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Dear Friends,

Looking in my rear view mirror, I see the Labor Day holiday celebration and the school busses back on our streets. Our high school and college grads have entered new phases of their lives while our citizens are preparing for a changing season that’s just around the corner.

In spite of taking a breath to reflect, I cannot put aside the struggle of some of our citizens who lack the financial resources to provide food for themselves (and their families). I am also reminded of a recent survey (www.schd.org) that concluded: “In most cases, to be homeless in America is not a sign of laziness or incapacity, but an indicator of people who struggle immensely, both physically and emotionally, to survive against the odds.”

The people who know Shalom are aware that hunger is a symptom that can strike quickly when resources are lacking that can create insecurity, impaired health and community exclusion.

This year, we expect to serve over 53,000 meals. That’s an increase of 15.2 % over the last two years alone. As the demand for nutritious meals continues to mount, we are fully committed to staying the course. But, without the support of our volunteers and the needed financial assistance, our ability to meet this demand will be extremely challenging.

If you are able, will you consider making a monetary gift? Finally, please remember this ministry in your prayers so that together, we can make Spokane a better place as we set a table for our guests at Dining with Dignity!

Have a blessed Fall season,

Tim Swartout, Executive Director

Board of Directors

Tim Swartout

Executive Director since 2014
Affiliation: Moran United Methodist Church
Joined Board: 1994

Deidre Jacobson

Affiliation: St. Mark’s Lutheran Church
Joined Board: 2014
Bio: Deidre, the owner and operator of DCJ Training and Assessment, came to Shalom through the Social Ministry Committee of St. Mark’s. She formerly served on the board of The Fig Tree and as the Development Coordinator for SPEAR.

Rev. Barbara Caviezel

Affiliation: Retired United Methodist Pastor
Joined Board: 2013
Bio: Barbara will retire in July; as a UM Pastor, she served churches in Mead, Rocklyn, Harrington, and Moran. Married to Dave, with 3 adult children and 4 grandchildren, she was a Special Ed instructor promoting classroom integration.

Rev. Dale L. Cockrum

Affiliation: Audubon Park United Methodist Church
Joined Board: 2014
Bio: Dale is a retired pastor, now at Audubon Park United Methodist Church as the Congregational Care Pastor. Married to JoAnna, he served UM churches in Reardan, Walla Walla, Vancouver, Olympia and as the Inland District Superintendent.

Kathy Barrick

Affiliation: Audubon Park United Methodist Church
Joined Board: 2016
Bio: Kathy has been involved at Shalom since 2001. She retired as an area manager with Bell Telephone and as a United Methodist pastor. She has served on the boards of Deaconess Hospital and Kairos Outside Prison Ministries.

David Custer

Joined Board: 2013
Bio: Born in Sandpoint, David got involved in Shalom in 2009 and has served on the line, as a prep cook and on the Core Team. Caring and outgoing, he enjoys swimming, theater, travel, camping, and volunteer work with the AIDS Network