The Interfaith Sanctuary provides:
Emergency Shelter Program provides overnight shelter each night of the year for up to 160 men, women and children who are experiencing homelessness. Shelter services are available from 6:00pm – 7:00am daily (8:00am on Sunday), and are supplemented by light dinners provided in partnership with Life’s Kitchen and the Idaho Foodbank. Single men and women have separate sleeping facilities in the shelter while sharing a common dining/recreation hall. Families are housed in another section of the shelter and share their own hospitality room.
A Supportive Services Program designed to create a very focused assessment from shelter entry to shelter exit. Their caseworkers assess the needs of our guests through the STEP program then connect them with the appropriate community partners serving the homeless population.
1620 W. RIVER STREET, BOISE ID 83702
Phone: (208) 343-2630 after 6:00pm, or during the daytime to leave a message.
Hours: 5:30pm – 7:00am Monday-Saturday and until 8:00am on Sunday. (PLEASE NOTE: The shelter is closed during the day. However, if scheduled in advance, it is possible to make arrangements for a drop-off or visit.)
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“I first started volunteering because of my church. I asked Dan which night they needed me the most and he said Monday. I volunteer because I figure this has as much impact as anything else that our church does. I like it when we get out into the community. I enjoy it. I’ve been doing it for four or five years. I like the contact with people, the other Sarah and the people who come through. What originally drew me to Sanctuary where all the religious faiths that are behind it. I think their needs to be more of that.”
“I started volunteering Christmas Eve about two years ago. I volunteer because I want to do something for the community. I’ve been doing some things for the homeless since my kids were young. I wanted them to see that it could happen to anybody and I wanted them to know that you shouldn’t treat anybody differently. I like how Sanctuary treats people. I like that there aren’t so many requirements. Everybody here is as much a part of the community as anyone else. The stigma surrounding this group of people is sad.”
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