Jessica Kovac working as a server in an upscale restaurant, used her tips and joy and never knew her life would never be the same.
After years of struggle in her own life Jessica found herself on the verge of divorce after 17 years of marriage. 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, restored her marriage and encouraged others to join her.
Jessica’s husband Mike was skeptical on many levels but as she kept serving his life changed too. Four Saturdays later they became a team making friendships with many homeless and less fortunate. Soon they had decided to bring Christmas to the “Living Rooms” of the homeless and on December 22, 2007 the first annual Blessings Under The Bridge event was born.
Blessings Under The Bridge was founded on a Saturday morning
in the fall of 2007.
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Over 12 years later they served over 100,000 in Spokane, WA, along with California and Hawaii and plan to continue the mission to Feed, Clothe, Serve, Love and bring Spokane even more Blessings Under the Bridge.
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.
In July 2011 they also held their 1st annual summer event. These events have brought over 1000 people together. This past December was their 10th annual winter event. Blessings Under the Bridge is looking forward to many more annual events in their future.
One major blessing occurred as their lives intersected with a 58-year old homeless man named Homer Hill, who was living under the freeway bridge. Over the next three years Homer and Mike became close as the Kovac’s labored to set Homer on a road of recovery. In September, 2010 Jessica and Mike had the honor of reuniting Homer with his daughter and son. He had not seen them for 28 years his family believing him to be dead. Continue reading…
Homer is just one of many stories that came about all because of a Blessed Brown Bag. Today through their weekly feeds (every Wednesday night, under the freeway overpass at 4th & McClellan) , summer and winter events they have been able to allow others to take part in the amazing blessings. They have many success stories from reuniting the homeless with families, building relationships and bringing hope.
In September 2014, Mike and Jessica’s story was featured in the “Angelina issue” of People Magazine!
"Through God and unconditional hope, we endeavor to reach, bless, and offer love to the homeless and less fortunate by restoring purpose and dignity to the hearts of the homeless in our community and the communities around the world ” ( We are not a religious organization, we are proudly faith based. )
Jessica & Mike Kovac