About Us

Reach, Reflect, Connect

After 15 years of serving the homeless, Blessings Under The Bridge has now crossed over “Beyond!” the Bridge. We are now officially Blessings And Beyond! On February 1, 2023 we officially became the meal provider for the new Trent Resource and Assistance Center (TRAC). Every day we prep, cook, bake, and deliver 1,200 meals. We also provide clothing, hygiene, special events, compassion, and love to the guests staying there. To keep our roots, Blessings still provides volunteer opportunities every Wednesday. We have been working on several other exciting projects and programs to reach more within our community. This includes Lockers Of Love, which is a patent pending, biometric, fingerprint locker with a built-in mailbox, USB port, and power outlet. This referral-based resource will help others rebuild and restore their identity. 

Blessings & Beyond (B&B) is a local and faith-based nonprofit in Spokane, WA serving meals and more at the Trent Resource and Assistance Center (TRAC). It was founded in 2007 by Jessica Kovac under the previous name, Blessings Under The Bridge (BUTB). On a cold Saturday morning, 40 Brown Bags, a case of water, and a passion to simply love and help the homeless in Spokane quickly grew into the largest community-building event in Spokane. Previously serving under the I-90 bridge, B&B is now partnered with the Salvation Army to bring hope to our homeless friends by providing practical resources and the love of Christ under a warm roof, within a safe environment. Our organization is 100% funded by the kind and generous sponsors, donors, and others who support us. We have served, helped, and blessed over 250,000 lives to date. Our B&B Family consists of a growing staff of full-time and part-time employees, a small board, and a fruitful group of leaders and volunteers. We have grown tremendously over the years and expanded our heart’s mission on many levels.

Blessings & Beyond (B&B) is a local and faith-based nonprofit in Spokane, WA serving meals and more at the Trent Resource and Assistance Center (TRAC). It was founded in 2007 by Jessica Kovac under the previous name, Blessings Under The Bridge (BUTB). On a cold Saturday morning, 40 Brown Bags, a case of water, and a passion to simply love and help the homeless in Spokane quickly grew into the largest community-building event in Spokane. Previously serving under the I-90 bridge, B&B is now partnered with the Salvation Army to bring hope to our homeless friends by providing practical resources and the love of Christ under a warm roof, within a safe environment. Our organization is 100% funded by the kind and generous sponsors, donors, and others who support us. We have served, helped, and blessed over 250,000 lives to date. Our B&B Family consists of a growing staff of full-time and part-time employees, a small board, and a fruitful group of leaders and volunteers. We have grown tremendously over the years and expanded our heart’s mission on many levels.

We have extended our mission that goes “beyond” the bridge and provides support to Bowdish Middle School and Family Promise of Spokane. Our desire and intent is to move others to LIVE LOVE and SERVE! To donate click one of our donation options below (PayPal link available to mobile users only) or send us your blessing to our operations facility located at 10212 E 9th ave #600 Spokane Valley, WA, 99214 We are located behind Valley Christian School off 10th and Herald

Coming In 2024

In the Spring of 2024, we will open our new catering and event space called Blessed Catering & Events. 100% of all our profits will go directly back into the community to help anyone in need as well as support local ministries and non-profits. We will have more information available on this website soon. Look for our new name and logo on our trucks, apparel, and new facility at 12928 E. Mansfield Ave. in Spokane Valley. We are excited for this next season and to go Beyond, wherever it takes us!

Our Mission

Through God and unconditional love, we endeavor to reach, bless, and support the less fortunate and homeless by restoring purpose and provision for those in need in our community and communities around the world.

Our Mission

Through God and unconditional love, we endeavor to reach, bless, and support the less fortunate and homeless by restoring purpose and provision for those in need in our community and communities around the world.

Our Core Family

"Big John" Villaro

Community Engagement

Payton Sieveke

Barista

Nate Wright

Barista

Angels Of The Kitchen

Mary Bishop

Cook

Renee Gomez

Cook

Sadie Clark

Cook

OUR STORY

October 2007

The Beginning Of Blessings

Jessica Kovac, working as a server in an upscale restaurant, used her tips and joy to bless others. She knew her life would never be the same. Her spirit was alive as she felt God stirring her to help those in search of hope on the downtown streets of Spokane, Washington. Knowing this was something beyond her, she trusted God’s guidance and prepared 40 brown bags along with a case of water. On that cold October morning, she stepped out in faith. The Blessed Brown Bag was born that day. That step has since changed her life and encouraged others to join her.

December 22, 2007

1st Winter Event Serves Over 400 People

Soon, the team had decided to bring Christmas to the “Living Rooms” of the homeless and the first annual Blessings Under The Bridge event was born. With linens on the tables a hot gourmet brunch and dozens of volunteers, they served on the pavement under the freeway of downtown Spokane. Since then the “Blessings” have been unending.

June, 2010

Blessings Under The Bridge Becomes An Official Non-Profit

July, 2011

1st Annual Summer Event

Over the years, these events have brought over 1,000 people together. 

