Brian Walker

Helping Hands

Brian Walker, Communications Manager, 509.625.6765

Wednesday, March 6, 2024 at 4:14 p.m.

Spokane Mayor Lisa Brown visited the Spokane Convention Center in January to learn about Homeless Connect, an annual event that is a one-stop shop of essential services for community members in need. The event provides services from food, clothing and housing to counseling, medical and identification needs.

“The philosophy really is to give people dignity and respect,” said Kari Stevens, one of the event’s organizers. “And to help them access as many services, in one day, as possible, eliminating every barrier they might have.

“I am always left in awe after this event. Every year I witness what our community can do when it comes together. My favorite stat from the exit surveys is that 99.9% of all guests felt treated with dignity and respect. That is our biggest priority and something the planning committee takes very seriously.“

Here are some of the 2024 highlights:

  • 1,500 guests
  • 118 volunteers
  • 116 registered vendors
  • 103 warrants quashed
  • 263 haircuts
  • 120 pets served
  • 18 pallets of food and supplies given away

View the complete list of highlights and quotes.

The City is proud to be a sponsor of Homeless Connect.

The 2025 Homeless Connect will be Thursday, Jan. 23, at the Spokane Convention Center from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Watch the video above, or visit Ending Homelessness or to learn more.

If you were not a part of the event Connect in 2024 and would like to be in 2025, submit your name for registration announcements.

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