A Brief History

The Spokane Coordinating Council on Alcoholism which changed its name to Spokane Addiction Recovery Centers (SPARC), was founded in the early 1960’s by a group of concerned citizens seeking to find a way to treat the homeless chronic alcoholic.  SPARC began providing support and treatment services on the streets and at a storefront location in downtown Spokane.

The non-profit organization was founded with the premise that SPARC should have perpetual existence, belonging to the community, owned by no entity or individual, and with the business affairs managed by a volunteer Board of Directors, or members.  All proceeds, fees, and reimbursements for SPARC services are directed to consumer care.  Today, the SPARC campus includes a multi-level continuum of care.