Mission

Our Mission

Transitions works to end poverty and homelessness for women and children in Spokane.

We pursue this mission through the operation of Women’s Hearth, Transitional Living Center, EduCare, Miryam’s House, New Leaf Kitchen & Café, and Home Yard Cottages.

Provide Change not Band-aids

Did you know 70% of people living in poverty in the United States are women and children? In Spokane, nearly 30% of female-headed households live in poverty. Let’s change those statistics today.

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Our Four Key Values

Respect for Human Dignity

We believe in the dignity and inherent worth of individuals and respect their right to self-determination.

Community

We believe that the fullness of each person is realized in relationship with others.

Growth & Wholeness

We believe each individual is a work in progress on a journey toward integration of mind, body and spirit, with the hope of financial stability, emotional, physical and spiritual peace.

Justice

We believe in advocating for what is right, honest and moral both for whom we serve and with whom we serve.

Governance

Transitions is led by two boards comprised of community volunteers. The first, the Board of Members, consists of one representative from each of the four Catholic Sister communities that sponsor Transitions.

Current Board of Members

Celeste Crine, Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia

Mary Rathert, Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa

Barbara Schamber, Sisters of Providence

Mary Slater, Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary

Transitions is a 501 (c) (3) organization registered with the state of Washington (UBI 601435721). Our tax ID number is 91-1307272.

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Current Board of Directors

Heather Brandt – Chair

Nicolle Laporte – Vice Chair

Gretchen Renz – Secretary

Debbie Jennison – Treasurer

Deborah Brooks – Emeritus

Terrie Ashby-Scott

David Carlson

Gary Jespersen

Sheila Leslie

Genevieve Mann Morris

Ana Matthews

Sr. Pat Millen, OSF

Judith Nilles, OP

Kurtis Robinson

Annette Seubert, SP

Lindsey Skinfill

Sr. Mary Tracy, SNJM

Erin Williams Hueter

Sarah Lickfold, Executive Director of Transitions

Join Our Board!

Interested in joining our Board?  Please navigate to our contact page and we would be happy to discuss this amazing service opportunity.

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