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

February 21, 2022

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

February 15, 2022

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

January 26, 2022

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

December 15, 2021

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

November 9, 2021

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

November 8, 2021

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

October 6, 2021

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

September 14, 2021
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New Shaw Middle School and On Track Academy Buildings Open for Students on Hillyard Community Campus

September 9, 2021

Cutting the ribbon at Shaw Middle School, including the new Hillyard Library! Thursday, September 2nd was a joyous day for Northeast Spokane students, families and organizations. After three years of visioning, planning and building, Shaw Middle School, the new Hillyard Library, and the new On Track Academy opened up to hundreds of students on the…

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Darcelina Soloria: Resident, Advocate, Mother, and ZONE Champion

July 21, 2021

Darcelina Soloria Stand for Children is one of our ZONE partners, reaching families and helping students gain the academic supports that will propel them to their best life. And representing Stand for Children in Eastern Washington is Darcelina Soloria.  She is a Northeast resident and mom to two children. When her eldest’s school was in…

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