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Spokane woman uses power of listening to bring hope

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SPOKANE, Wash. -

One conversation. What if one conversation was all it took to make a difference?

That's why Carly Cloer has spent the last two days on the corner of Hamilton and Desmet.

“So I figure why not start with one conversation?” said Cloer. “You never know, that could be the catalyst to them asking for help or going to find help.”

Cloer doesn’t chase people down or use a megaphone to get her message across. Instead, she sits in a lawn chair, holding a white piece of poster board inked in red with the words “I’m here to LISTEN.”

“It’s not about me,” said Cloer. “It’s about listening to people.”

The idea started several years ago. Cloer says it's simple: Offer no advice and be curious.

“I feel like as humans we really want to help people by fixing things,” said Cloer. “Oh, you have a problem? Let me offer a solution. Sometimes people just really want to vent.”

Cloer’s sign includes #MentalHealth, #SuicidePrevention, #YouMatter, and #FreeHugs.

“I feel like sometimes a hug is all people need,” said Coker.

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