Tom’s Turkey Drive Virtual Resource Fair

Happy Thanksgiving! We hope you are able to celebrate the holiday with friends and family (and cook a delicious meal using ingredients from Tom’s Turkey Drive!). This year, we have taken our resource fair virtual to connect families in need of assistance with local organizations. If you have questions about a specific service, please call or email the contact information listed for that organization.

 

Eastern Washington 211

Eastern Washington 211 is a free three-digit telephone number reserved for information about health and human services. Callers are connected to a trained Information and Referral Specialist who can link them to appropriate resources in Spokane, Ferry, Pend Oreille and Stevens counties.

211 provides a single point of access for information about Basic Food applications, health and wellness support, utility/energy assistance, veteran services, legal resources, disaster and crisis support, transportation, free tax preparation, and veterinarian services.

For more information, contact Rachell Stenson at rstenson@fbhwa.org or (509) 570-8788.

Washington State 211 Resources

Better Health Together

To radically improve the health of the region.

An integrated community health system, accountable to improving health through delivering quality whole-person care and addressing health inequities.

BHT’s Healthy Kids Together (HKT) program: supports families and individuals in their search for health insurance. If you live in Adams, Ferry, Lincoln, Pend Oreille, Stevens, Spokane, or Whitman county and make less than $6,800 a month, we can help!

Washington Apple Health offers free and low-cost health insurance for children and teens up to age 19 through CHIP. Children in families of four earning up to $6,800 a month may qualify. Apple Health coverage includes check-ups, immunizations, doctor visits, dentist visits, hospital care, mental health services, prescriptions, and more.

Our goal is to empower parents to find health insurance that is most cost-effective for their families’ needs. We have a team of parent mentors to work with parents and barriers to getting healthcare. Parent mentors help families sign up for health coverage and know how to use their healthcare benefits too.

The Navigator Network: launched in 2013 with the audacious goal of enrolling 10,000 participants in qualified healthcare plans. Within the first two years, the Network dramatically exceeded this number, enrolling more than 100,000 participants. Because of this work, more than 95% of our Eastern Washington region now has insurance coverage.

We serve residents living in Adams, Ferry, Lincoln, Pend Oreille, Spokane, Stevens and Whitman counties. Our network is comprised of approximately 120 Navigators across 20 organizations in Eastern Washington.

We have been able to reach different population segments such as un/underinsured people, people experiencing homelessness, and the region’s diverse racial/ethnic populations.

For more information, contact Virginia Matheny at virginia@betterhealthtogether.org or (509) 381-5568.

Better Health Together Website

Better Health Together – Navigators

Healthy Kids Together Program

CAPA/Prepares

A critical advocacy program, CAPA/Prepares supports families by focusing on parents.

We believe that all parents are capable parents, but some do not have the support or resources to fill the role or believe they can be a good parent.

CAPA/Prepares advocates for and empowers parents to build secure bonds with their children and provides the necessary tools for parents to be successful. With the help of CAPA services, parents have the ability to disrupt negative cycles and build healthy, prosperous lives for themselves and their children.

For more information, contact CAPA/Prepares at sarah.durrant@cceasternwa.org or (509) 358-4258

Website for all services

Catholic Charities Eastern Washington

Catholic Charities affirms the dignity of every person, partnering with parishes and the GREATER COMMUNITY to serve and advocate for those who are vulnerable, bringing STABILITY and HOPE to people throughout
Eastern Washington.

For more information, contact the front desk at info@cceasternwa.org or (509) 358-4250.

Website for all services

Community-Minded Enterprises

Community-Minded Enterprises transforms communities in Washington State while advancing diversity and inclusion of marginalized populations so that all people have an opportunity for equitable health, education, and safety.

For more information, contact Jill Johnson at JillJ@Community-Minded.org or (509) 822-8040.

Website for all services

Resource
Coordinated Care

Coordinated Care’s mission is to transform the community, one person at a time. Coordinated Care provides health insurance coverage across Washington with Apple Health (Medicaid), Ambetter from Coordinated Care (Exchange), Wellcare (Medicare Advantage), and as the sole plan for children and youth in foster care.

