Summer Learning Family & Student Survey Results

Many thanks to the hundreds of students and families in Northeast Spokane who filled out surveys about their hopes for learning and growth in summer 2022. You can click here to see the full results from over 400 students in Northeast Spokane schools. And click here for responses from over 100 adults and caregivers! These…

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Story of Impact: Lori van Anrooy

Lori van Anrooy Lori van Anrooy, Program Manager and Educator with Food$ense/SNAP-ED, has many years of experience in bringing nutrition education to youth and adults in Spokane County, including in the ZONE. Lori originally found an interest in cooking in the mid-1990s, and leading cooking classes for high schoolers led her to pursue more nutrition…

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Story of Impact: Nakia Arquette

Nakia Arquette Nakia Arquette is a Program Manager with Communities in Schools of Spokane County, a partner in The ZONE. Nakia grew up in Spokane and returned after going away for college to earn her degree in Elementary Education. “Education definitely wasn’t my hyperfocus initially,” she said. “I always found myself wanting to work with…

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Essential Skills: 2021 Program Outcomes

The Essential Skills Program was developed by ZONE partners to provide the knowledge and tools necessary to apply for a job or training program. We are very pleased to celebrate the completion of our first pilot with amazing graduates! 2021 Program Outcomes The curriculum builds self-confidence through career exploration, matching aptitudes, interests, and a clear path…

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The Gathering ZONE: Connecting people and opportunities at the Hillyard Community Campus

Residents, agencies, and leaders came together as the new construction was being completed on the Hillyard Community Campus to create a plan that builds support and opportunity for everyone that gathers here. Our efforts and early successes are ensuring that preschoolers, families with school-aged children, seniors in the community…and you, are all welcome here. Watch…

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Jack Green: The Generous and Community-Minded Owner of Green’s Fresh Market

Jack Green Jack Green is the owner of Green’s Fresh Market in the Hillyard neighborhood and has a long history in the grocery business. Some might remember Jack when he owned and operated Piccolo’s Italian Market and when he managed Cassano’s Italian Grocery store in the Chief Garry Neighborhood. As a resident and partner in…

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Rent Increases Dramatically Impacting Northeast Residents

Residents of Northeast Spokane and even some from other areas in Spokane are facing significant impacts to their housing stability as well as their mental health. A recent online survey completed by residents showed that rental rate increases vary wildly and 91% of the respondents told us they were given notice of a rental rate increase. Financial…

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Ronako Mejbon: A Partner with a Passion for Community Health

“I’m honored and grateful that I get to help my Marshallese community.”—Ronako Mejbon Ronako Mejbon has played many important roles in her life – as a daughter, a mother, a community navigator, a nursing assistant and now as a community health worker at CHAS Health partnering with The ZONE at Northeast Community Center. She has…

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