Health and Help Bulletin – November 2013

A guide to educational presentations, community programs, health and wellness events and volunteer opportunities throughout the Inland Northwest. For ongoing Health and Help listings, go to the “Search Sentinel” tab in the left-hand corner of the home page and type in “Community Cupboard.”

Holiday wish list

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With Christmas just around the corner, local nonprofit agencies are asking the community to help brighten the holidays for less fortunate individuals and families. The Eastern Washington/North Idaho branch of Volunteers of America has included a holiday wish list on its website as well as other volunteer opportunities such as wrapping donated gifts (two-hour shifts), contributing a dish to a holiday meal or donating items such as wrapping paper, Scotch tape and gift tags.  (Above, Wes Mortensen (left) and Dave Tester of the Evergreen Ward in the Spokane East Stake smile through a snowstorm as they haul gifts for a holiday distribution at the Spokane Valley Partners Community Center in 2008.)

Community Thanksgiving table

Do you or someone you know need some extra support this Thanksgiving? A number of local churches and community centers throughout the Spokane/North Idaho area are sponsoring dinners and events to help. On Tuesday, Nov. 26, the Salvation Army will sponsor a Thanksgiving food distribution at the Spokane Arena, 720 W. Mallon, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Items include frozen turkeys and all the fixings. Proof of residence and photo I.D. are required. On Wednesday, Nov. 27, Union Gospel Mission will host a Thanksgiving meal at the Spokane Convention Center, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd., from 4 to 6 p.m. Spokane Valley Partners Community Center, 10814 E. Broadway, will be distributing Thanksgiving food baskets this month. Sign-ups are Wednesdays and Thursdays. For more information, call 509-927-1153. Complimentary meals on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 28, include: Cataldo Hall on the campus of Gonzaga University, 402 E. Boone – noon to 2 p.m.; Lake City Center, 1916 Lakewood Drive, Coeur d’Alene – noon to 2 p.m.; Central United Methodist Church, 518 W. Third, Spokane – 1 to 3 p.m.; KYMS and Christian Coalition, Fedora Restaurant, 1726 W. Kathleen Ave., Coeur d’Alene – 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; St. George’s Catholic Church, 2010 N. Lucas, Post Falls – 2 to 4 p.m. For more Thanksgiving resources and information on other assistance in Spokane, Ferry, Pend Oreille and Stevens counties, call 2-1-1.

National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week

As the winter chill settles in and local food banks and clothing banks continue to request help from the community, the Spokane area will observe National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, Nov. 18-25. On Monday, Nov. 18, a proclamation for the week will be read at Spokane City Hall, 808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd., at 6 p.m. On Wednesday, the annual community dinner, “Food for Thought” will take place at House of Charity, 32 W. Pacific in downtown Spokane. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. with the dinner at 5. A winter clothing collection drive will be held on Friday, Nov. 22, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at First Covenant Church, 212 S. Division.   Winter wear needed includes new and gently used coats, gloves, scarves, winter boots, socks, hand warmers and plastic ponchos. Other items include new shampoo, deodorant, toilet paper, toothpaste, tooth brushes, soap, cleaning supplies and dog food. A memorial service will take place next month in honor of all those who have passed away over the past year from the effects of hunger and homelessness. The service will be held at the Denny Murphy CHAS clinic, 1002 W. Second Ave. on Friday, Dec. 20 at 10:30 a.m. To find out more about Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week and how your ward or stake can help, call Hope House at 509-455-2886.

The Mormon Channel

Tune into the Mormon Channel –  for gospel-oriented programs, interviews, music and more. The channel is recognized as the official radio station of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and can be accessed through live Internet streaming, podcasts, mobile phones and some HD radio stations.

LDS employment workshop

The Spokane LDS Employment Office will host a two-day career workshop, Nov. 19-20. The free seminar runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to bring a lunch. LDS Employment Resource Services is located at 200 N. Mullan, Suite 220, in Spokane Valley. The schedule of upcoming events includes another career workshop, Dec. 3-4, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on both days. To learn more, call 509-928-2534 or visit

BYU-Idaho Pathway program

The BYU-Idaho Pathway program is an introduction to college for youth 18-20 living at home. Students can take online courses for half the cost of traditional college credits. Applicants must complete a one-page form. There are no application fees, SAT/ACT requirements or book costs. Online classes include weekly support and coaching.  To learn more about the program and how to apply, call Elder and Sister Thomas, Institute/Pathway missionaries at 509-368-1669 or Elder and Sister Durtschi at 509-927-8409.


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