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Whitworth University In Partnership with World Relief to Launch Friendship Center April 5

April 3, 2019
Whitworth University’s Office of Church Engagement and World Relief are pleased to announce the opening of the Friendship Center on the first floor of the World Relief office in Spokane (1522 N. Washington St.).

The Friendship Center is a collaboration among World Relief, the Office of Church Engagement and six churches (Colbert Presbyterian, Faith Bible, Shadle Park Presbyterian, Life Center, Christ our Hope and First Free Methodist) that are providing financial support and volunteers to staff the center (10 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Friday, starting April 8).

Partial funding for the center was provided by a grant to Whitworth from the Lilly Endowment, Inc.

An open house will take place Friday, April 5, from 3-7 p.m. All are welcome to attend and see the new space where former refugees from all over the world will come and build bridges of friendship.

World Relief Spokane opened in 1990. Since then, it has resettled more than 10,000 refugees from more than 50 countries in the Spokane community.  The organization helps refugees secure housing, find jobs, learn English, connect with volunteers and local churches, navigate the legal process to become U.S. citizens, and access healthcare.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian church. The university, which has an enrollment of more than 3,000 students, offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

Trisha Coder, media relations manager, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4703 or