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Our first Pop-Up Thrift Shop was a huge success: THANK YOU BOISE!

popthiftOur very first Pop-Up Thrift shop idea came from a brainstorming session over coffee with Development director Jodi Peterson asking, ‘wouldn’t it be amazing if we could make a festive store experience for our guests to ‘shop’ and get ready for the cold months?’

We all agreed, and we went to the local media full force – and they responded!

Tammy Scardino from KIVI, Morgan Boydston from KTVB and all the wonderful reporters at Idaho Statesman and Idaho Business Review did great pieces informing you about our vision.

Not only the media responded, but Albertsons, the people at Jitasa, the Women and Children’s Alliance and Tracy Olson helped us enormously with donated racks for display and donated clothing too.

Despite an ominous forecast, it turned out that we had a fabulous sunny day.

But none of it could have happened without all of you, Boise citizens, who responded to our press and came to our American Terrace administrative offices in droves.

Boy did y’all clean out those closets!

You brought fantastic gently used and even some new clothing for our homeless population.

We received clothing your own children had outgrown plus new socks, and warm outerwear no longer needed, plus shoes and boots all for our homeless population to gear up for a cold winter on the streets.

pop-upBut the giving spirit of our community takes the edge off of the bitterness of the season.

We are so very grateful for all those who support us. And who care for their fellow man and woman who are less fortunate.

Every community of faith and those who are not affiliated with any religions turned out in force for a common good.

There are many reasons why people struggle with homelessness.

Did you know that the biggest factor for someone losing their home is a loss of a job?

For those who stepped in and did something for their fellow Boisean in need, please know that your small or large act has a profound meaning and the repercussions of that act created an energy that is palpable.

Thank you!


We love you, Boise!


Thank you Bardenay Restaurant & Distillery – Eagle

Thank you to Bardenay Restaurant & Distillery – Eagle and everyone that helped make the Bardenay Charity Night hosted for Interfaith Sanctuary last Monday a success! They raised $1,300.00 for our Shelter guests! It was a great opportunity to share what we do at Interfaith and how we serve our guests.

“At Bardenay Restaurant and Distillery, we’re invested in our communities. Whether giving back to the citizens and organizations of Boise, Eagle and Coeur d’Alene or serving as a leader in Idaho’s restaurant industry, Bardenay is fully involved. We love Idaho and we’re committed to improving and maintaining our state’s way of life. The goal of Charity Nights at Bardenay is to be a good neighbor and to provide a vehicle for charitable organizations to raise awareness and funds. Charity Nights are held the third Monday of every month at each Bardenay location. Any 501(c)(3) nonprofit is eligible to apply.”

A Better Life: Justin’s Story

Justin has been with us for five years off and on. Last year, after he met one of our volunteers that was in the technology field, which is something that enthralls Justin, he decided to focus on his education. Justin went to school every week for six months. When he wasn’t at school he volunteered around the shelter day and night.

In May of this year he took and passed the GED test. Immediately after passing the GED we helped him apply for Boise State University, which was his school of choice. After writing a very persuasive essay about why his life would be improved if he was allowed to attend, he was accepted into BSU and given a housing assignment on campus.

As this was going on, his work ethic shined through. When the summer came and all of his friends were out floating the river and having a good time, Justin was back at the shelter donating his time and staying focused on  getting out of the shelter for good. Justin’s final financial aid award came through and even with the grants and loans he was able to get he is still a little bit short for the first semester. I am sure we can all remember the cost of going off to school for the first time, I certainly remember it costing much more than I expected.

Justin has no family to support him on his journey. His mother was a prostitute whom he never knew and his father is himself homeless. He has no grandparents or other family that would traditionally support a young man who is working so hard to make a better life for himself. Justin has the drive to succeed. He talks about his future and about getting a degree in computer science. He wants to go on to graduate school and become a professional in the technology field. This is amazing for someone who grew up in homelessness and has seen failure his entire life.

Justin's story


I used the university’s online calculator to estimate his need for assistance and this is what I came up with. We need to help Justin raise $3,232 to cover all of his expenses for this school year. Here is what that looks like:

Justin’s estimatedEXPENSES and Financial Aid


$ 3,740

Housing and Meal Plan

$ 4700


$ 600

Personal Expenses and new school clothing

$ 1000

Computer and book bag


Total cost for Justin



$ 7,608

Shortfall for 1st Semester

($ 3232)

Justin will eventually find a job on campus that will help him with some of the personal expenses. But, Justin has been homeless for his entire life, and his clothing represents that fact. I would like to take him shopping and get him clothing that will help him feel successful before he even starts his classes. I am sure we can all relate to the fact that when we look good, we feel good. I also think it is extremely important for Justin to be equipped with a laptop computer and book bag. I like Apple, mostly because of the stability, but anything would be very helpful. If anyone has a decent Apple computer they would be willing to donate, I think we can take it to the Mac Store downtown and have it cleaned up and updated with the latest version of OS. If there is anyway you can help me help Justin, I would truly appreciate it.

For more information you can contact Justin’s case manager, Tim Flaherty at


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Interfaith Sanctuary Presents the I AM Project


On Thursday, May 7, Interfaith Sanctuary will present The I AM Project at Modern Art (1314 W. Grove St.) from 5pm-10pm in Room 233.

The I AM Project was created as a way to tell a story of our guests in an artistic format. We were blessed by an amazing group of professionals: author Alan Heathcock, photographer Jay Saenz, Boise State University Theater Arts professor Michael Baltzell, Public Arts Manager for Boise City Department of Arts and History, Karen Bubb, and Interfaith Sanctuary’s Public Relations/Marketing Manager, Jodi Peterson!

The I AM Project began with our shelter guests responding to a set of questions asking about their favorites…subjects in school, books, movies, foods, jobs, band, etc. Photographer Jay Saenz then came in to photograph ten of our guests who are included in the art installation and video.


What’s Your Favorite Book?

Bradley’s is the Gunslinger Series.

View the I AM Project video below and see how our guests responded.


thankyouThanks to your generous and timely support, Interfaith Sanctuary is the recipient of almost $30,000 in donations and over $10,000 in grant prizes from the Home Partnership Foundation, winning 4th PLACE in the 2014 Avenues for Hope campaign!

This friendly competition encouraged phenomenal community support for numerous Boise non-profits, many of whom are Sanctuary’s partners in our everyday work of providing emergency shelter; we are all winners in this contest! From the Early-Birds to the Benefactors, to the $25 multitude, you heard our challenge-call and responded with giving spirits! You can start the New Year confident in the knowledge that you are a problem solver, contributing to help our homeless neighbors. We couldn’t provide Sanctuary for over 900 individuals a year without your help. From Sanctuary’s staff, board, volunteers and guests, we wish you many blessings in 2015!

Photo Credit: Thank You, Creative Commons License, derriel street photography.