Homeless Outreach is a program at Gonzaga that strives to provide opportunities for students that would like to aid the Spokane community in dignifying, uplifting, de-marginalizing, and connecting with the homeless population. This mission is not effectively pursued by donating goods and time at institutions that provide services to the homeless, but with conscious, humble, selfless interactions that work to humanize and honor the homeless population as equal members of the human community. This program seeks to raise awareness about what it means to be homeless and how every person can help without creating a stigma of shame.
To achieve this mission, Homeless Outreach provides 2 unique opportunities for students to volunteer:
1. St. Margaret's Saturdays - on Saturday mornings from 10am - 12pm each semester, students collaborate with the women of St. Margaret's shelter in crafting, cooking, book club reading, childcare, and community building.
2. Streetwise Ministries - on Sunday afternoons from 2pm - 4pm, students join Streetwise for their Sunday meal to stand in solidarity with men and women who are homeless or live in poverty in downtown Spokane. In the fall, football fans from GU join with football fans from the street to enjoy NFL games. In the spring the group continues to meet and join in conversation and community.
Applications to volunteer with Homeless Outreach are available HERE and will be accepted on a rolling basis until all slots are filled.
For more information about this program, contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org or 509-313-6824.