Hope for the Holidays 2018

Categories: Community, Donations, Get Involved

This holiday season is our 3rd annual Hope for the Holidays campaign!

YWCA Spokane is excited to provide our community with an opportunity to engage with this year’s adopt-a-family holiday wish-list program called Hope For The Holidays.  Thank you for helping to celebrate the spirit of giving by sponsoring a family and making this season a little brighter for those we serve who are impacted by domestic violence, homelessness, and unemployment.

This year, to accommodate the many different needs of families through our varied programs, each department will be holding their own drive. Sample wish-lists and department information is provided below.  Take a moment to review the many joyous ways you or your organization can make a difference.  Please contact the program of interest with any questions or to adopt your family this holiday season. Please deliver all gifts to YWCA Spokane (930 N Monroe) by December 10.

On behalf of our team at YWCA Spokane and those we serve, thank you so much for your support! 


Domestic Violence Safe Housing & Shelter

Department Contact: Melanie Wilson – 863-2882 | melaniew@ywcaspokane.org

Consider adopting a family staying at YWCA Spokane’s domestic violence safe shelter. Due to the transitional nature of our safe shelter, we have created some sample wish-lists to ensure we can accommodate the many different types of families that will be staying at our shelter. There will be many single women with us, mothers with their children, and families with beloved pets. We have provided options for adopting this year, so you can find the one that speaks to your heart.

Gift A Hope Chest To A Family Transitioning Out Of Our Shelter:  Consider gifting a “hope chest”!  Women in our shelter have fled their homes because of abuse, often times at a moment’s notice. Because of this, they have had to leave behind most, if not all of their belongings. Without the resources to replace these much-needed items, moving into a new house or apartment can be daunting.  Giving a family who is fleeing domestic violence a “hope chest,” or, gifts of home basics will make the transition from our safe shelter much easier and provide comfort as they journey towards a fresh start. Wish-lists for “toy chests” and “pet beds” have also been created. Give gifts this season to help the whole family transition into their new home. Baskets or chests are not needed to give hope chests this holiday season. 

Adopt A Family New To Our Safe Shelter: The holiday season can often be a very stressful time of year. Many new women, children, and pets who are fleeing abusive relationships will be staying at our shelter through the winter.  We have created a list of 12 family wish-list options for your consideration that will meet the needs of those we serve this holiday. If you would like to adopt one of these family options, please reach out to Melanie. She will assist you in finding a good fit for your group or organization.

Printable shelter Wish-list 

Please snap a photo with you and your gifts! We would love to share your wonderful donations with our YWCA Spokane community.

All gifts are deeply appreciated! Please donate all gifts unwrapped by December 10.

Once you have contacted Melanie Wilson to donate, please fill out one of our donor forms to confirm donor information,  delivery dates, and acknowledgment information. This can be turned in over email or in person.

Printable Donor Form 
Thank you for your generous support of our programs!

About the Domestic Violence Safe Housing and Shelter

The Safe Shelter manages the helpline and it is staffed 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Counselors assist over 3,000 individuals who call with safety planning, counseling, referrals for other services and general information about domestic violence each year.

Our mission is to ensure the safety of survivors of intimate partner violence by providing safe shelter, counseling, case management, education, and basic necessities like food, clothing, personal care items, and transportation.

You and your children may need a temporary safe place away from your partner’s emotional abuse or violence. For many survivors, the shelter is a place to rest, sort out feelings, decide what is next, and get information and support to make changes.

We have a confidential safe shelter within the Spokane city limits as well as in the Spokane Valley. Learn more about our shelter.

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ECEAP

Department Contact: Shannon Griffiths – 509-789-9294 | shannong@ywcaspokane.org

This holiday season, we will be giving to 40 families from ECEAP programs all around Spokane! Each family is looking to have their wish list adopted. We will be updating our website with available families as their wish-lists are submitted. To adopt a family this year, please contact Shannon Griffiths. This will be on a first come, first serve basis.

