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St. Margaret’s Shelter gives housing and help.

January 18, 2011

St. Margaret’s Shelter is a program of the Catholic Charities of Spokane. They provide emergency and transitional housing for women and children.

“St. Margaret’s Shelter originally opened in 1961 for homeless and destitute women. Today, St. Margaret’s is an emergency and transitional shelter for homeless women and their children. It provides housing, case management, parenting classes,¬†and life skills training to homeless women. St. Margaret’s also provides emergency shelter to mothers with high-risk newborns,” according to their website.

Van stone explained that within the umbrella of the shelter, St. Margaret’s provides many services including:

  • Emergency shelter for women and children (boys under age 12).
  • Transitional housing for women and children (boys under age 12).
  • Free furniture and household items to homeless households through a partnership with several other community agencies.
  • Fresh, local produce in season for low-income households through Community-Supported Agriculture boxes.

St. Margaret’s Shelter provides emergancy and transitional housing for women and children

Though St. Margaret’s focuses on housing they also have a community garden, said Director Nadine Van Stone. The garden started when a husband and wife duo bought a small farm in Vinegar Flats. They where both teacher at Gonzaga University and where not farmers. Thus they donated the space to St. Margaret’s as a means of growing food for the shelter.

Now the garden provides enough food for the shelter’s residents and excess to be sold at the local framer’s markets. The garden gives consistent access to low-priced, yet high-quality produce for a majority of the year.

Volunteer Info:

Contact St. Margaret’s Shelter (509) 624-9788, and ask for Jody Nelson, who is the volunteer coordinator OR

fill out a Volunteer Application. Indicate St. Margaret’s Shelter when it asks about where you would like to volunteer. This application works for all programs through the Catholic Charities of Spokane.



101 East Hartson Avenue, Spokane, WA

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