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Final Stretch for Avenues for Hope & your Year-End Donations!

Your generosity is helping keep Interfaith Sanctuary Housing Services on track to win matching support from the Home Partnership Foundation, which will greatly help us continue to provide emergency shelter and supportive services to over 900 individuals in need throughout 2015.

To get us through the final stretch of the Avenues for Hope campaign, we need your help in expanding our reach! We encourage you to invite friends and family to help multiply the blessing of providing shelter to people experiencing homelessness in our own community.

As you know, the Avenues for Hope campaign is a competition between Idaho non-profit agencies. As of Tuesday, December 30 at 5:30 pm, Interfaith Sanctuary is in 4th place for the total number of gifts. With approximately 45 more gifts of $25 or more, we could move into 3rd place and receive a $5,000 award (1st place is $10K, 2nd place is $7K, 3rd place is $5K). An additional $5,000 would help us provide 500 nights of shelter and supportive services for an individual.  The good news at the moment, is that Sanctuary is #1 in the dollar amount raised, but only by a margin of $2,000.

The deadline to give is midnight, December 31 (tomorrow!). Remember that each person’s donation is only counted towards the contest once, so please consider breaking your larger donations into the increments of $25 (ex: $100 into 4 donations of $25 by 4 people; this can be a spouse, child or grandparent – anyone with a separate e-mail address in whose name you would like to donate, or to encourage to donate)! Gifts in increments of $25 and $100 earn Sanctuary special match bonuses and are encouraged.

Of course, ALL donation amounts are welcome, as total gifts are tallied for additional match opportunities, but they must be received at: http://interfaithsanctuary.org/afh/ by midnight on December 31st! So, to realize the all the blessings of giving, including a year-end tax-deductible status and grant-matched awards, rally your circle of friends, post on facebook, forward this email to friends, and hurry to donate to Interfaith Sanctuary now!

We THANK YOU for your support and wish you many blessings in the New Year!

In Gratitude,

Jayne Sorrels

Executive Director

P.S. You can track how we’re doing by clicking on the leaderboard tab on the top bar at the Avenues for Hope website(https://www.avenuesforhope.org/#npo/interfaith-sanctuary-housing-services).

Turn $25 into $10,000!

Interfaith Sanctuary is again participating in the Home Partnership Foundation’s Avenues for Hope fundraising challenge this year! This challenge is a great way to raise operating funds for Boise’s homeless shelter on River Street, and an effective way for you to leverage your Holiday giving.

Thanks to the generous and timely support of our community of donors, Sanctuary is currently in the lead with the largest donation amount! Here are some tips to help keep the momentum going and realize the most grant matches from the sponsors: The challenge is online at http://interfaithsanctuary.org/afh/. Donations in increments of $25, $100, and $5,000 earn Sanctuary special match bonuses and are encouraged. The organization with the most number of gifts over $25 wins an additional $10,000 as a grant match from the Idaho Housing and Finance Association; with your help, Sanctuary can be that organization! $10,000 would provide multiple nights of shelter to Sanctuary’s predicted 850+ homeless guests in the coming year. Of course, ALL donations are welcome, as total gifts are tallied for additional match opportunities. However, each person’s donation is only counted towards the contest once, so please consider breaking your larger donations into the increments listed above and sharing the opportunity with family and friends (ex: $100 into 4 donations of $25 by 4 people)!

If you are planning on making a Holiday / end of year financial contribution to a local charity, we invite and encourage you to support Interfaith Sanctuary through this match opportunity. Your support will make an even bigger impact through the Avenues for Hope campaign, so don’t delay! Donations through this campaign will be accepted between December 10th – 31st.

On behalf of the board, staff and guests of Interfaith Sanctuary, we thank you in advance for your genuine concern for reducing homelessness in our community. Your contribution through this match opportunity will greatly strengthen our efforts in the coming year. We wish you a wonderful Holiday Season!

About the Campaign:

The Avenues for Hope Housing Challenge is presented annually by the Home Partnership Foundation, a 501(c)3 created by Idaho Housing and Finance Association in 2005. This challenge-based grant opportunity was created during the economic downturn in 2011, to help Idaho nonprofits attract new donors to support their homelessness prevention and shelter programs. The goal of the Avenues for Hope campaign is to strengthen housing-related nonprofits throughout Idaho by encouraging individual donations to help prevent homelessness and improve affordable housing options.

