About

Vision and Services

Vanessa Behan’s vision is to provide immediate refuge for children and support to strengthen families. This evolved from the tragic story of Vanessa Kay Behan, a Spokane girl who died from child abuse injuries at the age of two. Following her death, a group of local business people established our organization so that parents would have a safe place to bring their children in the face of crises. Our primary services are:

  • 24-hour child care for infants and children under the age of seven
  • Parent education
  • Crisis counseling for parents
  • Referrals to other community agencies

Who We Help

Vanessa Behan helps parents who are having difficulty providing safe shelter and care for their children. They may be dealing with issues as complex as substance abuse, domestic violence and homelessness. Or, they may just be exhausted and worn-out from the demands of parenting.

Want to learn more about how you can help?

Come for a visit!


We invite any potential volunteers or supporters* to come in for a visit and see Vanessa Behan for yourself!  We offer monthly group visits every 4th Wednesday of the month, but can also work with your schedule.

Appointments are required to visit as well as signing a confidentiality form when you arrive.   To arrange, contact Jenifer priest at (509)340-0486 or at jenifer@vanessabehan.org

*These visits exclude active and future users of Vanessa Behan.  If you are a current or prospective user and have questions, please contact intake at (509)535-3155.