Shelter feeds and houses Spokane’s homeless youth

Each year, 500 teens turn to Crosswalk for a warm meal, a hot shower and refuge from the streets. For more than 32 years, the emergency youth shelter has provided life-saving and life-changing programs to address youth homelessness in Spokane.

“Crosswalk is a place of hope, strength and safety for young people who would otherwise have no other place to go,” said Fawn Schoyy, President and CEO of Volunteers of America (VOA), Eastern Washington & North Idaho, which oversees Crosswalk.

In 2017, VOA established an endowment fund at Innovia Foundation with $55,000 of an estate gift left by Crosswalk donor Blanche Ohnemus. The fund will provide long-term financial stability for Crosswalk and help keep the shelter doors open for teens in the years to come.

“By creating this fund, we could honor that generous gift while also building financial sustainability for the agency,” Fawn said. “It allowed us to be good stewards of community dollars.”

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