About Interfaith Sanctuary:

Interfaith Sanctuary Housing Services (Sanctuary) is a collaboration of people of faith and people of conscience who have joined together to shelter and serve individuals experiencing homelessness. Opened in 2007, Sanctuary provides overnight shelter, a light evening meal and supportive services for up to 160 men, women and children, every night of the year. Sanctuary offers tailored services to a wide sector of those experiencing homelessness, including the underserved populations of two-parent intact families, and single mother families with a male child over the age of 12, or single father families with female children of any age, who are not eligible for emergency shelter services at any other location in Boise. Sanctuary’s shelter building is located 1620 West River Street in downtown Boise and is open from 5:30 pm to 7:00 am daily.

Your Donation Will Support:
Sanctuary’s target population is men, women and families with children who are homeless, often with characteristics including mental and physical illness, veteran status, victims of past domestic abuse, substance abuse issues and employment issues. In addition to providing emergency shelter to meet the growing need for overnight refuge in our community, Sanctuary also implements Supportive Services programs to promote greater self-sufficiency, improved well-being and permanent housing acquisition for shelter guests. Your donation will help Sanctuary provide shelter and supportive services to over 900 of our homeless neighbors in 2015
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BOISEANS TO HONOR HOMELESS PERSONS WHO HAVE DIED

memorialvigilOn Saturday, December 20, service providers, homeless and formerly homeless people, religious leaders, and concerned citizens will honor the lives of nine individuals who died either while homeless or who were recently housed this past year. Five homeless advocates will also be remembered.

The Candlelight Vigil will be held at Interfaith Sanctuary, 1620 W. River Street from 7 – 8 pm on Saturday, December 20. Hospitality will be provided at Corpus Christi Day Shelter, 525 S. Americana Blvd. immediately following the service. The interfaith program will include prayers, readings, and music from various faith traditions.

The annual memorial observation is a tradition among Boise community service providers and is held in conjunction with the National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day traditionally held on or near December 21st—the longest night of the year. Boise is one of more than 175 cities nationwide to observe the memorial.

The Vigil is sponsored by Interfaith Sanctuary Housing Services, Corpus Christi House Day Shelter, Mosaic Street Ministries, El-Ada Community Action Partnership, and CATCH, INC. and is open to the public.

For more information email info@interfaithsanctuary.org.

Avenues for Hope Campaign

CALLING ALL EARLY BIRDS!

Avenues for Hope Early Bird match challenge: First 20 donations received today earn an additional $500!earlybird

Interfaith Sanctuary is again participating in the Home Partnership Foundation’s Avenues for Hope fundraising challenge this year. This challenge is a great way to raise operating funds for Boise’s homeless shelter on River Street, and an effective way for you to leverage your Holiday giving.

Sanctuary needs your help in getting the worm, starting this morning! Please join us this morning, Wednesday, December 10th beginning at 8:00 am to kick off the challenge by making your financial contribution online at http://interfaithsanctuary.org/afh

With your help, we can be one of the first six organizations to receive 20 unique donations, to win an additional $500! Donations in increments of $25, $100, $500, $1,000, or $5,000 earn Sanctuary special match bonuses and are encouraged; $100 gifts earn the most popular match funds. However, all donations are welcome, as total gifts are tallied for additional match opportunities. Each person may only donate once, so please consider breaking your larger donations into the increments listed above and sharing the opportunity with family and friends!

If you are planning on making a Holiday / end of year financial contribution to a local charity, we invite and encourage you to support Interfaith Sanctuary tomorrow morning. Your support will make an even bigger impact through the Avenues for Hope campaign, so set your alarm and don’t delay!

We thank you in advance for your generous donations to this campaign and wish you a wonderful Holiday Season.

 

Holiday Giving at Sanctuary

We are blessed by so many generous people in this community and within our Sanctuary family of supporters! In response to the many inquiries about how to help for the holidays, we’ve prepared a list of items for Christmas Day giving for our single men and women. Also included below is information on our Adopt-a-Family holiday giving program. You’ll also find details about donation drop-off days and times.

Thank you in advance for helping our shelter guests have a happy and memorable holiday season!

2014 HOLIDAY GIVING

(Items needed for 105 men and 35 women)

  • gloves, hats, scarves & scarf sets – all sizes
  • sweat pants and shirts for adults – all sizes*
  • underwear for men, women, and children*
  • tube socks – all sizes*
  • thermal underwear sets for men and women*
  • sweaters for women*
  • flannel or other warm shirts for men*
  • hand and foot warmers

Clothing items marked with a (*) must be new items.

