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From small beginnings, how we came to be.
The ORION Project, Epic Advocacy began as an idea. It started when a friend of mine was ejected from a half-way house for violating their alcohol use policy. Not wanting to see her on the streets, I took it upon myself to find a local shelter to taker her in. I took her to the shelter, and it was here that I met other homeless individuals and began to learn their stories. I had an epiphany; not everyone living on the streets is an addict or lazy, nor do many of them fit the negative stereotypes we are taught to believe. It was because of this that I set out to get to know more of these individuals. I learned that they all had many reasons that they were on the streets and in poverty. There were many who had lost their jobs and wanted to work, as well as people with serious medical issues that had fallen through the cracks and were failed by the system. The idea that I was able to change my mind, as stubborn as I could be, was a wonderful experience. I set out to change other people’s minds by showing them the truth. I found that it is more challenging than anything that I have ever done. When I first set out to make ORION a nonprofit, I failed more than a handful of times as my knowledge of how to get started was lacking. I learned from my mistakes. I pulled myself back up, improved on the dream, and made notes on what worked and what didn’t. Four Boards of Directors and six years later, after countless hours of research and communicating my dream to others, it has come to fruition. ORION, which started out in my mind as a simple idea, has grown into something that I hope will plant similar ideas into the hearts and minds of men and women everywhere. -Jesse
Board member, Founder, and Executive DirectorJesse is the founder of the project. He has been active in the community for years working with various nonprofits in helping those that are in poverty and those that are living on the streets. He has worked with the region’s Homeless Connect as their Volunteer coordinator since it’s inception about four years ago. Jesse is also the host of the talk show “The science of poverty” on KYRS, a local full power FM station here in Spokane. A fierce advocate for our vulnerable populations in the region.
Chief Administrative OfficerSusan, Administrative Officer, has been with The ORION Project Epic Advocacy since 2010. She is currently pursuing an Administrative Assistant degree at Spokane Community College.
Board member, C.O.O.
Board MemberSusie Villaro is the newest member of the board. Her enthusiasm and ability to learn about our vulnerable populations serve her well in her position. Her passion for outreach, and giving a voice to the underserved amazes many.
TreasurerJaylan has been with the Project for about a half a year now. He has taken up the Human rights advocacy arm of the ORION Project for his advocacy. Board member, and Treasurer. and good friend of those in need.
Help make the world a better place for all. Give your time by helping with simple outreach, formulating policy on the Board of Directors, planning events, teaching others about poverty, researching demographics, advocating for our vulnerable populations--there is plenty to do. We also offer internships for students or those looking to gain valuable work experience.
Gain valuable experience in helping others while learning what is needed to operate a 501c3. College credit is possible depending on the program you are studying.
Creating policy, operating procedures, making decisions on the future of the organization, developing projects, there is always something to do. Contact us today for more information.
"We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give."
"No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted."
I have seen great acts of kindness from all manner of souls. It is in our compassion that we learn and teach others to take care of one another. In the end, all we have is each other. Thank you for your donation of time, money, ideas, or even a kind share.