Meet the Housing & Homelessness Task Force
The HHTF has worked since April 2021 to:
1) learn about housing insecurity in New Hope's service area;
2) propose & help implement improved services to benefit all clients;
3) secure grants for emergency helps to those who have lost housing;
4) address long term solutions (through direct action and partnerships) to mitigate housing insecurity in rural north Spokane County.
Jeanna Swanson, New Hope Director
I am a registered dietician with experience working for Snohomish County Women, Infants, and Children Program. I have been a volunteer for New Hope for 17 years (10 years as the Client Services Coordinator). I served two terms on the board of directors, and then became New Hope’s Director in June 2020. My family attends Northview Bible Church.
After a 10-year career as a building science consultant, I’m interested in creating eco-friendly, resilient and affordable starter home villages meeting passive house standards. I want to learn the lessons that home-insecure people have to teach Spokane. I connected with this project through New Story Spokane, and have a faith community at Emmaus in South Perry.
Sarah Olson, Facilitator
Before starting a family, I was administrator for the Aquifer Protection Council (an interagency group run through Spokane County), and helped kickstart the Spokane River Forum for the Washington Department of Ecology. I have been a volunteer at New Hope Resource Center—often alongside my kids—for 13 years.
For two years, I co-chaired a multi-agency task force as a representative of New Hope to address the needs of victims of a local windstorm disaster.
I spent 20 years in a U.S. Army Reserve Combat Support Hospital training in domestic and global disasters. In my 35 years as an educator for Mead School District, I had the opportunity to work with families in crisis, coordinating with social workers to create a safe and stable environment, allowing families to stay together, thrive and learn. I am a charter member of Colbert Presbyterian Church.
I worked as a state social worker in the field of aging, disability, and long-term care, with Medicaid-eligible clients. Later, I was supervisor of nursing facility case management for DSHS Home & Community Services.
I co-founded the Women’s Resource Center and Domestic Violence Shelter in my home town, which involved client advocacy, fundraising, and collaboration with law enforcement, and community groups. I am a member of Covenant United Methodist Church and a board member of New Hope.
I am a retired registered nurse with varied professional experience including hospital nursing, charge nursing, and managing a small surgical practice. My volunteer experience includes nurse at Christ Clinic, Care Coordinator Assistant at Lilac Plaza Retirement Community, and consultant on patient care, hospital planning, and construction at Banso Hospital in Kumbo, Cameroon. My husband and I are members of Whitworth Presbyterian Church.