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Transitions Programs for Women Receives Grant for Low-Income Job Training Initiative
Avista Foundation grants announced for Q2 2010


Spokane-based Transitional Programs for Women has received a donation of $2,000 from the Avista Foundation in its second quarter 2010 round of grants. The grant will support the New Leaf Bakery-Café Job Training Program that helps homeless and low income women gain work readiness skills to overcome the barriers to mainstream employment.


“The New Leaf program is a unique service that offers on-the-job food service training for women who are coming out of some of the most dire circumstances of abuse, addictions and poverty. At the same time, it is a collaborative effort, supporting private and city programs to address poverty and unemployment in our community,” said Sheila Fitzgerald, program director for Transitions.


“The New Leaf program is a wonderful example of a win-win situation. The women in the program receive valuable work training and experience, helping them to gain confidence and skills to step up out of poverty. At the same time, the customers of the café are enjoying the delicious soups and baked goods that are produced by these dedicated employees,” said Anne Marie Axworthy, president of the Avista Foundation.


The New Leaf Bakery-Café is located in Spokane at 5th and Division, inside Catholic Charities. For more information about Transitional Programs for Women, visit http://www.help4women.org.   


Avista Foundation’s Second Quarter 2010 Grants






Kids Unlimited of Oregon

Medford, Ore.


Facility Expansion

Shoshone Community Health Clinic

Osburn, Idaho


General support-medical/dental services


American Red Cross, Inland Northwest Chapter

Spokane, WA


Capacity Building


Moscow Chamber Foundation

Moscow, Idaho


Facility Improvement

Transitions Programs for Women: New Leaf Bakery-Café

Spokane, WA


Job training program

Umpqua Valley Tennis Center

Roseburg, Ore.


Low income youth sports

The Alliance House

Moscow, Idaho


Facility improvement



About the Avista Foundation

The Avista Foundation, established in 2002, focuses its giving on grants that strengthen communities and enhance the quality of life for people served by Avista Utilities in eastern Washington, northern Idaho, southern Oregon and Sanders County, Montana. The foundation focuses its giving in the areas of:

·         education – K-12 education particularly in the fields of science, math and technology; and higher education including scholarships,

·         vulnerable and limited income populations – providing assistance to those on limited incomes and support for initiatives to reduce poverty,

·         economic and cultural vitality – supporting projects that help communities and citizens to grow and prosper.


Information on the Avista Foundation is available at www.avistafoundation.org . The Avista Foundation is a separate, non-profit organization established by Avista Corp. The foundation does not receive funding from Avista Utilities ratepayers.


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