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Catholic Charities: House of Charity

Who We Are

House of Charity: A Division of Catholic Charities, is a homeless shelter that provides emergency services including meals, clothing, medical care, case management, and various other services to an under-served population of homeless, transient, and poor men and women in the Spokane area while assuring preservation of individual dignity.  The House of Charity accepts anyone in any condition, including the mentally ill and actively substance abusing.

There are many different opportunities to lend your time and talents, whether it be individually or in a group. Opportunities include but are not limited to; food prep and serving, front desk assistance, mail sorting and distribution, food delivery van driving, gardening, donation sorting, emergency sleeping program check-in, lawn and tree care, and organizing a donation drive for our commonly needed items such as towels and pajamas.

Interested individuals* must fill out a Volunteer Application on the Catholic Charities website and submit to a background check.  The direct link to the application can be found here, and any questions can be directed to Volunteer Coordinator Cassandra Mooter at 624-7821 or

*Due to the nature of the population we serve, children under 12 are not permitted inside the House of Charity.  Children between 12 and 16 must have a chaperone present with them at all times at a 10 to 1 ratio.  Youth between 16-17 must have parental permission slips signed in order to volunteer without supervision.

What We Do

We offer a variety of services for our clients which include:

  • Free Meals: Continental Breakfast (Sun-Sat, 7:30 AM - 8:30 AM), Lunch (Sun-Sat, 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM), and Dinner provided by Gonzaga University (Thursdays only, 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM) (No dinner during summer break)
  • Free Medical Clinic on Tuesdays and Fridays (Sign-Up at 11:00 AM)
  • Public Showers
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Case Management
  • Mailing Services
  • Volunteer Barber (Tuesdays)
  • TAY VI-SPDAT assessment for 18-24 year olds (Tuesdays)
  • Social Security Disability Attorneys (Thursdays)
  • Respite Care (Referral Only)
  • Resident Client Program
  • Free Pet Grooming (1st and 3rd Mondays)

We have an Emergency Sleeping Program at night for men, check in at 7pm. Patrons may sign-up for bed list during day time hours.