Raising the Roof benefit for Sojourners’ Alliance


In Moscow, the Sojourners’ Alliance is starting to get back on its feet. Executive director Steven Bonnar expects the office to be back up and running by next week, but the building as a whole won’t be back to its full capabilities for a while longer. Original estimates were for rebuilding to be completed by September, but Bonnar said it could be as early as July. There is still extensive damage and soot inside.

“The initial estimate after depreciation is about $203,000 I think on the main building,” explained Bonner. “But it’s likely going to be a lot higher. How far the insurance covers, I’m not sure as things unfold. I do know we definitely are hitting a pitfall.”

Because of that unknown cost of repair and pitfall, the community is coming together to help. This Friday, February 9, the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Palouse will host a benefit event for Sojourners’ Alliance. The event will run from 6:00PM until 10:00PM. There will be music, performances, food and drinks will be provided. There is a $20.00 recommended donation. Everyone is encouraged to donate anything they can, even if that means only a dollar. All proceeds will go towards rebuilding the region’s only long term homeless shelter.

Former Sojourners resident Matthew Rieche remains in the Latah County Jail as his case goes through the justice system. He is charged with first-degree arson. On the night of the fire he told police he heard voices. He told investigators he started the fire, and failed to tell the other residents to get out. Bail amount is set at $100,000.

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