Dear Friends,

Following in the footsteps of our compassionate foundress, Blessed Emilie Gamelin, the Sisters of Providence have for 175 years reached out to people experiencing homelessness as part of our call to respond to our sisters and brothers who are poor and vulnerable.

When Mother Joseph of the Sacred Heart arrived in the Pacific Northwest in 1856, she began building an infrastructure of health care, education and social services, along with shelters and resources to support the needs of the pioneer community.

This work continues today through various Sisters of Providence ministries, including Transitions in Spokane, Wash. Founded and sponsored as a collaborative effort by the Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters, Sisters of the Holy Names, Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia and Sisters of Providence, Transitions provides transitional and permanent housing, a day center, child care, job training and other support services to help women and children break the cycle of poverty and homelessness.

Despite a history of making a significant impact on homelessness in Spokane, Transitions recently learned that the city cut funding for the Women’s Hearth day center, EduCare child care services and New Leaf Bakery Café job training program. Though organizational leaders are appealing the cut, they have been forced to seek funding from alternative sources to keep these critical services operating for the coming years.This work continues today through various Sisters of Providence ministries, including Transitions in Spokane, Wash. Founded and sponsored as a collaborative effort by the Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters, Sisters of the Holy Names, Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia and Sisters of Providence, Transitions provides transitional and permanent housing, a day center, child care, job training and other support services to help women and children break the cycle of poverty and homelessness.

The Sisters of Providence are appealing to you for help this summer to ensure continued funding is available as Transitions prepares for the higher demand for services that fall and winter bring.

Your donation to the Sisters of Providence Emilie Gamelin Fund will allow Transitions to continue to serve homeless women who have nowhere else to go on the weekends, stabilize homes for mothers and their children who need help overcoming the childcare barrier, and provide work and life skills to women struggling to find their place in the community.

A gift of any size will make a difference. You may send a check  or make a contribution online through this page. You may also make a contribution in honor or in memory of someone special to you or a Sister of Providence who has touched your life.

We thank you for your compassionate support at this time of critical need for vulnerable women and children in Spokane.

Gratefully in Providence,

Judith Desmarais, SP
Provincial Superior