For more information, contact Coordinated Care Customer Service at www.coordinatedcarehealth.com or (877) 644-4613.

Coordinated Care Harvest Bucks – food benefit for Apple Health members

Marketplace (Exchange) QHP Offering: Ambetter from Coordinated Care

Coordinated Care Telehealth Benefits

DSHS – Washington Connection

Our unified goal is to reduce the number of individuals and families living in poverty (below 200 percent of the federal poverty level) by 50 percent by 2025 in a way that eliminates disparities.

Our vision is a Washington without poverty and injustice.

We accomplish our mission through the 2021-23 Strategic Plan.

For more information, contact Francesca Naccarato at naccaft@dshs.wa.gov or (509) 406-6705.

Application for social service benefits and information on additional resources.

DSHS Website

Dollar For

Dollar For is a national nonprofit that crushes medical bills by empowering patients and advocating on their behalf.

The Affordable Care Act requires nonprofit hospitals to offer charity care programs to keep their tax-exempt status. These financial assistance programs reduce or eliminate medical bills for low-to-middle income patients. Unfortunately, these programs are unknown and hard to access.

Dollar For makes charity care known, easy, and fair.

For more information, contact Elise Goldstein at support@dollarfor.org or (503) 553-3059.

Application for social service benefits and information on additional resources.

Find out if you qualify today DSHS Website

Dollar For
Family Caregiver Support Program

At the Caregiver Support Program our goal is to assist unpaid caregivers in reducing their stress and to help keep loved ones healthy, safe, and at home.
Contact us to enroll and access free and low-cost supports including:
• Respite and In-Home Care
• Counseling & Support Groups
• Medical Supplies
• Home Delivered Meals
A program of Frontier Behavioral Health.
Funded by Aging & Long Term Care of Eastern Washington.

For more information, contact Jenelle Foster, Customer Service Representative at caregiversupport@FBHWA.org or (509) 458-7450 option 2.

Caregiver Resources

Caregiver Support in WA

Caregiver Support Program

Frontier Behavioral Health

Frontier Behavioral Health provides mental healthcare services to individuals of all ages in collaboration with community partners.

We prioritize our services for individuals and families who are at high risk, high need or publicly funded.

More information and services

Website

Frontier Behavioral Health
Goodwill Industries of the Inland Northwest

We help people build independence through job training and employment, housing support, and financial stability services. Our programs offer rapid re-housing and case management services, digital skills training, skills assessment, resume development, and more. Serving eastern Washington and north Idaho.

For more information, contact Workforce and Family Services Reception at Programhelp@giin.org or (509) 462-0513.

Program Services & Contact Form

Kinship Care

The Kinship Navigator and Kinship Caregiver Support Program is located at Frontier Behavioral Health in Spokane, WA.
Our program assists relatives raising their relative’s children.

We can help with the following:
The Kinship Navigator (KN) provides specialized information, assistance and referrals for kinship caregivers to local community resources and services.
The Kinship Caregiver Support Program (KCSP)* provides limited financial assistance to relatives raising a relative’s child under the age of 18 (grandchild, sibling, niece, nephew, cousin, etc.)

The services can range from:
• Vouchers for food, clothing, gas, household and children’s hygiene items
• Sports and youth activities registration and fees
• One time help with rent or utilities to prevent eviction or shut off
• Housekeeping assistance

*Must meet program eligibility requirements.
Please contact the Kinship Navigator/Kinship Caregiver Support Program

For more information, contact Deborah Edwards, Kinship Navigator at dedwards2@fbhwa.org or (509) 458-7450 option 4.

Kinship Navigator

Kinship Care

The Kitchen at Second Harvest

The Kitchen is a program at Second Harvest that aims to empower families to reduce or eliminate the foods that contribute to obesity and nutrition-related health conditions. Children and adults learn to make healthy yet economical food choices, helping them move out of poverty.

