“Compassion is a spectrum, and I think it is compassionate to deal with people’s basic needs. But I think so often our compassion is an expression of our own unwillingness to take the time to actually do what will long term help somebody. If I drive by somebody panhandling on the corner, it is far easier for me to reach in and put a dollar into the hat than it is to say, ‘Would you come and have a hamburger with me down the street? I want to find out about you as a person.’ And that gives me the opportunity to actually develop a relationship…Street people are notoriously poor in terms of relationships with people outside the street population, and it’s those relationships that are probably going to move them forward into a better life in general.” – John Repsold, Mosaic Fellowship, Spokane
“Spokane is what people make of it. I want to influence my environment. I want to be the influence, not be influenced by it. So, it is what I make of it. Could it get better? Of course it could, but that depends on each person.”(more…)
“I moved here right after tax season, so it would have been April 12. I love it! I used to live in downtown Charlotte, and then I moved out to Wenatchee to be near my sister, and it was just too small of a town for me, so I wanted to get back to a downtown area, and I love it here. It’s fantastic….They just opened a new dog park right down the street where Riverside and Sprague come together, so we go down there two or three times a day.
“I love being this close to the mall. I love the weather, the restaurants, the river. I can be downtown and just walk another block, and it’s like you’re out in the country kind of. I love it.” – Lydia (and JoJo), Spokane
“I’ve been here on this corner for seven years. I’ve been in Spokane for 41 years. I raised my family here. My grandchildren are here now. I will never leave Spokane. It is safe. It is relatively clean. It has plenty to do. I flat out love it. And I have been in most parts of the United States and this is the one I’m going to stay in.(more…)