Sep 25, 2020
Rebecca Gershenson Smith, Board Chair CDAIDE
CDAIDE serves those working in Coeur d’Alene-area restaurants and hotels by providing resources and emergency financial assistance, as well as building positive relationships.  
Hospitality workers form one of the hardest-working yet most fragile groups in our community. Whether they are servers, cooks, dishwashers, cleaners, receptionists, or others, they often struggle with limited income and assets, lack of insurance, and an absence of the resources their families need.
In our area, many face a seasonal work cycle, with a long winter of reduced work and pay. Unexpected medical expenses, auto breakdown, or a lapsed rent payment can spell crisis, even homelessness or job loss, for them. Until now, they were not being served by any specific organization.   Our support may include financial aid for urgent needs, access to health care, connection to community resources, mentoring, counseling, and other measures to meet individual needs. All of our services are offered with no strings attached.

Rebecca Gershenson Smith, Board Chair, teaches English at Gonzaga University and has extensive experience in nonprofit development. She has founded or co-founded a number of nonprofit organizations, including the Downtown Baltimore Family Alliance, the Patterson Park Public Charter School, and the Baltimore Education Coalition. In Coeur d’Alene, where she has lived since 2011, Rebecca co-founded the Coeur d’Alene Education Partnership and Raising Idaho Standards for Education, and she serves on the board for Growing the STEM, which plants after-school math and science programs in our local public schools. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Brown University and a PhD in English Language and Literature from the University of Michigan.