House of Charity
A Program of Catholic Charities Spokane
32 W. Pacific Avenue Spokane, WA 99201 PO Box 2253
Spokane, WA 99201
(509) 624-7821

Contact: Cassandra Mooter, Volunteer Coordinator

Director: Sam Dompier
Fax:  742-3463
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Since 1958, the House of Charity (HOC) has accepted anyone in any condition, including those suffering from mental illness and addiction.

The HOC provides emergency services including meals, clothing, showers, shelter, mail delivery, and case management to an underserved population of homeless, transient, and poor men and women in the Spokane area while ensuring preservation of individual dignity. We serve a population of men and women who are 18+.

We offer a variety of programs for both men and women, including our Drop-In Day Program, Emergency Sleeping Program, Respite Program, Residential Client Program, and Housing First Projects. Medical care is through Providence outreach Clinic, staffed by volunteer doctors and nurses. 

To learn more about these programs, please visit our website by clicking on the "Visit Our Website" button in our contact table.

Open:   Daily 7:30 am - Noon

Breakfast:  7:30 - 8:30 am, 7 days/week
Lunch:       11:00 - 11:30 am, 7 days/week

Men's sleeping program:
  Sign-ups begin at 8am, check-in at 7pm, 7 days/week. 
Volunteer Opportunities:
Our valued volunteers bring smiles and hope to our patrons who utilize services at our shelter! There are many ways you can volunteer at the House of Charity. Some positions include the following listed below:
  • Deliver mail for our patrons during our Day Program

  • Drive our van to local grocery stores to pick up donated groceries that help feed our patrons

  • Help with the Emergency Sleeping Program check-in process in the evening

  • Assist with preparing and/or serving Breakfast and/or Lunch for our patrons to enjoy

  • Go out onto the floor and interact with our patrons, fostering genuine conversations with out patrons and building empathetic relationships with a human population neglected by society

For a detailed list of Volunteer Job Descriptions and Shifts, please see below:


Location: Kitchen

Role: Breakfast

Days: 7 Days a Week


·      7am-9am


Help our staff serve hundreds of patrons continental breakfast. (Breakfast served from 7:30am-8:30am) Duties include serving, food prep, pouring coffee, dishwashing, general cleanup, and patron interaction.

Location: Kitchen

Role: Lunch

Days: 7 Days a Week


·      10am-12pm

Help our staff serve hundreds of patrons a hot lunch. (Lunch served from 11am-11:30am). Duties include but not limited to serving, food prep, pouring drinks, dishwashing, general clean up, and patron interaction.

Location: Kitchen

Role: Food Prep

Days: Mon, Tue, Wed, & Fri


·      1pm-3pm

·      3pm-5pm

Assist our staff in prepping food for breakfast, lunch, and serving respite dinner.  Duties include but not limited to chopping, cleaning, peeling, cleaning, dishwashing, food storage, food donation processing, and assisting with the respite meal.

Location: Loading Dock

Role: Van Driver

Days: Monday -- Friday


·      7:45am-11:45am


Using our delivery van, drive around to partnering grocery stores to collect donated food, produce, and beverages.  This job is best completed in teams of two.  Must have clean driving record and be comfortable driving utility van.  Includes heavy lifting.

Location: Main Floor

Role: Front Desk Assistant

Days: 7 Days a Week


·      7:30am-10am

·      10am-12pm

·      Tues & Fri 12pm-2pm

Be at the center of shelter operations while answering phones, running the cell phone charging station, buzz people in and out for showers and laundry, and answering general inquiries.  Third shift available on Tuesdays and Fridays to assist Providence Medical Clinic.

Location: Main Floor

Role: Mail Room Assistant

Days: 7 Days a Week


·      8am-10pm

·      10-12pm

Assist in distributing mail for our patron mail service, sorting mail, checking out towels, handing out donated toiletries, and engaging in housing-focused interactions.

Location: Upstairs

Role: ESP Assistant

Days: 7 Days a Week


·      7pm-8:30pm

Male Volunteers only assist in towel check out, pajama check out, and gear storage for our Emergency Sleeping Program.

*Seasonal Opportunities*
The HOC needs your help maintaining our grounds this summer! We are blessed with beautiful shade trees, and four 6'x12' raised garden beds. Our trees will need pruning, our grounds need weed spraying, and our garden needs lots of love and care.  Businesses wishing to donate their arborist skills will receive great advertising and public image opportunities.

Volunteers must be at least 18 years old. For more information or questions about volunteering, please contact Cassandra Mooter, our Volunteer Coordinator, at (509) 624-7821, ext 104. Or, fill out a Volunteer Application here

The House of Charity is always in need of toiletries, towels, and pajamas. Our kitchen is often in need of items such as coffee, sugar, and butter as well. If you or your organization wishes to make a donation or run a donation drive, items may be dropped off during daytime hours.
Annual Events:
Bishop's Brunch: This annual event provides a wonderful opportunity to better understand the world of our homeless brothers and sisters. Tour the House of Charity and enjoy brunch with Bishop Daly. This year's brunch will be on Sunday, October 23rd, 2016. RSVPs are not required. 

Last Updated By: Cassandra Mooter @ 05/17/2017 9:54am