Today SpokaneFāVS hosted a forum on “Compassion in the Face of Crime and Homelessness.” About 40 people turned out the for discussion. View a video of the forum here.
- Rev. Andy CastroLang, who opened Westminster UCC as a warming shelter last year
- Mayoral candidate Ben Stuckart, who has made addressing homelessness a key issue in his campaign
- Phil Altmeyer, executive director of Union Gospel Mission, a Christian organization which ministers to the poor
- Edie Rice-Sauer, executive director of Transitions, which aims to end poverty and homelessness for women and children in Spokane.
Mayoral candidate Nadine Woodward did not respond to requests to participate on this panel.
Free coffee was be provided by Revel 77 Coffee.
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Tracy Simmons is an award winning journalist specializing in religion reporting, digital entrepreneurship and social journalism. In her 15 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 SpokaneFAVS.com, a digital journalism start-up covering religion news and commentary in Spokane, Wash. She is also a Scholarly Assistant Professor at Washington State University.