This is the Crosswalk crew. From left to right: Gary, Bob, Karen, Jane, Diane, Carol and Sophia. This crew cooked and served a nutritious, scratch-made meal to teens (13-17) that are being served by VOA’s Crosswalk. The teenagers seeking emergency shelter and educational assistance at Crosswalk face many life challenges, huge issues that complicate their lives. Some of the issues facing these young people are
- family conflict
- lack of education
- substance abuse
- mental health issues
- high risk for depression and suicide
- sexual abuse or rape
- parental substance abuse
Unity has been providing one dinner a month at Crosswalk for over 25 years. This compassionate outreach was started by Harriet Jacobson, who experienced the pangs of hunger when she was young girl. Driven by her own experiences, Harriet was drawn to provide nourishing meals for kids, and she brought Unity together with Crosswalk to accomplish this mission.
Harriet began a Buck-A-Month club, that continues to this day, for our Unity congregants. Members donate money to the cause and food is purchased for yummy and delicious meals. Diane, pictured above, is Harriet’s daughter and she continues organizing this compassionate outreach in our community.
If you feel called to serve our Spokane community by helping with our Crosswalk dinners, send us a email and let us know. We serve on the 4th Friday of every month and would love to have you!