September, 2011

BUTB Gets Their First Building

March, 2012

BUTB Serves Their First Hot Meals

April, 2013

BUTB Receives Their First Vehicle

June, 2014

2014 Winner Of Small Non-Profit

BUTB is named winner of Small Non-Profit Of The Year, Greater Spokane

April, 2015

TED Talk

June 2015

Hoopfest Team Established

Created the first and only Homeless basketball team to play in Hoopfest

October, 2015

Microsoft Annual Give

BUTB officially becomes part of Microsoft’s Annual Give campaign.

December 2016

1st Difference Maker Of Spokane (Spokesman Review)

April, 2017

Lifetime Show: Live Life Forward

July 2018

1st Wedding Under The Bridge

August, 2018

Mobile Medical Clinic Reveal: Molina Healthcare

May 2019

Blessings Under The Bridge And Beyond Pilot Program

February 1, 2023

New Name – New Mission

Blessings has now crossed over beyond the bridge! We are now officially Blessings And Beyond! On Feb. 1, 2023 we officially became the new meal provider for the new shelter on Trent.  We are knocking out 6,000 hot, hearty, and heartfelt meals every week, doing what we do best! Events, Resources, Movies, Music, Books, Clothing, Hygiene – anything we can do to bring the love! A big thank you goes out to Major Ken and Michelle Christie of the Salvation Army who facilitates the shelter, for welcoming us into a platform that is completely new to the Blessings family!

May 2024

Ribbon Cutting & Grand Opening

After much preparation, coordination, and anticipation, we welcomed the public to our tour our new building. On May 2nd we were joined by members of Greater Spokane Inc. (GSI) for our official Ribbon Cutting Ceremony. One week later, on May 10th, we opened our doors to the public through our Grand Opening Celebration, which was a fun time of music, food, and fellowship. It was our joy to visit with people who have served with us and supported us for years along with many new friends who have expressed their interest in our mission and journey. 

October 2007

The Beginning Of Blessings

Jessica Kovac, working as a server in an upscale restaurant, used her tips and joy to bless others. She knew her life would never be the same. Her spirit was alive as she felt God stirring her to help those in search of hope on the downtown streets of Spokane, Washington. Knowing this was something beyond her, she trusted God’s guidance and prepared 40 brown bags along with a case of water. On that cold October morning, she stepped out in faith. The Blessed Brown Bag was born that day. That step has since changed her life and encouraged others to join her.

October 2007

December 22, 2007

1st Winter Event Serves Over 400 People

Soon, the team had decided to bring Christmas to the “Living Rooms” of the homeless and the first annual Blessings Under The Bridge event was born. With linens on the tables a hot gourmet brunch and dozens of volunteers, they served on the pavement under the freeway of downtown Spokane. Since then the “Blessings” have been unending.

December 22, 2007

June, 2010

Blessings Under The Bridge Becomes An Official Non-Profit

June, 2010

July, 2011

1st Annual Summer Event

Over the years, these events have brought over 1,000 people together. 

July, 2011

September, 2011

BUTB Gets Their First Building

September, 2011

March, 2012

BUTB Serves Their First Hot Meals

March, 2012

April, 2013

BUTB Receives Their First Vehicle

April, 2013

June, 2014

2014 Winner Of Small Non-Profit

BUTB is named winner of Small Non-Profit Of The Year, Greater Spokane

June, 2014

April, 2015

TED Talk

April, 2015

June 2015

Hoopfest Team Established

Created the first and only Homeless basketball team to play in Hoopfest

June 2015

October, 2015

Microsoft Annual Give

BUTB officially becomes part of Microsoft’s Annual Give campaign.

October, 2015

December 2016

1st Difference Maker Of Spokane (Spokesman Review)

December 2016

April, 2017

Lifetime Show: Live Life Forward

April, 2017

July 2018

1st Wedding Under The Bridge

July 2018

August, 2018

Mobile Medical Clinic Reveal: Molina Healthcare

August, 2018

May 2019

Blessings Under The Bridge And Beyond Pilot Program

May 2019

February 1, 2023

New Name – New Mission

Blessings has now crossed over beyond the bridge! We are now officially Blessings And Beyond! On Feb. 1, 2023 we officially became the new meal provider for the new shelter on Trent.  We are knocking out 6,000 hot, hearty, and heartfelt meals every week, doing what we do best! Events, Resources, Movies, Music, Books, Clothing, Hygiene – anything we can do to bring the love! A big thank you goes out to Major Ken and Michelle Christie of the Salvation Army who facilitates the shelter, for welcoming us into a platform that is completely new to the Blessings family!

February 1, 2023

JOIN US!

We have many ways for you to get involved. Select an option below to find out more!

Donate

Your generous gift supports weekly events and community support.

Volunteer

Serve or help to prepare a weekly meal event or other special event.

Drop Off

Provide gently used items at one of our various drop off locations.

Sponsor

Participate in a team building event that will feed over 350 people.