by Kyler Hood
Providence Health Care donated $5,000 to Volunteers of America's Hope House, a women's shelter that provides beds, warm meals, and pajamas to homeless Spokane women every night.
The money will provide women with emergency hygiene necessities including deodorant, prescriptions, bus passes, and feminine products, according to Volunteers of America CEO Marilee Roloff.
The facility serves 250-350 women a year and has a budget of $400,000. Eighty-five professional staff provide medical care and educational programming with the help of 50 to 100 volunteers.
But Roloff says the shelter still struggles.
"We turn away women every night," Roloff says. "In 2011, we turned away 160. We just thank our lucky stars we're able to get by in these tough times."