On the Northside of Spokane, in the Hillyard neighborhood, Northwest Connect offers people a local food bank, non food pantry items like soap, dish soap, shampoo and other toiletries as well as summer day programs for children. Because the Hillard neighborhood has the lowest per capita income of any neighborhood in Washington state, the work of Northwest Connect is especially important. Several members of IntelliTect's team volunteer at Northwest Connect with the non-food pantry on a regular basis. We also provide some financial backing to Northwest Connect so they can consistently keep the services open for the people of Hillyard who need support. At the invitation of Northwest Connect, IntelliTect's founder and Chief Technical Architect Mark Michaelis serves on the Board of Trustees for Northwest Connect. Mark's presence on the Board of NW Connect is important because of his expertise[...] Read more
Spokane Valley Partners Resource Center is the single location, “one stop shopping” facility for people experiencing poverty in the Spokane Valley. They have a well stocked food bank, a clothing bank, routine medical support and counseling available, utility assistance and job counseling along with other services. IntelliTect is proud to work with Spokane Valley Partners because of the efficient manner in which they serve the neediest people of Spokane Valley. Our employees volunteer their time and talents at Spokane Valley Partners in a variety of ways. We also gave specific financial support to the new community garden being built by Spokane Valley Partners so their food bank has a reliable and consistent source of fresh vegetables. Our community needs the proactive poverty prevention work done by the volunteers at Spokane Valley Partners and IntelliTect is proud to join with them. Together we are making a difference. Read more
Hearth Homes is a home for Moms and children in poverty or seeking safety from domestic violence. Hearth Homes has two houses located next door to each other on an acre of land in the Spokane Valley. These two houses have space for up to eight Moms and their children and a live in house manager. While the women are staying at Hearth Homes they have access to parenting classes, substance abuse, financial and personal issue counseling, and all of the personal growth that comes from living with other families. The acre of fenced outdoor space gives these women and their children a place to walk, garden, play, and exercise. Hearth Homes is also important to IntelliTect because we have several employees who volunteer there including one who gives time as a member of their trustee board. Read more
IntelliTect provides support to Union Gospel Mission and Anna Ogden Hall to join their work serving the men, women and children who are homeless in our community. UGM provides short and long term shelter, protection from domestic violence, access to food, clothing and other necessities as well as substance abuse counseling and job training. They also operate a long term shelter in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho for women and children to receive counseling, housing and other support programs. UGM offers job placement to people who complete training and counseling in their thrift stores and automotive repair and sales businesses. Read more
IntelliTect is deeply committed to using a significant portion of our profits to improve the quality of life for people in poverty around the world. We designate some of our time, talent and profits for projects in our local communities of Spokane and Spokane Valley, Washington. We also target debilitating poverty by funding projects around the world. The following guidelines help us determine what type of projects to fund and in which locations to focus our time and energy.
IntelliTect chooses to fund projects that focus on the most desperate poverty. People in the communities we partner with often survive on less than a few dollars a day. Many of them lack access to clean water, sufficient food, safe shelter, and sanitation facilities. Many have no income at all.
Our international projects improve access to basic life needs like water, food, shelter,sanitation, health[...] Read more
IntelliTect's latest project with IAssist began when we heard the Sawla Children's Home in Sawla, Ghana needed a new building. Many of the children in the home were attending school for the first time and a larger school building could offer more children the same opportunity. During 2012, IntelliTect and IAssist joined with local leaders to build a new residential school on six acres that will be also be used for agriculture. This school is nearing completion and will be operational soon. The agricultural land will be used to train school children in farming techniques and to provide food for the people attending the school. Sawla Children's Home is one of our most exciting projects. The images below were taken as the new school and well were built in 2012. As you can see, the children of Sawla desperately[...] Read more
Partners International is a unique Christian aid organization dedicated to giving assistance to local aid groups around the world. Rather than sending people from the US to areas struggling with poverty, Partners International provides instructional and financial support to local leaders. IntelliTect has joined with Partners International to provide basic needs kits to aid groups in difficult to serve regions like the Horn of Africa. The local aid workers are able to distribute basic life needs like food, drinking water, tents, immunizations and medical attention. These local groups are able to bring help even in regions inaccessible to international aid groups because of unstable governments or threats of terrorism. IntelliTect is pleased to help Partners International work in difficult to serve places like[...] Read more
Food for the Hungry is best known for its work as a primary food and medicine distributor for USAid in Africa. In 2009, IntelliTect was invited to join Food for the Hungry as they built the New Life Center in Uganda to provide protection, counseling, job skills, and other support to women and families devastated by the civil war in Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. This conflict has been on-going for decades and is sometimes known as “Joseph Kony’s War”. The trained locals and Food for the Hungry staff at New Life Center have provided medical, social, emotional and spiritual help to more than 1200 child mothers (Mothers under 18 years old) and 4800 children who were severely impacted by the civil war. These women were served through a residential program as well as a community[...] Read more
IntelliTect is excited to help fund the Water, Sanitation, and Health (WASH) program in Kirindon, Kenya. The community of Kirindon, which is about 250 miles west of Nairobi, is a rural, poverty stricken community that has been severely lacking in access to clean drinking water and proper sanitation. World Vision’s WASH project has made great progress toward reducing the number of water borne diseases by bringing clean drinking water and latrines to schools, hospitals and many homes in the community. This is a multi-year project that will change the quality of life for tens of thousands of people in this region of Kenya. An interesting aspect of this work is that World Vision hires and trains local community leaders to plan, manage, implement and assess the success of the WASH program. This[...] Read more
IntelliTect partners with Compassion International to bring basic life needs, education and counseling to children and their Moms around the world. Some of our employees have chosen to join Compassion International's worldwide child-sponsorship program that matches families with a child in poverty. Our employees trade letters, pictures and special gifts back and forth between themselves and their sponsor children. As a company, IntelliTect has chosen to be the sponsor of two Child Survival Programs in sub-Saharan Africa. These Child Survival Programs combat the high rate of infant mortality by teaching skills and strategies to mothers and families so they can raise their infant children successfully. These programs provide necessary food and materials to help ensure the health of these[...] Read more