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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Release Date: January 16, 2024

1.16.24 Statement
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[Spokane, Washington] - It is with deep sadness that we share that last night, a mother staying at Family Promise of Spokane’s Emergency Family Shelter passed away in her sleep. We will not know the cause of death until the medical examiner’s report, but at this time, it is presumed to be due to natural causes. She is survived by her partner and three young children.

During her time with us, this mother exhibited resilience, perseverance, and unwavering love for her children despite the challenges they were facing. Family Promise grieves alongside her family and friends, especially her three children who are now grappling with the absence of their mom.

In the face of this tragedy, Family Promise of Spokane will be providing on-site grief counseling for guests and staff. Additionally, the school counselors for our school-aged children have been notified and will be checking in to support our children that are students at their schools.

To protect the identity of the mother and family, we’ve chosen not to disclose their names at this time. We ask for privacy and respect for our families during this time of mourning and readjustment. As a community, please extend your thoughts and prayers to all those involved.

For media inquiries or further information, please contact:


Family Promise of Spokane

Joe Ader | (509) 818-7587


Family Promise of Spokane equips families and communities to end the cycle of homelessness. Our organization helps families get housing and keep housing because every child deserves a place to call home. For more information, visit us at


Family Promise of Spokane

Joe Ader | (509) 818-7587

Emma Hughes | (509) 828-0558

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