In The Kitchen, we’re giving people the tools to take their health into their own hands. We’re taking our mission to fight hunger a step further and investing in long-term health through nutrition education and hands-on cooking lessons.

For more information, contact info@2-harvest.org or (509) 534-6678.

Tom’s Turkey Drive Recipes

All Recipes

Priority Footwear

Comfort, Care and Compassion is our mission statement when serving all of your diabetic footwear needs! We are here to provide education and to participate in a program that helps save limbs and lives!

For more information, contact Phyllis Patterson at ppatterson@priorityfootwear.com or (509) 838-2325.

Description of Services and Locations

Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.

For more information, contact Cheryl Thompson at cheryl.ward-thompson@usw.salvationarmy.org or (509) 325-6810.

Information Website

The Salvation Army
Spokane Neighborhood Action Partners (SNAP)

SNAP (Spokane Neighborhood Action Partners) is the local and regional advocate for the most vulnerable people living within our community. With a dedicated board of directors, staff and volunteers, SNAP diligently searches for long-term solutions to eliminate poverty.

SNAP is currently conducting research in the digital divide that is found in Spokane County and needs your help.

WHAT IS THE DIGITAL DIVIDE?
This term refers to the gap between people at different socio-economic levels regarding their opportunities to access Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) and to their use of the Internet.

WHAT IS “DIGITAL INCLUSION”?
Steps needed to ensure that all people, including the most disadvantaged, can access and use Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs).

WHAT IS “DIGITAL EQUITY”?
All people have access to any and all information technology needed to fully participate in our society, democracy, and economy. Digital Equity is required for full civic and cultural participation, employment, lifelong learning, and access to essential services.

All of this impacts SNAP’s ability to serve people equitably. The pandemic changed things. Now, online access is critical for accessing education and classes, working remotely, socializing with friends, getting/attending medical or financial appointments, or accessing services and resources.

We also recognize not everybody has equal access to technology to make these routes effective. That’s why we are reaching out to our community: So we can gain extra data that we can use as considerations when moving programs online and help bridge the digital divide within our work!

Are you Interested in helping us?

For more information, contact The Communications Team at communications@snapwa.org or (509) 456-7627.

SNAP Energy Assistance

SNAP Rental & Mortgage Assistance

SNAP Weatherization / Repairs

Digital Divide Survey

Spokane County Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Program

It is the mission of the SCBA VLP to connect low-income residents, who may otherwise be denied adequate representation, to pro bono legal services provided by VLP volunteers.

For more information, contact Zach McGarry at jvc1@spokanebar.org or (509) 477-6123.

VLP Client Application Form

Spokane Fire Department

Spokane Fire Department enhances your quality of life, always earning your trust, by saving lives, preventing harm, and protecting property with compassion and integrity.

For more information, contact Jamie McIntyre at jmcintyre@spokanefire.org or (509) 625-7000.

SFD’s Free Smoke Alarm Install Program

Thanksgiving Day is the #1 day for cooking fires.

The Spokesman Review Christmas Bureau

The Christmas Bureau provides holiday assistance to individuals and families in need throughout the Greater Spokane area. Clients receive a grocery voucher redeemable at participating grocery stores, and families with children receive toys and books.

The Christmas Bureau is an annual holiday assistance program coordinated by Catholic Charities Eastern Washington, Volunteers of America, and the Spokesman-Review. The program is made possible by generous monetary funds and volunteer hours donated by community members and organizations.

For more information, contact Heidi Meany at heidi.meany@cceasternwa.org or (509) 459-6170.

Christmas Bureau Spokane Program Information

Spokane Transit

Modern Fares for a Modern Transit System

Spokane Transit is considering a modernized fare collection system that offers online fare management tools and contactless payment tools, such as mobile devices and smart cards!

A new draft fare policy is designed to make the fare payment process easier, more convenient and accessible, and address fare inequalities, and reduce financial barriers to transit. If the STA Board of Directors adopts the new fare policy in 2022, it will go into effect later in the year.