ECEAP is still working with families to determine what gifts will be needed this year for Hope for the Holidays, so more wish-lists will be coming soon! For now, please see the wish-list below. Please check in with the program directly if you have any questions at this time.

Printable ECEAP Wish-list 

Please snap a photo with you and your gifts! We would love to share your wonderful donations with our YWCA Spokane community.

All gifts are deeply appreciated! Please donate all gifts unwrapped by December 10.

Once you have contacted Shannon Griffiths to donate, please fill out one of our donor forms to confirm donor information,  delivery dates, and acknowledgment information. This can be turned in over email or in person.

Printable Donor Form 

Thank you for your generous support of our programs!

About ECEAP

The Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP, pronounced “e-cap”) is Washington’s pre-k program serving eligible 3 and 4-year-old children and their families. ECEAP provides children in 36 counties with education, health services, family support, and parent engagement. ECEAP addresses the needs of the whole child to ensure that gains are sustained.

ECEAP is a FREE preschool that promotes long-term success with school and life. ECEAP provides preschool education, family support, and health and nutrition services. Learn more about YWCA ECEAP.

Compared to similar children who do not attend, children in programs like ECEAP are: healthier when they start kindergarten; are more likely to graduate from high school and go onto college; are more likely to be employed and to earn more as an adult; are less likely to be in special education or repeat a grade in school; and are less likely to become pregnant as a teen or become involved in a crime. (data from Washington State Department of Early Education)

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Women’s Opportunity Center

Department Contact: Chris Cross – 789-9299 | chrisc@ywcaspokane.org

Please take a moment to consider adopting a single woman or a family working towards a more secure and meaningful life for themselves and their children.

Due to the nature of our programs, with new women starting with us and other women completing activities, we will not know who will be enrolled this winter. However, we do know that we will be full of families grateful for the holiday support you bring!

A variety of suggested wish-list items have been created so you can find a list that speaks to your heart. Like our Shelter, the Women’s Opportunity Center is asking for Hope Chests to help households during times of transition. These families often have left everything behind at a moments notice. We are also asking for Toy Chests for kiddos of women in our programs. If you would like to “adopt a family,” we have also provided scenarios of families we see often in our programs. If you would like to empower a woman to buy her own gifts for her family, consider giving a gift-card! A gift-card allows her to go shopping and experience the joy of picking out items for her children. In addition, this can allow families to make their own special holiday meal. Whether giving the gift of a hope chest or directly to a “family wish-list,” we deeply appreciate your support this holiday season! Thank you for helping these families establish a new life this holiday season!

Printable WOC Wish-list 

Please snap a photo with you and your gifts! We would love to share your wonderful donations with our YWCA Spokane community. 

All gifts are deeply appreciated! Please donate all gifts unwrapped by December 10.

Once you have contacted Chris Cross to donate, please fill out one of our donor forms to confirm donor information,  delivery dates, and acknowledgment information. This can be turned in over email or in person.

Printable Donor Form 

Thank you for your generous support of our programs!

About the Women’s Opportunity Center

YWCA Spokane’s Women’s Opportunity Center features multiple programs to help women achieve their goals in many different capacities. Programs include:

  • Women to Work: This program provides a safe, friendly atmosphere for women to develop their technical skills, network with employers, receive one-on-one guidance, and develop their resume and job portfolio. Learn more.
  • Essentials: This 12-week intensive program provides women with a safe cohort atmosphere that is designed to prepare participants to be successful with educational goals, seeking work, and sustaining employment. Learn more. 
  • Our Sister’s Closet: OSC helps 1100 women a year prepare for their life and career goals by providing confidence through clothing and other necessities in one-on-one appointments in our donation based clothing boutique. Our Sister’s Closet also helps approximately 600 women a year through open store events, where they are able to freely shop the store for their particular clothing and necessity needs.

Learn more about services in YWCA Spokane’s Women’s Opportunity Center.

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