To Our Community

We understand these are difficult times. The outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) has caused disruptions in our workplaces, schools, and homes.  Prior to COVID-19, Latino communities across the state and country had already experienced challenges in health disparities and in accessing resources. Throughout this pandemic, we have observed an increase in barriers to health and community services due to language access, lack of trust, shortcomings in economic support to undocumented and mixed-status families, and public charge confusion.

In response to COVID-19, Latinos en Spokane has been working to provide direct advocacy and support to local families, translating information,  connecting state and local resources, food banks, tenant advocacy, providing live webinars through our social media platforms,  collaborating with local organizations to fundraise for undocumented families. We are continuously searching for resources, creative solutions as well as listening to community needs.

This pandemic has exposed many disparities and challenges ahead. Nevertheless, it has also shed light on the power of community response and the hearts of volunteers working to help neighbors and those experiencing need.  Thank you Spokane community organizations, thank you volunteers, and thank you to our donors.

We will continue updating this webpage with up to date COVID information and community resources.

How Can I Be Prepared for a COVID-19 Outbreak?

  • COVID-19 is a new respiratory virus. There is currently an international outbreak affecting several countries and states.

  • As new information emerges about the virus, please remember that the risk of COVID-19 is not at all connected with race, ethnicity, or nationality.

  • Stigma will not help to fight the illness. Seeking and sharing accurate information during a time of heightened concern is one of the best things we can do to keep rumors and misinformation from spreading.

How can I prevent the spread of COVID-19?

  • Symptoms of COVID-19 primarily include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. These symptoms appear 2 to 14 days after exposure.

  • -19 spreads between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet) via coughs or sneezes. It may also spread by touching a surface or object with the virus on it.

  • People are thought to be most contagious when they are the sickest, though some spread is possible before people show symptoms.

  • Prevention starts with practicing good personal health habits: stay home when you’re sick, cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue, wash your hands often with soap and water, and clean frequently touched surfaces and objects.

  • Getting plenty of rest, drinking fluids, eating healthy foods, and managing your stress may help you prevent getting COVID-19 and recover from it if you do.

 

Where can I get more information?

  • Visit the Department of Health’s Website at www.doh.wa.gov/coronavirus

  • Call 1-800-525-0127 and press #. Telephone based interpretation services are available.

 

Source: Washington State Department of Health

COVID-19 Resources

Washington STATE COVID-19 HEALTH GUIDANCE STATISTICS AND RESOURCES

 

Spokane County COVID-19 HEALTH GUIDANCE STATISTICS AND RESOURCES

 
If you have any questions about COVID-19, you can call the Spokane Regional Health District at1-800-525-0127. They speak Spanish.
COVID-19: Current Situation in Spokane County

COVID-19 Screening Locations in Spokane County

Raiz healthcare monitor program for COVID19

This program is ideal if you:

 

  • Are COVID19 positive and are self-isolating at home

  • Have been in contact with someone who is COVID19 positive

  • Have any symptoms of COVID19

  • Raiz provides coverage to undocumented families! Family planning, birth control, permanent methods (tube ties and vasectomy), STI and STD screenings, and Cervical Cancer Screenings. Call (509) 207-3017

Local Food Banks

Spokane Food Fighters

In order to help meet the needs of individuals and families in our community while we deal with COVID-19, Spokane Food Fighters exists to help fill immediate food security needs. This resource is meant for same day emergency meal needs for those who have not been able to be helped through channels like their school district, food pantries, 2nd Harvest or Meals on Wheels. The mission is simple to work to ensure nobody goes hungry in Spokane in this time of need through a local team of volunteers and restaurants. For more information please click here.

Women and Children's Free Restaurant & Commercial Kitchen

takeout meals and groceries - Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 11 AM – 1 PM at

1408 N. Washington, Spokane, WA 99201 For more information please click here.

 

Spokane Transit Authority, route 27 & 39 will drop you at our corner. 

Phone: (509) 324-1995

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Spokane County School Districts

 

District Meals

​Central Valley School District

Kids, age 18 and under, can enjoy a free, nutritious, grab-and-go, drive-through or walk-up breakfast & lunch while our schools are closed. Weekdays, 10am-1pm at specific designated locations.
Registration is not required. No ID or paperwork required. Children do not need to be a CVSD student to participate. Children must be present to pick up.For more information click
here.

Cheney School District

District will provide meal packs to include breakfast and lunch, Monday – Friday to all children. Meals will be distributed daily and will be available for pick-up at select school sites and various locations throughout the district as follows. Please practice social distancing while picking up meals daily. For more information click here.

Deer Park School District

Due to significant staffing limitations during the week of Spring Break (April 6th – 10th), meal delivery will be at just three sites:  Clayton School, Deer Park Elementary, and Deer Park Middle School. Distribution times will remain the same – 11AM to 12PM. For more information click here.

East Valley School District

East Valley School District will be delivering meals to ALL children 1 to 18 years of age. East Valley school buses loaded with sack lunches will drive to these locations where children will meet the bus to pick up their grab-and-go sack lunch along with breakfast for the next day. In order to receive a lunch, each student needs to be present.  There is no cost for the lunch and children do not need to be students of East Valley School District. For more information click here.

Liberty School District

For more information click here.

Mead School District

Meals will be provided throughout the emergency school closure INCLUDING April 6-10, which was the district's regularly scheduled Spring Break. For more information click here.

 

Medical Lake School District

A survey with distribution locations is available here.

Spokane School District

SPS is offering grab & go meals – a breakfast and a lunch together – for any child aged 0-18, or currently enrolled in high school, at the following locations from 11 a.m.-noon. Yes, that's any student -- even those who don't attend Spokane Public Schools! For more information click here.

