Panhandling

People often face the homeless on our streets, and make a choice as to whether or not to hand money to them.  Spokane's Union Gospel Mission has posted an excellent article on how to help a panhandler.  (see below)

What You Can Do
"FREE TIP SHEET:  How to Help a Panhandler, a Step-by-step guide to helping homeless people you encounter on the street," posted by Spokane's Union Gospel Mission. 
1.  Treat them with dignity.
2.  Give them food/supplies.
3.  Direct them to a shelter. 
To learn more, view https://www.uniongospelmission.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/panhandler_tip_sheet.pdf

"Panhandling:  To Give or Not to Give?", by Barbara Comito, The Impact, "Give Real Change," The Union Gospel Mission Inland Northwest, http://blog.uniongospelmission.org/panhandling
Additional Resources
City of Spokane:
If you need assistance with finding shelter,
and are located in City of Spokane, please call Spokane's Homeless Family Coordinated Assessment, before calling the homeless shelters.  The Assessment team will assess your situation, and direct you to the agencies which serve your particular needs.
Homeless Family Coordinated Assessment 
(a program of Catholic Charities)
Family Resource Center Bldg.
19 W. Pacific
(Myrtle Woldson Institute building)
Spokane, WA  99201
(509) 325-5005 (answered 24/7)
Walk-in Hours:  Monday - Thursday from 12:30 pm to 5 pm.

Spokane County:
If you need assistance with finding shelter, and are located in Spokane County and outside of the City of Spokane, please contact:
Spokane County Community Services Housing, and Community Development Department
(an assessment for homelessness and housing)
http://www.spokanecountyhprp.com 
(866) 904-9060
Learn if you are eligible for an application for County-administered programs, connect to  City administered programs, access publicly and privately funded emergency shelters info, and link to Washington Connections website to apply other governmental benefits.