A Peace of My Mind: Rusty Barnett


Brooke Bredeson

Document Type


Publication Date



Rusty Barnett has served as program director of Hope House emergency women’s shelter in Spokane, Washington since 2002. As program director, she is an advocate for homeless women, constantly responding to their needs when many other shelters would deny them care due to substance abuse, mental health issues and victimization from domestic violence. She also supervises staff and volunteers, oversees building maintenance, and directs permanent supportive housing for low-income women. In addition, she is a volunteer at the Department of Health Services, acting as a liaison between social workers and families. Interview by Brooke Bredeson May 2012