February Newsletter

Celebrating Our 2023 Award Winners! On February 7, we gathered together to celebrate our 2023 Accomplishments and our award winners for all they have done. It was a great night, with many of our partners gathering together. Read more here. Resident of the Year: Shanda Blunt Agency of the Year: NEST Coalition (Lorraine Holokai) Partner…

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Jene Ray Delivers TEDx Spokane Talk: Our Community’s Opportunity Cost of Unstably Housed Students

In this impactful talk, ZONE Director, Jene Ray, addresses the critical issue of housing instability among students and its profound impact on academic success. Ray explores the unseen obstacles faced by students navigating housing insecurity and presents a groundbreaking solution involving Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs). Ray delves into the academic consequences of housing instability, revealing…

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July Newsletter

There is so much good happening in The ZONE. Kids in free after school and summer programming, adults compensated to attend pre-employment courses, and households receiving ongoing support with their personal goals so that all family members can thrive. Our Resident Steering Committee has elevated needs this year directly to the State Board of Education,…

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January 2023 Newsletter

Thank you for joining us to celebrate collective impact and action in NE Spokane. It was meaningful to reflect on the past 5 years of passionate visionary work fostered by Amber Waldref’s leadership, and to recognize residents and partners who have made our outcomes possible. Read More

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Jene Ray’s Interview with Skils’kin

Jene Ray, Associate Director of The ZONE, recently sat down with Steve McBride of Skils’kin for an episode of their new podcast, Good Gab. They talked about challenges during the pandemic, and exciting new plans! Check out the entire interview!

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Story of Impact: Patricia Castaneda

In the two and a half years since she arrived in Spokane, Patricia Castaneda has already made herself a familiar and admired face in many different circles. She is a frequent chef at Feast World Kitchen, has been an integral staff member at World Relief, and is hard at work founding Manzanita House, a new…

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Tienaya Sigmund-Godes: Inspirational Northeast Mom Receives Unsung Hero Award

There are few people who embody the strength, compassion, and drive of Tienaya Sigmund-Godes. She is a champion of Northeast Community residents with an incredible list of accomplishments in advocacy, leadership, and community-building, in addition to the time she spends raising her six children. Tienaya’s optimism, resilience, and hard work have not gone unnoticed. She…

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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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