St John's Cathedral exists, not just to serve those within its walls, but also people in the Spokane community and throughout the world. Many of our members serve on local boards and are active in a variety of service organizations. As a church, we are involved in a wide variety of ministries.
The Windfall Thrift Shop ~ 1024 S. Perry Street ~ open Tuesday thru Saturday, 1pm-6pm ~ phone 534-3888
A Short History of the Windfall Thrift Shop
In the 1960's the women of St. John's opened The Windfall in the little windmill building on south Perry Street. Over the years that building became too small and so The Windfall was moved to its present location at 1024 South Perry.
The ministry of the The Windfall was originally begun to provide low cost clothing, shoes, household items, books, and miscellaneous items to the residents of the South Perry / Grant neighborhood. These items are donated mostly by members of the parish although anyone is invited to donate. Today, with the quality merchandise and the fabulously low prices we find we cater to a wide range of customers, including students, deal shoppers, neighbors, immigrants, and even other thrift shops!!!
Think of The Windfall the next time you lose 20 lbs and need to clean out your closet. Stop by to have a look and watch for notices of our famous $5.00 bag sales!
We have one part-time paid manager, and the rest of the work is done by volunteers.
Our Outreach Committee continually looks for needs in our community and coordinates financial and hands-on support for those needs, including the following Spokane-area programs:
This committee also sponsors events in coordination with Cathedral programs to raise additional funds for outreach purposes.
Additionally, St John's has a partnership with St Andres School in Cazale, Haiti.
Marsden Scholarships. Endowed by the estate of long-time Cathedral member Dorothy Marsden, these scholarships are established to help high school graduates residing within the Episcopal Diocese of Spokane to attend competitive colleges and universities. A committee of the Cathedral Chapter determines scholarships to be awarded the spring of each year. The application deadline is April 1, 2013.
St. John's Properties. Established in 1973 as a separate corporation with board members named by the Cathedral Chapter, the mission of St. John's Properties is to provide affordable housing for elderly people in the Spokane area, currently maintaining 244 apartments eligible for subsidy, 125 at Canterbury Court, 1010 South Rockwood Blvd., and 119 at Winchester Court, 4100 North Cook Street.
Youth Group Mission Trip. Each year our Youth Group raises funds for and embarks on a mission trip to help with a project for which focused volunteer work is needed, donating their own time and labor.
Book Store and Gift Shop. The Cathedral Book Store and Gift Shop, operating for 25+ years, makes available specialty educational and inspirational items not readily available elsewhere.
Stephen R. Novak Foundation - Creating Hope, Making a Difference
This Foundation was created in memory of the founder of Far East Handicrafts, Steve Novak (1967 - 1995). Steve founded the company in 1988 after traveling to the Far East. He became especially fond of the people of Nepal and began to import native handicrafts and Tibetan Buddhist ritual items. Over the years, close friendships were established with the craftspeople and Steve saw many opportunities to sponsor projects which would contribute to the health and well-being of the Nepali people.
After Steve's sudden death in an accident in an abandoned mine in Idaho, Far East Handicrafts has continued and expanded these projects in the spirit in which Steve began them. This separate, non-profit foundation was created to provide a means for people to give tax-deductible contributions to the many projects of Far East Handicrafts in Nepal.
Education The Foundation sponsors a hill tribe school, the Shree Mahankal Primary School. We supply their school supplies and have enabled an additional building to be built as well as toilets and landscaping to prevent damage from monsoon run-off.
Free Eye Care and Cataract Surgery The Foundation is a member of the Joy Foundation Nepal, which works in conjunction with the Tilganga Eye Centre of Kathmandu to provide free eye care and cataract surgery to the poorest of the people of Nepal living in remote regions where they cannot afford such care. Nepali doctors, nurses and technicians from the Tilgonga Eye Centre offer their time. The Joy Foundation provides ffood and shelter for the hundreds of patients that will walk for days with the assistance of family and friends to receive eye care.