This will be SSP’s second year ever serving in the state of Washington. We have been invited to work with the Spokane Indian Reservation in Wellpinit, just outside of the city of Spokane. Home to about 2,700 tribal members, this area offers summertime temperatures in the low to mid 80’s. We expect a mix of carpentry, painting and minor home repair work.
Spokane 2016 by Rose Ballantine, Adult Volunteer
Learn More About SSP and the Spokane Tribe of Indians
For the most part, we work on the homes in the communities we serve. The type of work includes building wheelchair ramps and porches, painting and other general home repairs. No construction experience is needed, and you’ll be amazed at all of the work that your youth teams complete! Most projects take longer to complete than your week at SSP so you may see the beginning, middle or end of a project.
Thank you to the 193 youth and 51 adults who served in partnership with the Spokane Indian Housing Authority during SSP’s 1st summer in Washington!
Their work resulted in 15 home repairs focused on safety and accessibility:
- 10 sets of stairs
- 3 porches
- 1 home painted
- 85′ long, two story wheelchair ramp, the largest in SSP’s history!
The tribe has agreed to pay for the building materials, which has allowed us to reduce the fee to $335 for all participants at this site.
Pow Wow Grounds
We have the great honor to be based out of the tribe’s Pow Wow Grounds. The circular building with a tree trunk in the center is used for their annual Labor Day Pow Wow (video). Our volunteers will sleep, have program and hang out in this large space. Bathrooms with showers are a short walk away. There are many other buildings and shade structures on the campus that we will have access to for preparing meals, eating outside, program and free time.
100th Annual Spokane Tribal Powwow
Send letters and care packages to youth, counselors, and even staff! Please only mail through USPS. Check delivery times with your local Post Office before mailing as this location is quite remote and packages may take some time to arrive.
TBA May 2017
Emergency Phone Number
To reach the Spokane site in case of emergency, or if you are a liaison for your group call:
TBA May 2017
Directions to Spokane
To get to Spokane (actually in Wellpinit, WA), your group will need to use the map below and consult Google Maps or a similar mapping service to find the best route for your group. Input this address into your mapping system:
6403 Sherwood Addition Rd.
Wellpinit, WA 99040
Once your group is on I-231 North, consult this map:
Download the Understanding Reservations Guide to help your group learn about the community and get more out of your SSP experience. We suggest that you download the study guide, share with your group and discuss the materials during a planning meeting.
Learn about Spokane Tribe of Indians
2017 Staff in Spokane
Each site location is staffed by team of mature young adults. They are trained and present at the site for the entire summer, working with the community to provide quality service opportunities.