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June, July and August 2017 News Reports

Project Hope changes its name to Youth Ops

Project Hope is changing its name to River City Youth OPS on its 10th anniversary. The Board of Directors decided that the name “Project Hope” is used by too many other organizations, which has led to confusion.

They chose the name to reflect the business and work opportunities they are creating for disadvantaged youth through programs for community engagement, job training and education.

“As we’re expanding what we do we need to unify our multiplying activities and brands under one name,” said James Kashork, executive director. “New products include made-from-scratch Liege waffles, gourmet salts, and flavored olive oils and vinegars.”

The program is expanding into new lines such as packaged foods. 

They will change  logos on crew shirts, market signs, the website and promo materials, before the peak season.

Teens in Project Hope T-shirts have become a familiar sight around Spokane’s West Central neighborhood, where they farm produce in vacant lots, sell it at farmer’s market and grocers, and do lawn care.

For information, call 954-6992 or visit

Ben Brody helps prepare ‘Singing Welcome’

Benjamin Brody, professor of church music at Whitworth University, has helped the Hymn Society in the United States and Canada develop a collection of 46 songs, “Singing Welcome: Hymns and Songs of Hospitality to Refugees and Immigrants.”

The collection, which was selected from 200 submissions from around the world, is available to download at

For nearly 100 years, the Hymn Society has created new hymns related to contemporary circumstances. The current concerns about refugees and immigrants have stimulated many songs in a variety of musical styles.

“Our hope and prayer is that these hymns and songs will serve to form and deepen a commitment to hospitality and enable worshiping communities to sing that commitment and welcome in new and engaging ways,” said Ben, convener of the six-member Singing Welcome Working Group, which formed in February 2017.

Many of the songs come from countries that are homelands of current refugees and immigrants to the U.S. and Canada.

The publishers, authors and composers have granted permission to use the hymns and songs at no royalty cost for two months.

For information, call 777-3214 or email

United Methodist Women set ‘Mission u’

United Methodist Women and Global Ministries are holding the 2017 “Mission u” July 14 to 17 at Central Washington University in Ellensburg.

Bishop Mary Ann Swenson, study leader, and other speakers will address “Missionary Conferences,” exploring the past, present and future of the Alaska, Red Bird and Oklahoma Conferences, including the Doctrine of Discovery.

Neal Christie, assistant general secretary for education and leadership formation at the General Board of Church and Society for the United Methodist Church (UMC) in Washington, D.C., will discuss UMC social principles.

Other leaders will explore covenantal living and climate justice.

Youth ages 12 to 17 will join a program with Amanda Hutchinson and Christopher Gudger-Raines on “In Mission Together: A Youth Study on Missionary Conferences.”

For information, call 509-427-2738 or email

Clare View hosts Summer Senior Speakers

Clare View Seniors and Spokane Housing Ventures are offering Senior Empowerment Summer Speakers on the third Thursdays in June, July and August at Clare View Seniors Community Building, 4827 S. Palouse Highway.

Topics for the program from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., June 15, will include nutrient depletion from prescriptions, writing an obituary, STA’s Mobility Mentor program, Cap-Tel telephones and 10 facts on Hospice.

Presenters from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., July 20, are Frontier Behavioral Health, Aging & Long-term Care, Hospice of Spokane, Evergreen Elder Law, United Health Care and SCRAPS.

 The 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Aug. 17 program includes Elder Law Group, ResCare, Elder Finances, ACT 2, Horizon Hospice and Palliative Care, and the Better Business Bureau.

 Meals on Wheels Silver Café will serve the lunches.

For information, call 252-6512.

Holocaust survivor speaks in Spokane

Marthe Cohn, a holocaust survivor and co-author of a book about her experiences as part of the French First Army intelligence service, will speak about the book, “Behind Enemy Lines: The True Story of a Jewish Spy in Nazi Germany,” at 7 p.m., Wednesday, June 14, at the Spokane Convention Center, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd.

 As a nurse fluent in German, she travelled into German territory and collected intelligence for the French army. She was decorated with the Croix de Guerre in 1945 for her work as a member of the first French army intelligence service.

The event is being presented by Chabad of Spokane County.

