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Family Promise launches “Open Doors” with ceremony tomorrow

Family Promise of Spokane, an organization aimed at helping homeless families in the area, is having a ribbon cutting ceremony tomorrow to celebrate its newest program — Open Doors.

Open Doors is a family day emergency shelter for displaced families needing warm shelter and help finding sustainable housing. The shelter, 631 Richard Allen Court, is open 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Volunteers are stationed there to help those using the facility connect to local resources, get food and supplies, take showers, do laundry and access a computer.

At tomorrow’s ceremony guests can tour the center. Light refreshments will be served. The event will take place  at 11 a.m.

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Tracy Simmons, who teaches journalism at Gonzaga University, is an award winning journalist specializing in religion reporting, digital entrepreneurship and social journalism. In her 13 years on the religion beat, Simmons has tucked a notepad in her pocket and found some of her favorite stories aboard cargo ships in New Jersey, on a police chase in Albuquerque, in dusty Texas church bell towers, on the streets of New York and in tent cities in Haiti.
Simmons has worked as a multimedia journalist for newspapers across New Mexico, Texas and Connecticut. Currently she serves as the executive director of, a digital journalism start-up covering religion news and commentary in Spokane, Wash.

She also writes for The Spokesman-Review and for the Religion News Service.

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