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Locked Up for a Cause

Charity Corner: Fighting homelessness with some time in the clink

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Last year, a Catholic sister headed off to jail. It's nothing to be alarmed about; this particular nun didn't do anything illegal. In fact, she was simply aiding those less fortunate: the women and children served by the local nonprofit Transitions.

For the second year, Transitions is hosting its "Jailed and Bailed" fundraiser, which recruits around a dozen community leaders and volunteers who allow themselves to be locked up for a morning. Participants bring their cell phones and work to raise bail of $1,000 each to get out jail. All of the money raised benefits Transitions' programs and services to end homelessness and poverty among women and children in Spokane. Last year's debut event brought in $9,500, which went toward the operating budget of Women's Hearth, Transitions' downtown Spokane shelter. Annually, more than 1,400 women are served there, accessing meals, showers, phones, computers, classes and other resources.

"This event really expands our reach, because [participants] are calling people throughout the country [for donations]," explains Mary Tracey, the nonprofit's development director.

Jailees can sign up through May 3, Tracey says. If you're interested in posting bail during the fundraising blitz, contact Transitions to be placed on a call list.

Jailed and Bailed at Transitions • Wed, May 11, starting at 8 am • Event at Transitional Living Center • 3128 N. Hemlock • help4women.org • Day-of donations: 509-328-6702