For information, visit

Hospice of North Idaho builds new building

Hospice of North Idaho is building a campus for its end-of-life care, and grief and loss services. Ground has been broken for an administration and community building beside its Schneidmiller House, built in 2011.

There will be offices and meeting space for 120 support groups, counseling, professional development and community events.

Kim Ransier, executive director, said they envision one campus with in-patient unit houses for end-of-life care and for in-home hospice care nurses, social workers and care teams next door.

The construction is scheduled to be completed in December.

Hospice of North Idaho, which has provided care since 1981, serves people in Benewah, Shoshone and Kootenai Counties.

“We will be able to offer a space for our children’s afterschool grief program and capacity for 200 in the community room,” said Kim.

For information, call 208-772-7994 or visit

Palouse provides access ramps

Access ramps have been purchased and distributed in northern Idaho at no cost to the recipients so they can stay in their homes, said Vicki Leeper of Disability Action Center Northwest.

In September 2016, Disability Action Center Northwest received a $17,500 grant from the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation to provide access to ramps in the Palouse. 

They bought various aluminum ramp systems to address different needs. Some ramps are used to make public events accessible. 

These have been set up for community members on a short- or long-term loan basis, with volunteer labor from organizations like Palouse Habitat for Humanity.

The grant pays for transportation and a trailer to move the ramps when they are reassigned.

Low-income people needing a ramp can contact the center.

For information, call 208-883-0523 or email

Lutheran Community Services will hold Partners in Justice Awards Ceremony

The Lutheran Community Services Northwest Partners in Justice Awards Ceremony will be held from 5 to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, June 22, at the Barrister Winery, 1213 W. Railroad Ave.

The annual event uplifts the work done by individuals, businesses and agencies in Spokane that show a commitment to justice by helping change the lives of victims of sexual assault and other crimes.

The event will include an opportunity to donate to support the SAFeT Response Center and Crime Victims Service Center.

For information, call 343-5032, email or visit

Whitworth Institute of Ministry is July 18 to 22

The theme for the annual Whitworth Institute of Ministry, which provides spiritual renewal for people in ministry leadership and their families, is “For Such a Time as This: Christian Discipleship in the 21st Century.”

The week of Bible teaching, preaching, worship, seminars and personal renewal—with special programs for spouses, youth and children—will be held July 18 to 22 at Whitworth University.

The 2017 featured speakers are Brenda Salter McNeal, associate professor of reconciliation studies in the School of Theology at Seattle Pacific University, and Mike Breen, speaker, author, minister, entrepreneur and innovator in the discipling movement.

For information, call 777-3275, email or visit

Abbey offers session on ‘Exploring Buddhism’

Sravasti Abbey in Newport is offering a session on “Exploring Buddhism” for young adults, July 10 to 17.  The retreat, exploring Buddha’s teaching and young adults’ hope for a better world, will be led by Bhikshuni Thubten Chodron, a Buddhist nun, teacher and author.  Participants will learn about creating peace in a chaotic world and will experience life in a Buddhist monastery.

For information, call 447-5549, email or visit

August bike ride benefits LCS

Lutheran Community Services Northwest is the beneficiary of the annual “8 Lakes Leg Aches” bike ride between Spokane, Medical Lake and Cheney on Saturday, Aug. 5, starting and finishing at the top of Sunset Highway.

Riders may choose 30, 45 or 70 mile distances.

For information, call 747-1224,email or visit

COR plans 2017 Summer Seminar Series

“When Rose-Colored Glasses Distort the Truth: The Wisdom of Multiple Perspectives,” is the theme for the Summer Seminar Series 2017 of the Center for Organizational Reform (COR).

The 20 half-day workshops will be held from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., June 12 to 16 and June 19 to 23 at COR, 222 W. Mission.

“COR assumes individuals, although sharing some universal characteristics, are always radically different from each other in ways that deserve respect,” said Nancy Isaacson, director.

She said COR teaches how to see things in more ways than the default perspectives.

“At COR, we call this approach ‘using the lenses’,” she said, “and we’ve identified ways of defining the lenses. The more lenses people can use, the better they are at making their point, seeing others’ worldviews and generating more decision options,” Nancy said.

For information, visit or email