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Bravo for Ms Dickinson... she has been, even though an advocate for "business" interests, always interested in the plight of the homeless and low income downtown residents. Sterling Savings is a major contributor to each and every local non profit that is in their area. They are and have been a "good neighbor" in spite of their financial faux pas. Best to them ... and they are wise to include Ms Dickinson in their employment. John Olsen Volunteer Chef House of Charity
DS... thank you for your comment... you are a representative of a particular subset of the homeless/near homeless in Spokane... often not "captured" in the fakey "homeless count" in the winter... there are Many.. youth and otherwise that are simply couch surfing/depending on the kindness of strangers and friends that seem to get by.... There is no need for anyone to be hungry in Spokane currently.. with the numerous congregate and other feeding programs... but simple transportation is a problem... bus passes for those that need them would make life better for many at a minimal cost.... use the services available without any reticence ..... food is brain chemistry and helps one to simply function and figure out how to access other services..... be well , and move forward.... and rely on House of Charity.. Shalom, City Gate , Covenent, Gospel Mission, Women´s and Children, and food banks to hold your food needs together... best john olsen HOC volunteer chef...
Thank you for your fine article on this increasing difficulty for so many. The mix of the homeless population in our County with a new style of roughneck young folks is leading to increased conflict. Most of the chronic homeless are seriously mentally ill, and complicate that with alcohol and drug abuse. Without the House of Charity and it´s variety of support and caring services the wheels on Spokane County´s "Truck" would be pointing up. John Olsen Volunteer Chef @ House Of Charity.
* We all missed our chance to change the culture here in Spokane County by not electing Frank Malone to replace Mr Tucker. Likely we will have to try again in a few years… because a recall of an elected official for not doing an effective job is nearly impossible. For now just realize that the “Community of Other” suffers every day with no relief. The publicity that this white Baptist Pastor is giving the complex justice system here in our area is illuminating, but will change nothing. John A Olsen Spokane
As a resident of Spokane for the past six years, returning to the city I was born and raised it is my observation that the things Mr Brookbank states are stunningly sad but true. The paucity of acceptance and understanding of diversity was a blanket over all of us who were born and raised here in the late 1940´s and 50´s. 30 out of 350 of the graduating class of Rogers High School were on our way directly to college after our graduation. Most of us chose not to return to Spokane when we discovered the world outside. My first wife was Japanese so we did not think that Spokane would be a comfortable place to live and love, and it was still against the law in 14 States for us to be married when we were wed. The country has evolved, and laws have been changed... yet it has been a 40 plus year process in my memory... and it continues.... but the pace in Spokane is slower, much slower. There are several active groups that work on supporting what I´ve called the "Community of Other" which has come together as splintered factions with a solidarity to push the edges of change peacefully and legally, without vituperative assaults on those who vilify our vitality with venom. PJALS, Veterans for Peace, Shalom, Progressive Democrats, Odyssey Youth Center and others will continue the slow slog to equality for all. Join us in fostering peace and justice for all.... our constitutional legacy. John A Olsen/ ChefGus Spokane Wa
As Volunteer Chef for the mentally ill, and displaced homeless that inhabit our downtown core at Shalom Ministries and House of Charity it is important to pay greater attention to "outside the jail" care and feeding. Our efforts at Central Methodist Church have but one part time staff funded at 25 hours a week at a low salary and no benefits.
We do garner support from Spokane Mental Health, Housing agencies and CHAS.. so there is professional help on site most days.
Our feeling is that the hot breakfast meal of hearty food, served in a setting of caring and quiet and love does a great deal for this Spokane Basin. With minimal funding this "finger in the dike" could easily be expanded. Help/financial assistance from the County and Cities of the county would be money well spent. John A Olsen aka ChefGus
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