School Closure and COVID-19 Updates

West Valley School District

For children ages 18 and under, grab-and-go breakfasts and lunches are available Monday through
Friday from 11:00 to 1:00 at Pasadena Park Elementary, Seth Woodard Elementary, Ness Elementary,
Orchard Center Elementary, Centennial Middle School and West Valley High School. For more information click
here.

Spokane Public Schools - Other resources

Learning at home resources

Laptop distribution

 

Mental Health Resources

Latinx Mental Health Collaborative

The Latinx Mental Health Collaborative and Latinos en Spokane partnered to connect and invite families in Spokane

explore ways in which we can help each other during quarantine, stay safe, and healthy. The event was live on Latoinos en Spokane and was led by psychotherapists, Vicky Wesslen, Erik Jiménez, Abigail Bocanegra and psychiatric nurse practitioner, Damaris Aragón. Facilitation was provided by Angela Rooth, a psychology student at Whitworth University and intern at Creative Heart Therapies, PLLC.

Latinx Mental Health Counselors in Spokane:

 

Maria G. Bazzell, LMHCA, MHP

Mental Health Clinician - WISe

3754 West Indian Trail Road

Spokane, WA 99208

C: (509) 220-3265

T: (509) 559-3100

F: (509) 328-7582

www.excelsioryouthcenter.com

 

Damaris Aragorn

509-342-6592

aragonmentalhealth@gmail.com

 

Vicky Wesslen

707 West 7th Avenue

Suite 150

Spokane, WA 99204

(509) 220-3357

 

Erik Jimenez

4001 N Cook St #420, Spokane, WA 99207

509-747-4174

 

Abigail Bocanegra

abigail@exatherapies.com

Spokane Regional Crisis Line

If you are experiencing a mental health crisis please call 1-877-266-1818. Spanish speakers are available.

Family Violence Prevention Services

Mujeres In Action (MIA) Spokane

MiA is a non-profit organization with the commitment of supporting and advocating for the victims of domestic violence and/or sexual assault in the Spokane area. (509) 869-0876 www.miaspokane.org

YMCA

YWCA Spokane is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all. They provide shelter for domestic violence victims, legal advocacy, mental health, child care, 24/7 confidential domestic violence helpline services at 509-326-2255.

Rental and eviction support

Tenants Union of Washington State

In case you cannot pay part or all of your rent in April, May or June due to COVID-19 emergency health orders. RENTALS WILL NOT BE EVICTED DURING THE STATE OF EMERGENCY. Tenants living in the city of Spokane must use the city version and everyone else uses the Washington state model letter because of the differences in the moratoriums. Please feel free to use these templates for your letters.

For the City of Spokane

For Washington State

Resources for Undocumented Persons

 

DSHS

DSHS is offering emergency financial assistance to ALL people living in Washington. It is open to families WITHOUT DOCUMENTS. The program requires a telephone interview. Call 877-501-2233 to complete the entire application process. Click here for more information.

 

Spokane Relief Fund For Undocumented Families

While many  Washingtonians are expected to receive financial relief through the federal aid stimulus package, many undocumented and those in mixed-status families are not eligible for any federal funds, not even if they have paid taxes using their IRS- issued individual taxpayer identification number. Undocumented immigrants in Washington State pay over $300 million in the state and local taxes. We know that many are essential workers in the frontline to this pandemic, and we know that many families experience hurdles to access medical and social services due to work or immigration status before this pandemic, and now the risks and needs are greater. In response, Latinos en Spokane is working closely with community members to understand current needs, provide support, continue building trust, and connecting resources to those in need. To donate or apply for funding click here.

 

COVID-19 Relief Fund for Undocumented Individuals in Washington State - Scholarship Junkies

Our undocumented community is one of the most vulnerable populations during the COVID-19 pandemic in Washington State. We seek to provide direct economic support to our undocumented community during the “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order. Join us today, to ensure we are able to collectively reach our goal of $5,000,000 to support over 5,000 families. Donations will go directly to families in need. Please donate, share this fundraiser on social media, and direct friends, co-workers, and big funders you may know. To donate or apply for funding click here.

Washington Immigration Solidarity Network

WAISN is the largest immigrant-led coalition in Washington. We are a powerful, volunteer-driven network of immigrant and refugee rights organizations and individuals distributed across the state that strives to protect, serve, and strengthen communities across the state. We work to provide support, capacity, and resources to organizations’ efforts to build power and a united voice statewide. 

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, WAISN has adapted our work to focus on the unique needs of our immigrant and refugee communities. For as long as we need to, we are prioritizing providing immigrant and refugee communities COVID-related immediate support and information.

Our main effort has been creating the WAISN Resource Finder, a county-by-county resource for immigrants and their families to find vetted local resources.

My Undocumented Life

Resources and news that can help undocumented and mixed-status families during the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic. click here.

​​One America 

One America compiled a list of resources in Washington State (some in multiple languages) to ensure everyone in our communities are able to receive the care and necessities they need.

Businesses & Workers

 

Questions and answers for workers affected by Covid19. Information on unemployment benefits, your rights and more, click here.

The Governor’s Office has compiled this partial list of resources to support economic retention and recovery related to COVID-19 coronavirus. Click here.

The U.S. Small Business Administration has low-interest federal loans for small businesses that are suffering financial damage from the Coronavirus closings (COVID-19). These loans are for Economic Disaster Damage.

These loans can be used to pay off fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that cannot be paid due to the impact of the disaster. The interest rate is 3.75% for small businesses. The interest rate for nonprofit organizations is 2.75%.

Please let us know if we need help with these applications.

Disaster Loan Assistance