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April 2017: Interfaith Sanctuary events

Donating made simple: Interfaith Sanctuary has an Amazon Wish List for those who prefer to have items sent to the shelter directly.


Gimme Shelter

  • ‘Gimme Shelter’ benefit for Interfaith Sanctuary set for First Thursday, April 6 at The Record Exchange of Boise, Idaho.
  • Special event features live music, local art and a sneak preview of Interfaith Sanctuary’s Idaho Gives music video
  • Performers include Curtis Stigers, Eilen Jewell, Belinda Bowler with the Foothills School Choir, aka Belle, Rebecca Scott, Bill Coffey & Ashley Rose, Cherie Buckner-Webb
  • Original pieces by artists Mike Rogers and Rachel Teannalach available for purchase and silent auction at the event

“Gimme Shelter,” a live music and art benefit for Interfaith Sanctuary, will be held at 6 p.m. First Thursday, April 6 at The Record Exchange, 1105 W. Idaho St. in Downtown Boise. The event is free and all ages.

This special event will feature:

– Live performances by Curtis Stigers, Eilen Jewell, Belinda Bowler with the Foothills School Choir, aka Belle, Rebecca Scott, Bill Coffey & Ashley Rose, Cherie Buckner-Webb and Andy Lawless.

– A sneak preview of Interfaith Sanctuary’s new music video made for the Idaho Gives charity event in May. The music video features a song written about Interfaith Sanctuary by Stigers and Los Angeles songwriter David Poe entitled “You Are Welcome Here,” sung by Stigers and produced by Lawless.

– Art by Mike Rogers (Precious Metal Arts) and Rachel Teannalach.

Rogers has created a limited edition charm that will be sold that evening. The charm is the state of Idaho with a keyhole on top of Boise.

Four original Teannalach paintings created for the “You Are Welcome Here” video will be part of a silent auction.


TEDx Boise is April 8th, 2017 at JUMP! Jack’s Urban Meeting Place

jody tedx

Come hear Jodi Peterson tell an amazing true story and help score a huge victory for one of our guests!

After living on the streets for 14 years, the seemingly straightforward errand of obtaining a photo ID becomes a Herculean task.

Buy your ticket to TEDxBoise 2017 and take a trip into the trenches with somebody who has been jumping through hoops on behalf of the homeless for the past nine years, and open your eyes to the challenges those at our Interfaith Sanctuary Housing Services and other homeless communities face.


April 20th, 6pm at the Owyhee Hotel

Local creative professionals and businesses: mark your calendars for the 2nd annual CREATIVE GOOD Benefit auction.


Creative services will be auctioned to local businesses, with all proceeds going to Interfaith Sanctuary.

This is a great opportunity for creatives and businesses alike.

Dinner and a drink are included.

More details and registration at


yumMarch 2017 Urgent Needs:

Contact to schedule!

Looking for groups or an individual to adopt a night for a simple, protein-rich meal for our guests. 

Quality protein filled food is an issue for us.

Saturday and Sunday are our “no meals” days, as Life’s Kitchen does not bring soup on those days. 

One local teenager made chicken and veggie cups -sort of a portable chicken pot pie meets a stew, a huge hit with our guests and we got the recipe if you are interested! 

So we always hope and cross our fingers a group will adopt one night during the weekend.  It’s a fun and meaningful “donation”!


Meet 15-year-old Maloree Barbera with her brother Luke, serving up her
Meal In A Cup Creation to our Guests at Interfaith Sanctuary!

Maloree was concerned about our homeless population. She wondered if they were getting any warm meals.

She created this delicious recipe that combines chicken, potatoes, corn and cheese and makes it in easy-to-transport cups.

We want to share her Meal-in-a-cup recipe and invite others in our community to help us bring creative, delicious, nutritious meals to our guests at the shelter.

Maloree Barbera’s Meal In A Cup:

* 2 full Costco bags frozen chicken breast
-defrost & cook on stove/bbq with salt & pepper
-chop into bite size chunks

* 8 full bags frozen corn (12oz each)
* stick of butter
-pour corn into pot and defrost on low heat
-add stick of butter when heated

* 10 pounds medium/large russet potatoes
* stick of butter
* 8oz cream cheese
* 15oz sour cream
* grated cheese
-peel and roughly chop potatoes while heating large pot of water
-pour potatoes into boiling water
-once potatoes are soft (about 30min on high heat) strain water
-add butter and all of the cheeses, also a dash salt and pepper
-mix on high w/ hand mixer until creamy

* 6 cups chicken stock
* 4 tbs butter
* 1.5 cups flour
-melt butter in large saucepan (med. heat)
-once melted, mix in flour and heat until golden brown
-next add chicken broth, reduce to low heat, and mix for about 10 min and gravy will begin to thicken

* package 100 plastic 6oz cups
* package 100 plastic forks
* aluminum foil
* cardboard boxes or trays for transport
-assembly-style, layer cups with one scoop of food (we did potatoes then corn then chicken then gravy but it doesn’t really matter)
-place in cardboard boxes with a fork
-once box is full, cover in aluminum foil
-your cups are ready to feed those in need!

Another economical idea is to do burritos with chicken and rice or big batches of a healthy soup with a protein in it.  We ask for 200 servings, please.

Interfaith Sanctuary has an Amazon Wish List for those who prefer to have items sent to the shelter directly.

These much needed in-kind donations offset our shelter’s hard costs. This allows us to use funds to make building improvements, buy other essentials, pay utility bills and hire more case managers.

For all in-kind donations, we thank you!

Please deliver in-kind donations to Interfaith Sanctuary – either at the administrative offices 10-4 PM Monday through Thursday at 599 S. Americana in Boise (we are inside the Rivertime Yoga Studio) or at the physical shelter (1620 W. River Street)  AFTER 6 PM!


Call the administrative office with any business or donation questions here:


Any guest related questions or other calls for the shelter specifically please call:

208-343-2630 (after 6 PM)