The Need

As a Greater Spokane-area private non-profit, SNAP serves nearly 50,000 low-income residents each year by providing resources and education through programs meant to transition people from crisis to self-sufficiency. Tumultuous times have made SNAP services more important than ever. SNAP has seen a consistent increase in client requests, while at the same time budget shortfalls and belt-tightening at local, state and federal levels have cut funding for key programs. The Creating Opportunities Building Community Capital Campaign will raise $3.5 million – of which we are coming to the community for $1.8 million – to purchase and repurpose the Dominican Center. The Fort Wright corridor skirts one of Spokane’s highest-need neighborhoods, yet is home to a rich blend of educational and cultural institutions, small businesses and community organizations.

The SNAP Solution

The Creating Opportunities Building Community campaign will allow SNAP to:

  • Realize efficiencies by reducing SNAP’s annual operating cost by more than $111,000 while building partnerships that better meet client needs now and into the future.
  • Further SNAP’s job creation and collaboration efforts through small business development and lending classes, onsite building-performance training, and career-path development with the Transitions New Leaf Bakery Cafe Job Training Program.
  • Empower clients to self-sufficiency through expanded education and training at a centralized facility.
  • Acquire a flexible well-situated location with room to accommodate future mission-compatible partnerships and development.
  • Provide a stable and responsive social safety net in the Spokane region that so many have, and will continue to, benefit from.