ADOPT-A-FAMILY

The Adopt-A-Family Program connects sponsors with families to “adopt” and provides a family profile with a suggested list of gifts. Sponsors buy presents for their family and deliver them wrapped and labeled to the shelter by Sunday, December 21. There are approximately 17 families staying with us at this time and we currently have 9 individuals or groups signed up as sponsors. If you’re interested in being a sponsor, please email. Information will be sent out to sponsors with more details on Monday, December 15.

If you’d like to make a financial donation that’s earmarked for the Adopt-A-Family project that will allow us to purchase items that are not donated, please email or call the development office at 343-4160.

DONATION DELIVERY INFORMATION

Donations can be delivered to the shelter at 1620 W. River Street, weekdays between 11am and 1 pm and every evening between 6:30pm and 8:30pm.

For daytime donations, the entry door is on the River Street side of the building next to the Connector exit ramp. As you enter Cooper Court from 16th (the first right past the Bridge/Skateboard Park, next to A20 Fitness and before the 16th/River St. Light), bear to your right by the Connector wall and proceed around the building. When you park and face the building, the entry door is on the far left. You can ring the bell and a staff member will greet you.

For evening donations, as you enter Cooper Court, you’ll notice a large gated parking lot area. This is where you’ll enter. Please ask for the Shift Manager when you arrive.

All items with the exception of those for families should be unwrapped.

Donations should be delivered to the shelter by Sunday, December 21.

Knowledge is Power

Knowledge is Power! Make a lasting difference in the lives of our community’s homeless population by simply casting an e-vote! Interfaith Sanctuary is very excited to have a freshly remodeled hospitality space for families at the shelter. Thanks to the great work of Guho Corp. and OATHS, families now have a common area in which to come together and take-care of the loose-ends of the day, similar to a shared living room. We believe education is the key to a better future, and envision this space as being a resource for parents and children; a calm environment in which to finish up homework, check messages and find inspiration for the next day. In order to achieve this vision, we would like to fill the room with educational materials such as paper; pens; pencils; calculators; wall maps; workbooks; dictionaries; educational magazine and newspaper subscriptions for youth and adults; books for adults on parenting, finances and health; coloring books and crayons; and educational software for youth and adults for the planned computers. You can help us fund this vision by simply voting for our proposal to the Idaho Power Company, under the Powering Tomorrow Education Grant Opportunity. Please vote now!: Click HERE to vote. Thank you!

(Voting is open through January 23, 2015. Voting instructions: Visit https://www.facebook.com/idahopower/app_130660760316387?ref=page_internal; log-in to FB ; scroll down and click on “See more stories from you neighbors”; find “Knowledge is Power” posted by Szilvia; and click Vote!)

OATHS Gives Interfaith Sanctuary a Makeover!

Event: Open House Thursday, August 14, from 1:00-2:00 pm
Location: Interfaith Sanctuary at 1620 W. River Street Boise, Idaho

oaths-painting-interfaith-sanctuaryThe Organization Assisting The Homeless Student (OATHS), has fully renovated the family room at the Interfaith Sanctuary Homeless Shelter. OATHS is a non-profit student organization founded by Ben Skinner in 2010 to help homeless students get what they need to enjoy, succeed, and stay in school. For more information about OATHS go to http://www.takeanoath.org.

Interfaith Sanctuary Housing Services is a collaboration of people of faith and people of conscience who have joined together to shelter and serve those experiencing homelessness. The Sanctuary provides overnight shelter for men, women, and children, and provides supportive services that promote greater self-sufficiency, improved well-being, and permanent housing acquisition. Read more about the Sanctuary at http://www.interfaithsanctuary.org.

OATHS’ volunteers painted the walls and floor, provided a flat screen television and DVD player, and furnished the room with books, games, art supplies, and DVD’s. OATHS also furnished the room and purchased a dining table and chairs, bookcases, and study tables from Idaho Correctional Industries (ICI). ICI is an offender-training program that teaches work and life skills and prepares offenders to be successful as they return to our communities. They produced, delivered, and set up the furniture at Interfaith.

The renovated room is filled with beautiful black and white photographs provided by the INSIDE OUT PROJECT, a global participatory art project that gives everyone the opportunity to share their portrait and make a statement for what they stand for. The project is a global platform for people to share their untold stories and transform messages of personal identity into works of public art. Check it out at http://www.insideoutproject.net.

