SPOKANE, Wash. -- Four local colleges and the Health Care Training Center are reaching out to the homeless.
This week, the organizations presented to a special group of recovering citizens being helped by Union Gospel Mission to give them hope and to get them to start thinking about higher education.
"It's a huge leap for many people and that's why we're here is to help bridge that gap,” said Richard Miller,Whitworth University Academic Advisor and Recruiter. “If they have faith in themselves, we'll have faith in them and help them through that process."
Spokane Community Colleges, Whitworth University, Spokane Tribal College and North Idaho College all presented to the group of around 50 people, as did the Health Care Training Center. Speakers at this year's College Connection Conference explained the application process as well as ways to utilize the federal financial aid program and other tuition payment options.
Since last year’s College Connection Conference, four current and former recovery program participants at Union Gospel Mission have enrolled in local colleges.