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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!

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We love you, Boise!

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Interfaith Sanctuary Presents the I AM Project

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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.


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What’s Your Favorite Book?

Bradley’s is the Gunslinger Series.

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

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.

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.

 

Job Openings

hiringWe are currently hiring for two positions – Development Director and Facility Maintenance Manager. The job applications for both positions are located on our webpage – http://interfaithsanctuary.org/employment/

If you know of anyone who may be interested, please forward!

Job Announcement: Development Director

The Development Director is responsible for planning, directing, and implementing the organization’s development activities by performing the following duties personally or with the assistance of other staff, board members, and community volunteers.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate with the Board of Directors and Executive Director to develop, coordinate, and implement the annual fundraising plan.
  • Engage in research and develop strategies to identify and secure new individual, foundation, and government funding sources.
  • Write grant proposals and reports to foundation and government funders.
  • Work with Development Associate to maintain electronic grant application calendar for all grant requests and report deadlines.
  • Coordinate with Executive Director and program staff to ensure compliance with grant guidelines and effect changes as required.
  • Oversee the accurate and timely preparation of grant billings and reports.
  • Prepare drafts of fundraising letters and work collaboratively with the Development Associate on mailings.
  • Work with the Development team to plan and implement fundraising and donor appreciation events.
  • Develop and maintain ongoing relationships with donors. Cultivate donor relationships by producing correspondences and grant announcement press releases, and scheduling and attending in-person visits.
  • Work with the Development team to produce the annual report.
  • Act as staff liaison on the Development Committee of the Board of Directors.
  • Additional duties as assigned by Executive Director.

Specific Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor’s degree and/or equivalent combination of development experience and training that provides the knowledge and abilities necessary to perform the work.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, including the ability to promote a professional image of the organization to the public. Highly effective in developing personal relationships.
  • Proven track record in writing successful grant applications and in grant administration.
  • Ability to treat individuals calling the office, office visitors, volunteers, donors, board members, and staff with equal respect and dignity.
  • Understanding and commitment to the mission and foundational values of Interfaith Sanctuary (refer to http://interfaithsanctuary.org/mission/).
  • Excellent computer skills including a high level of proficiency in Word, Excel, spreadsheets, and data management.
  • Familiarity and comfort with the world of internet communication including email, social media, and cloud computing.
  • Well-developed writing and analytical thinking skills.
  • Ability to work effectively both independently and within a team environment with staff, board members, and community volunteers.
  • Demonstrated excellence in organizational, managerial, and communication skills.

Compensation: $19 per hour. This is a 30 hour per week position with some scheduling flexibility. Benefits include an employee medical reimbursement plan and paid leave.

To Apply: Please email cover letter, resume, and application to info@interfaithsanctuary.org with a subject line of “Development Director.” Applications must be emailed and not faxed, mailed, or hand delivered to our shelter locations. A resume may be included as additional materials, but may not substitute for the application and will not be reviewed. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Application materials can be submitted in Word or PDF formats and can be found online at http://interfaithsanctuary.org/employment/. Application materials are reviewed upon receipt.

Position will remain open until filled.

Interfaith Sanctuary is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

Interfaith Sanctuary prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex/gender, family status, sexual orientation, veteran status, gender expression/identity, disability, or age.

Reasonable accommodation will be made as appropriate to enable any employee or applicant for employment to safely and properly perform the job applied for as requested and as appropriate.

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Job Announcement: Facility Maintenance Manager

Interfaith Sanctuary Homeless Shelter is accepting job applications for a full-time Facility Maintenance Manager for Monday – Friday days-7:00 am to 1:00 pm. Some daytime hours are required for staff meetings and there is opportunity for additional hours throughout the year.

Requirements:

  • Experience in janitorial services.
  • Knowledge of basic handyman level electrical and plumbing skills (non-professional skills required).
  • Excellent people and communication skills.
  • Basic computer and emailing skills including general proficiency with Word and Excel.
  • Ability to effectively manage community & guest volunteers.
  • Understands and is able to abide by the values of Interfaith Sanctuary (refer to http://interfaithsanctuary.org/mission/)
  • Ability to work well in a team environment.
  • Must be capable of lifting twin and full mattresses and other light lifting.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: 

The Facility Maintenance Manager will be responsible for the following tasks:

  • Cleaning the building and managing morning cleaning volunteers, 5 mornings per week.
  • Conducting cleaning projects related to pest management plan.
  • Helping to plan and facilitate work projects.
  • Conducting cleaning supplies inventory.
  • Overseeing building maintenance projects and acting as a liaison with service contractors as directed by supervisors.
  • Adhering to Sanctuary’s policies and procedures.
  • Treating all shelter guests, community volunteers, and staff members with respect and dignity.
  • Attending all staff meetings and required trainings.
  • Communicating as needed throughout the shift to management staff and the end of the shift through emailed shift reports.
  • Other duties as assigned by Operations Director or Executive Director. 

Compensation:  $11 per hour. This is a full-time (approx. 30 hours per week) hourly position. Additional hours are often available throughout the year. Benefits include an employee medical reimbursement plan and paid leave.

To Apply: Please e-mail the completed application to info (at) interfaithsanctuary.org with a subject line of “Facility Maintenance Manager.” A resume may be included as additional materials, but may not substitute for the application and will not be reviewed. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Applications may not be mailed, faxed, or delivered to the shelter or administration offices. Application materials can be submitted in Word or PDF formats and can be found online at http://interfaithsanctuary.org/employment/. Application materials are reviewed upon receipt. Questions on this position should be sent via email only to info (at) interfaithsanctuary.org.

Position will remain open until filled. 

Interfaith Sanctuary is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

Interfaith Sanctuary prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex/gender, family status, sexual orientation, veteran status, gender expression/identity, disability, or age.

Reasonable accommodation will be made as appropriate to enable any employee or applicant for employment to safely and properly perform the job applied for as requested and as appropriate.

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Jayne Sorrels

Executive Director

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