The renovated room will serve a variety of functions at the Sanctuary. Families staying at the shelter can share a meal and watch a movie. Children will also have a place to read, do their homework, play games, and do art projects. The makeover was a perfect fit for OATHS’ mission which is to provide homeless students support for educational success.

The renovation will be on display and open to the public on Thursday August 14th, from 1:00-2:00 pm, at the Interfaith Sanctuary located at 1620 W River St. in Boise.

SISTAS – Finding a Safe Place

women's groupInterfaith Sanctuary is excited about a new program that’s launching on August 1st! 

The SISTAS  program is designed to provide educational resources and support to prevent domestic and sexual abuse and victimization for women staying at Interfaith Sanctuary. Key program goals include:

1) Creating a safe and supportive environment for women to share their experiences and build supportive relationships.

2) Sharing information about the types of support that are available to them including companion support, professional support, spiritual support, self-help, and physical support.

3) Developing a personal safety plan that utilizes new skills for better decision making.

The SISTAS Program will launch with a 3 day retreat – Finding a Safe Place – at the Nazareth Center in Boise. The retreat is funded in part by a grant through the Idaho Episcopal Foundation. Following the retreat, weekly SISTAS meetings will be held to continue this work.

Weekend bags will be created for all the women participants. If you’d like to make a financial donation or supply any of these items, please email Karen Morton, Sistas Program Manager at karen@interfaithsanctuary.org. For financial donations for this project, please indicate in the memo section of your check: “Sistas Retreat”.

Each item has been linked to Amazon. If you are not in the area and want to donate please send donations to:

1020 W. Main Street, Ste. 100E4 Boise, Idaho 83702

wildItems Needed:

 

The summertime blues, how you can help when it’s hot

Beat the heatmBOISE — Interfaith Sanctuary works to shield some of the Treasure Valley’s most vulnerable residents from the sweltering temperatures.

The Boise shelter’s “Beat the Heat” program, provides a respite from the hot weather for area homeless men, women and children.

The shelter opens its doors at 6 p.m. each night when the heat is at its peak, granting an air-conditioned escape for those who have few opportunities to cool off at the end of the day.

The Beat the Heat campaign also is an opportunity to collect much-needed supplies and donations.

Interfaith Sanctuary is asking for donations of bottled water, small bottles of sunscreen and aloe vera, lip balm, sun visors and baseball caps in various sizes for both children and adults.

Another great way to help support Interfaith is to make cash donations to help cover additional electrical costs for air conditioning this time of year. The shelter’s utility bills spike in the summer months when donations typically decline.

High temperatures in the Treasure Valley can cause more problems than just discomfort, co-Executive Directors Jodi Peterson and Dan Ault said. Individuals who are homeless are particularly susceptible to heat exhaustion and other illnesses.

While most people realize the dangers of freezing weather, many do not take steps to protect themselves from the heat until it is too late, she said. Triple-digit temperatures coupled with the strain of life on the streets can leave the Treasure Valley’s homeless populations at risk.

Want to help now? Donors can drop off supplies at the shelter, located at 1620 West River St. in Boise any evening after 6:30 pm.

Check donations can be dropped off at the shelter or made directly on-line at interfaithsanctuary.org or mailed to P.O. Box 9334, Boise, ID 83707.

For more information please contact Interfaith Sanctuary at 208-343-4160 or at info@interfaithsanctuary.org.

For press and media interview requests please contact April Neale at april@interfaithsanctuary.org or 208-891-7573.

 

Family Service Day

Mahatma Gandhi said “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” On June 21, 2014 there were over 1,000 volunteers who signed up to participate in service projects around the valley. The volunteers were able to make a difference at 14 different locations while serving 14 different agencies. Interfaith Sanctuary Housing Services enjoyed the company of 75 participants who were able to make a difference in the lives of our guests. Volunteers helped in painting, cleaning, and building the outdoor shelter and benches. The volunteers were members of 6 different churches: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Cole Community Church, King of Glory Lutheran Church, Hillview United Methodist Church, St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church and Mountain View Community Fellowship Church.  It was a great Saturday that flew by!

We couldn’t have completed the projects without our volunteers and our dedicated donors. We received the paint supplies we needed from Nick Guho (Guho Corp), Home Depot in Meridian, Kelly Moore Paint Co., and individual community donors. We also want to send out a special thanks to Paula Rowberry, Family Service Day Organizer; Sarah Christenson, Special Projects Coordinator at Interfaith Sanctuary; and John Wilkins, Family Service Day Project Site Manager for their hard work and planning that went into organizing this amazing project.

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