OUR STORY

Fall 2007 – Founding of BUTB

Jessica Kovac working as a server in an upscale restaurant used her tips and joy and never knew her life would never be the same. Her spirit was alive as she felt God stirring her to help those in search of hope on the downtown streets of Spokane, Washington. Knowing this was something beyond her, she trusted God’s guidance and prepared 40 brown bags along with a case of water. On that cold October morning, she stepped out in faith. The Blessed Brown Bag was born that day. That step has since changed her life and encouraged others to join her.

First Winter event serves over 400 people

Soon, the team had decided to bring Christmas to the “Living Rooms” of the homeless and on December 22, 2007, the first annual Blessings Under The Bridge event was born. With linens on the tables a hot gourmet brunch and dozens of volunteers they served on the pavement under the freeway of downtown Spokane. Since then the “Blessings” have been unending.

June 2010 – BUTB Becomes an official non profit

July 2011 – 1st Annual Summer Event

These events have brought over 1000 people together. Blessings Under the Bridge is looking forward to many more annual events in their future.

Sept. 2011 – BUTB gets their first building

Mar. 2012 – BUTB serves their first hot meals

Apr. 2013 – BUTB receives their first BUTB vehicle

June 2014 – Winner of Small non profit of the year Greater Spokane

June 2014 – People Magazine

Feb. 2015 – Rachael Ray Show in NY

Apr. 2015 – Ted Talk

June 2015 – Hoopfest Team Established

Created the first and only Homeless basketball team to play in Hoopfest

Oct. 2015 – BUTB Officially becomes part of Microsoft’s annual Give Campaign

Dec. 2016 – First Difference Maker of Spokane (Spokesman Review)

April 2017 – Lifetime Show Live Life Forward

Aug. 2017 – Windermere Foundation Commercial

Featuring BUTB and GU Nigel Williams Goss

Dec. 2017 – A Blessings Under The Bridge “The Book”

July 2018 – First Wedding Under the Bridge

Aug. 2018 – Mobile Medical Clinic reveal Molina Healthcare

May 2019 – Blessings Under the Bridge and Beyond Pilot Program

Now

What began as a passion to simply love and help the homeless of Spokane has quickly grown into the largest community-building event in Spokane. We are 100% funded by the generous businesses and people who support us. Every cent goes directly into the operations and mission we strive to fulfill. Every Wednesday night over 300 people are served by more than 75 volunteers. Beyond our Wednesday night meal event, we provide two of the largest free specialty events for the homeless and less fortunate in Spokane and surrounding areas: our Summer Bash and Winter Brunch. Each event helps, serves, and helps over 1,000 men, women and children.  BUTB is also very proud to put together “Hoops For The Homeless”, the first-ever homeless basketball team to play in Hoopfest. We look forward to our 7th year of hoops next summer. We also provide bus passes, school supplies, household items, furniture, and food outside of our weekly events. We also do weddings, memorials, and find any other ways we can bless and bring light to those often forgotten on the streets. Over 14 years later they served over 100,000 in Spokane, WA, along with California and Hawaii and plan to continue the mission to Feed, Clothe, Serve, Love and bring Spokane even more Blessings Under the Bridge. Upcoming: Blessings Portal

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