Spokane wraps up 100 Youth 100 Days Project

SPOKANE, Wash. - The City of Spokane celebrated Monday as they wrapped up the “100 Youth 100 Days” challenge, a project aimed at finding housing for homeless young adults in Spokane. They surpassed that goal, placing 102 eighteen to twenty-four year-olds in homes.

As they watched these young adults turn the key to their new homes, organizers saw they had nothing to fill them with.

The move-in kit drive, a culmination of the 100 Youth 100 Days challenge saw boxes set up in businesses throughout Spokane where members of the community could drop off new and unused household items that would be put in to welcome home kits.

"We wanted to bring the community together and get everyone engaged in what it means to move these homeless youth in to housing," said Tija Danzig, City of Spokane.

She shared that there is nothing like seeing each homeless young adult walk in to their first home after going through things no 18 or 19 year old should.

“But it gets a little sad when you move a youth in to their first apartment, their first house and they don't have any of these essentials; a bed, spoon, fork towel,” Danzig added.

The City relied on a number of groups like Snap and Volunteers of America to help meet the challenge - and, even overachieve. They were happy so many were willing to additionally help with this final drive.

Sara Clements-Sampson with Providence Health Care said, “for providence, we were able to mobilize our big network of employees. Everyone has been hearing about the homeless situation with our youth; we see it in our emergency room and to be able to do something outside really pulled on their heartstrings.”

Today volunteers from dozens of those organizations were the ones who got to pack laundry baskets filled with new home necessities.

“It's so so satisfying. Just to see an idea come to action and see that action come to a conclusion finally,” said Justin Botejue with Better Health Together.

It was an overwhelming sight for 20-year-old Brandi Murphy, who spent four months sleeping in her car till she was approved for housing with the project.

“They pretty much helped to change our lives and we have some place to lay our head, have somewhere to eat every night,” Murphy said.

"We came away with more than what we needed for these 100 youth that have been housed and what that means to me, moving forward any youth we help in the future will now get a kit and that's because of everyone coming together and being a part of this," said Danzig.

If you'd like to help, new and unused household items are still being collected by Snap and Volunteers for America. By calling 311 and donating $150 you can also provide these young adults with a mattress, box spring and bed frame for their new home.