We want to hear from you! Public feedback is a vital part of creating a draft fare policy, and this is your chance to give input.

Please follow the link to learn more and take our FARE POLICY SURVEY to share your opinion!

For more information, contact Mike Tresidder at mtresidder@spokanetransit.com or (509) 343-1694.

Learn more about STA’s draft Fare Policy and give your input!

United HealthCare

There’s a lot to learn about Medicare. We’re here to help you understand the Medicare basics, your different coverage options, enrollment and more. Through helpful resources and tools, discover the information you need to make confident Medicare decisions. We are currently in the Medicare Annual Enrollment Period, To understand why Medicare annual enrollment matters, think about this question: How has my health, lifestyle or budget changed since I picked my current Medicare plan? A change in any one of these areas could mean that your plan no longer meets your needs. The Annual Enrollment Period is when you can change your plan if you decide to.

There’s another reason that annual enrollment matters. Insurance companies review and adjust their plans annually. They change benefits or costs to better serve their members – and to compete for your business. Your own plan may look different next year than it does today. Coverage or cost changes could bring unwelcome surprises if you allow your plan to renew without reviewing it.

Medicare created the Annual Enrollment Period so you can get the coverage that’s right for you going forward. New Medicare plans are introduced every year. There may be a plan out there now that fits your needs better than the one you currently have. It pays to be sure.

If you prefer working with a local agent who knows the market click on one of the links below to make an appointment with someone in your area in person or over the phone.

UnitedHealthcare Agent – Tony Kiepe

UnitedHealthcare Agent – William Mackey

UnitedHealthcare Website

Vanessa Behan

Vanessa Behan’s vision is to provide immediate refuge for children and support to strengthen families. This evolved from the tragic story of Vanessa Kay Behan, a Spokane girl who died from child abuse injuries at the age of two. Following her death, a group of local business people established our organization so that parents would have a safe place to bring their children! We understand that parenting is a difficult job, and we want to help. Vanessa Behan is a safe, confidential place for anyone who needs a helping hand. Remember, Vanessa Behan is open 24-hours a day, 7 days a week on our childcare side. Call us ANYTIME, for ANY reason! We also help families with diapers, wipes, formula, and more when and if we can on our business side! Business side hours are Monday-Friday from 8:30 am-4:30 pm.

For more information, contact Brianna Donnally at hope@vanessabehan.org or (509) 535-3155.

Vanessa Behan Website

Washington State Division of Child Support – Alternative Solutions Program

Transforming lives by…
Making families and communities stronger by connecting people to resources and partners.

To find out if you qualify for the Working Families Tax Credit follow the link bellow.

For more information, contact Ashley Joslyn at Ashley.Joslyn@dshs.wa.gov or (360) 664-5028.

Alternative Solutions Program Brochure

Alternative Solutions Program Facebook Page

Working Families Tax Credit

Washington State University Spokane County Extension Food Sense/SNAP-Ed

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program-Education (SNAP-Ed) or Food Sense works with SNAP eligible or people receiving SNAP to give them the tools to lead healthy, active lives. SNAP-Ed teaches people how to make their SNAP dollars stretch, how to shop for and cook healthy meals, and how to stay physically active.

SNAP-Ed or Food Sense works with community partners to reach youth and adults that are eligible participants through schools, community centers, community events and other locations.

For more information, contact Lori van Anrooy at lvananrooy@spokanecounty.org or (509) 991-4931.

Follow us on Facebook for physical activity ideas, nutrition information and recipes.

Food$ense/SNAP-Ed Information

YWCA Spokane

Each year, YWCA Spokane serves approximately 17,000 women, men, children, and families who are impacted by intimate partner domestic violence, homelessness, and unemployment through our free, trauma-informed, confidential programs and services.

For more information, contact YWCA Spokane at help@ywcaspokane.org or (509) 326-1190.

YWCA Spokane Website

Current Available Services

Feeding Eastern Washington and North Idaho
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