#happylife: Free expo offers support and resources for Spokane moms

Spokane Mama is a Facebook group for local moms to connect and find out about different events and resources in the community. It was created three years ago, almost out of necessity for the founder, Holly Hoagland.

“I grew up in a really small community in Wisconsin where everybody knew your name and everybody knew your family, Hoagland explained.

In Spokane, it was harder to connect with others, especially moms.

“I just felt very isolated. I felt like there were no opportunities to meet people.”

So, she did what most moms do these days — she turned to Facebook and created the group that now boasts over 3,000 members. They meet up quarterly for “moms’ night out,” and weekly at exercise classes, mall walks or playground playdates. Every day, they share opportunities for support and resources.

Hoagland said she constantly hears stories from moms in the group who have made a friend or connected to help in the community because they attended an event or responded to a post. It inspired her turn Spokane Mama into a non-profit. Their mission is to end the isolation and insecurity in motherhood.

“We want to be more than a moms group,” she said.

The next step for the Facebook group turned non-profit is their first ever Community Connection Expo.

It’s happening at the Centennial Hotel, 303 West North River Drive on Saturday, October 5. There will be four areas of focus at the free event; mental health, wellness, local makers and community organizations.

Classes and discussions will take place every hour, on the hour starting at 9 a.m. and ending at 5 p.m. Topics will include postpartum support, body positivity and intuitive eating. There will even be some opportunities to do yoga.

The resource fair will take place that day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.