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Providence Honors McCarron With Sister Peter Claver Award

October 15, 2012

SPC1smSpokane, WA—On October 10, Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center & Children’s Hospital held its 20th annual Sister Peter Claver Humanitarian Award program to honor individuals who reflect Sister’s compassion and humanitarian leadership. Sister Peter Claver was Sacred Heart’s administrator and a beloved community leader for 24 years.

The 2012 Humanitarian Award winner is Ed McCarron, director of the House of Charity.

Ed has made a positive impact on the lives of thousands of visitors to Spokane’s downtown homeless shelter. As one of the most knowledgeable leaders in the State on the topic of homelessness, he has been integral in addressing the impact it has on the Spokane community. Nominators said McCarron knows the names and personal stories of those who come to the House of Charity, and his friendship and compassion has infused otherwise hopeless people with confidence and inspiration to turn their lives around.

Upon accepting the award, McCarron said it really belonged “to all the staff and volunteers who serve at the House of Charity.” He began his service to the mission as a Jesuit volunteer, then staff member, and has been the director for the last 16 years.

Other nominees for the 2012 Sister Peter Claver Spokane Humanitarian Award include:

  • Phyllis Homes, former City Council member and community organizer.
  • Sister Ann Pizelo, director of Our Place community ministry in the West Central neighborhood.
  • Mark Rypien, former NFL quarterback whose Rypien Foundation supports many local charities dedicated to improving the lives of children battling disease.
  • Larry Stuckart, director of Spokane Neighborhood Action Partners (SNAP), who has been dedicated to addressing the causes and effects of poverty in our community.
  • Mary Tyllia, community volunteer who cooks meals for those in poverty-stricken neighborhoods and responds to the needs of many local service agencies.

Providence congratulates all of these individuals for making such a positive difference in our community. For more information about the Sister Peter Claver Humanitarian Award, call (509) 474-3081.


Many of Ed McCarron's friends, family and coworkers were on hand to congratulate the director of the Spokane House of Charity for winning the 20th annual Sister Peter Claver Humanitarian Award.