By Stephanie Curran, CVE
Today a section of the Spokane Arena became a temporary homeless shelter. Not everyone is happy about it, especially the businesses in the neighborhood. And as a business woman, I understand that.
I’ve been criticized. I’ve been questioned. I’ve been threatened. What I have learned is that it’s always OK to stand in the truth of who you are and do the right thing. Whatever you think about the homeless and who they are and how they got here, you’re probably not wrong. But at the very least, we can all agree that no one would choose this. And let us all be grateful tonight that this is not our life.
But for at least 105 people, during this pandemic medical emergency, for the next 90 days, they are safe. And that makes our community safer. And maybe, just maybe, someone will feel what it’s like to feel safe and cared for and make a new life choice. And that would be amazing.
Stephanie Curran, CVE, is Chief Executive Officer of the Spokane (WA) Public Facilities District.