Christ Kitchen helps struggling women

Photo by Tracy Simmons/Religion News

Before this morning, I didn’t know much about Christ Kitchen. All I knew was that it was an organization designed to help Spokane women who are living in poverty. I didn’t know that it was a quaint shop and small restaurant that was operated by 30 women trying to climb their way out of impoverishment.

I was right about its mission, “to help women in poverty become employable and self/Christ sufficient.” But I didn’t know the store shelves were stocked with tasty treats, like Obedient Oatmeal Cookies, Mercy Mints, Joyous Gingersnaps, and my favorite, Exalted Espresso Beans.

Director Jan Bowes Martinez, who create the program in 1998, said by giving these women a paycheck, a purpose and friendship she sees “transformations happen.” Some of the women have worked there for several years, others for only a few months. They cook, make gift baskets, package items, seal baggies, decorate packaging, cater, etc.

“You see their stability grow and grow,” Martinez said.

The problem? Except for nearby businesses, most of Spokane doesn’t know about Christ Kitchen. If they could make more sales, Martinez said, she could hire more women.

You can help Martinez with this mission. Stop in weekdays anytime between 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., or Saturdays between 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. The store/restaurant is located at 2410 North Monroe St. Or, you can be lazy like me and do your shopping online here.

See Flickr photos of Christ Kitchen here.

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