We are very proud of the programs we support. They align with our mission and are forever changing the lives of kids in the community.
Morning Star Boys’ Ranch was founded in 1956 with a mission to help neglected, pre-delinquent boys, become healthy, happy and successful citizens. In 1957 the first boy arrived at Flannery House. Beginning in 1971 the Ranch grew to 224 acres and through generous donors, the Murphy House was completed in 1977 to accommodate thirty-three boys. Today the Ranch has added programs to meet the ever-increasing needs of our youth and their families and includes Equine Assisted Therapy, 4-H Program, and a new Community Services Program offering child and adolescent counseling, family therapy, including girls and parent support resources in an out-patient setting.
More than 1,400 boys and six decades later, the program continues to provide a loving, structured environment for boys in need. In the early days, the boys were mostly teenagers, but now the residents are much younger and in need of more intensive services. Many have been abused, abandoned, or homeless. Morning Star Boys’ Ranch strives to provide residents with the education, skills, and social confidence to transition to foster and adoptive homes.
Transitions EduCare program provides licensed, sliding-fee scale child care on the TLC campus for toddlers, preschool and school-age children designed to meet the needs of formerly homeless children. EduCare provides a nurturing environment to help children recovering from trauma. In 2018, 21 children were served with 6,364 hours of childcare and 2,057 nutritious meals. Transitions as a whole works to end poverty and homelessness for women and children in Spokane.
Embrace Washington is committed to providing, caring and supporting children in foster care within our community. They do this by raising awareness of vulnerable children's needs, identifying how to meet those needs by connecting individuals and organizations with a heart to serve the foster care community. Morning Star Foundation helped launch its Foster Care Education program, providing tutoring and college-preparatory learning for foster children ages 4 to 18.
Dishman Hills Conservancy hosts a unique program called "Kids in the Hills". It's an opportunity for Title 1 Elementary school students to get outside through field study and allows the students to take what they've learned back into the classroom and applied it to their studies. Over 500 students are served by this program annually.
Southside Christian School enthusiastically provides a Christ-centered, loving environment for children to experience academic excellence and spiritual development. They hold to the belief that God is the source of all truth and education is an exciting adventure.
Playworks helps kids to stay active and build valuable life skills through play. What better time to teach conflict resolution, leadership skills, and academic success than recess! Playworks believes that recess doesn’t have to be chaotic. At a better recess, kids acquire tools to work out disagreements and differences. When they’re playing amongst their peers, kids have a valuable opportunity to develop a sense of fairness, confidence, and communication. Kids who are engaged during recess are more likely to participate in class, which means better attendance and better grades. Playworks has reached 3.5 million children in 7,000 schools and is working to ensure children experience safe, healthy play every day.
For more than four decades, YWCA has provided life-saving services to help victims of domestic violence and their children flee abuse and increase their safety. While safety services are essential, we recognize that they are oftentimes not enough; the consequences of domestic violence do not end once a family has fled abuse. The Morning Star Foundation's contributions are helping to develop the Pathways to Healing program for children and teens that have been exposed to domestic violence. Through a combination of trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy, sand/play therapy, mindfulness training, and eye movement desensitization and reprogramming, they aim to help children and adolescents heal individually, as well as within their family.