Spokane Homeless Connect – January 19

Spokane’s 2016 Homeless Connect will be taking place from 10AM-3PM on Tuesday, January 19th at The Salvation Army’s Community Center, located at 223 E. Nora Ave. STA Buses #25 and #27 serve the location.

Services available include:

  • Free Meals
  • DSHS Services
  • Family Services
  • Veteran Services
  • Medical Screenings
  • Clothing
  • Food Bank
  • Housing Services
  • Veterinary Care for Pets, and more

Check out the flyer for more information: 2016 Homeless Connect Poster

All About BFET

Washington State offers a program called Basic Food Employment & Training (BFET) which is for recipients of food benefits who do not receive TANF.  There are four locations in Spokane that participate, and offer services to provide:

  • Job skills train
  • Education classes
  • Job search assistance
  • Application/Resume writing
  • Case management
  • and more!

The following locations provide the service:

The Fulcrum Institute
(509) 795-8955

(509) 532-3120

Spokane Community College (SCC)
(509) 533-8056

Spokane Falls Community College (SFCC)
(509) 533-3599

Green Living


Green Living

Every Drop Counts “Outdoor Irrigation”

  • Install drip irrigation where possible. Periodically check drip systems for clogged or broken tubing or emitters.
  • Use soaker hoses where drip isn’t possible. Stake a soaker hose to desired locations in flower beds, around trees and shrubs and in gardens. Determine the optimal pressure and watering time. Too much pressure causes soaker hoses to spray rather than sweat. Fasten soaker hoses to a hose timer and turn on the timer. You can regulate excess water pressure with a multi-port manifold and hose timers to supply several soaker hoses with ease.
  • Automate sprinkler systems. Use electronic or mechanical timers and soil moisture sensors to help water efficiently. Use an automatic timer or set a timer to remind you to turn off sprinklers. Use a kitchen timer if you can’t install an automated system.
  • Use hose-end shut-off valves for hand watering. Turn off the water as you move the hose from plant to plant.
  • Repair leaks. Especially bad hose connections.
  • Water early in the morning or in the early evening when the air is still and evaporation is minimal.
  • Install a rain sensor that allows your irrigation system to automatically shut-off when rainfall exceeds a certain amount.
  • Inspect irrigation systems and fix leaks, broken/clogged sprinkler heads.

Use a rain barrel to harvest rainwater from gutters for watering gardens and landscapes

Public Service Announcement: New Drug on the Streets of Spokane

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What it is: Alpha-Pyrrolidinopentiophenone (a synthetic stimulant) aka Flakka
How it’s done: Vaping, snorting, eating, smoking
Reported effects: Murderous rage, paranoia, ultra-violence, running around screaming
Is it real: Yes—multiple reported instances of individuals arrested while high on flakka
Famous victim: Naked intersection guy

It’s worse than, more addictive, and cheaper than meth ($5 for a dose).  It’s being compared to bath salts.

Please Read: http://www.krem.com/story/news/local/spokane-county/2015/05/19/spd-spike-flakka-drug-use/27575151/

**Please continue to be aware of your surroundings and do not engage with individuals who appear to be high.  Call 911 if you need.**

Green Living


Green Living

HEALTHY HOMES “Keep Your Home Contaminant-Free”

  • Purchase and install carbon monoxide detectors for each level of your home and within 15 feet of each sleeping area.
  • Don’t use foggers or aerosol sprays to eliminate pests.
  • Leave asbestos-containing materials undisturbed.
  • Perform a radon test of your home.

Limit use of products that contain Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs).

Ending Family Violence Panel Discussion


Who will be there
 You can expect to see representatives from LCSNW and the ywca of Spokane definitely on the panel. Also included will be Officer Hallock from SPD and hopefully a representative from Spokane Public Schools Student Services. We have also invited representatives from Partners with Families and Children and Passages to speak about the services they provide families.

Free Arbor Day Activities at Finch Arboretum, April 25th (11am – 2 pm)

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On Saturday, April 25th bring your cameras and kids to walk and learn in the spring air. Arboretum hosts will tell Arboretum history and tree stories.  Master Composters will share all there is to know about bringing life to soil. There will be a Tree City U.S.A Planting Ceremony.  Kids Activities include making Arbor Day flags and bird seed ornaments. City Arborists will have their Big Rigs including the big Bucket Truck out to see. Even though perfect spring weather may not be here in time, there are indoor and outdoor activities for everyone. Dress for the weather and have fun!