as the local Morning Edition host. Currently, he is the voice of local weather and news during All Things Considerd, writing, editing, producing and/or delivering newscasts and features for both KPBX and KSFC. Aside from SPR, Steve ,who lives in the country, enjoys gardening, chickens, playing and listening to music, astronomy, photography, sports cars and camping.