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Interfaith Sanctuary’s Annual Appreciation Luncheon

Every year Interfaith Sanctuary enjoys serving lunch to our board and supporters at an appreciation luncheon. This years event was held at St. Paul Baptist Church. A big thank you goes to Tates Rents and Northend Organic Nursery for sprucing up the event with their beautiful table cloths and floral arrangements. We enjoyed delicious sandwiches from Zeppole  which were consumed as our audience listened to Margaret Stigers sing a heartfelt song. Throughout the lunch, Interfaith Sanctuary was pleased to award Duane Anders, Senior Pastor of Cathedral of the Rockies and Ben Skinner, founder of OATHS, for their outstanding contributions to our community. A special recognition was given to Dorothy Aldecoa (in memorium) as the individual donor of the year and a heartfelt story about her generosity was shared. We were also pleased to announce the business donors of the year, who turned heads at our last Xtreme Holiday Extravaganza when they took stage and pledged money for a whole year of shelter for one person which equaled $3650 each. After a few minutes of letting that soak in, both Don Reiman and Harry Martz took the stage again and agreed to pay two years of shelter, if the audience could match two year’s donation. It was a night to remember, so many of our guests stepped up to the challenged and donated money. We raised over $33,000 at that event just in night’s of shelter! Yesterday, Don Reiman, founder of Echelon Group, and Harry Martz, founder of Power Enterprises, were awarded Business Donors of the Year. Interfaith Sanctuary is humbled to be surrounded by so many who are willing to give their time, talents, and money to such a worthy cause. When you donate you are not just giving money or time, you are provided shelter and services.


A special THANKS to our wonderful Sponsors, Albertson’s, Northend Organic Nursery, Dawson Taylor, Tates Rents, Usful Glassworks, St. Paul Baptist Church, Laverna, Cherie Buckner Webb, and Margaret Stigers… Without you we couldn’t have put this event on!

Job Announcement

Job seeker picWe are currently hiring for a p/t Swing Shift Manager position. If you know of anyone who may be interested, please forward!

Job Announcement

Interfaith Sanctuary Homeless Shelter is accepting job applications for a part-time swing shift manager for Thursday – Saturday nights – 5:00 pm to 12:00 am. Some daytime hours are required for staff meetings and there is opportunity for additional hours throughout the year.


  • Some work and/or volunteer experience with vulnerable populations.
  • Excellent skills with people.
  • Good verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work within a sometimes stressful environment.
  • Some managerial experience.
  • Ability to effectively respond to emergency situations.
  • 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.
  • Ability to work well in a team environment.

Job Description:

  • Manages up to 160 shelter guests during the swing shift from 5 pm – 12 am, Thursday – Saturday nights.
  • Attends 2-3 regularly scheduled monthly daytime meetings (2nd, 3rd, and last Thursdays – scheduled beginning at 3 pm at the earliest).
  • Responds to shelter guest needs and requests throughout the evening including processing new intakes, interacting with emergency personnel, problem-solving, managing community and shelter guest volunteers, and providing assistance as needed.
  • Communicates as needed throughout the shift to management staff and in the evening through emailed shift reports.

Compensation: Starting pay is $12 per hour. This is a part-time (approx. 24 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) with a subject line of “Swing Shift Manager.” A resume may be included as additional materials, but may not substitute for the application. 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 Application materials are reviewed upon receipt. Questions on this position should be sent via email only to info (at)


Position will remain open until filled.

Interfaith Sanctuary is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

Paint Supplies

As you may know, our shelter construction project was recently completed and we’re now preparing to repaint most of the shelter! The first step is to prime all the walls and for this we’re seeking supplies including:

  • 15 Five-Gallon Buckets
  • 15 Screens (for Five-Gallon Buckets)
  • 30 Paint Rollers
  • 30 Paint Roller Covers (Low-Nap)
  • 10 Paint Brushes
  • 5   Small Buckets
  • 10 Sponges
  • 5   Blue Tape Rolls
  • 20 (or more) Fabric Drop Cloths or Old Curtains
  • 5   Bags of Rags

Volunteer crews are ready as soon as the supplies come in! Scroll down for donation drop-off information. If you’d like to make a financial donation to cover this specific expense, please reply to this email or call our development office at 343-4160.

To avoid duplication of paint supply items, you can email our Special Projects Coordinator for updates at


Supply Needs

for Women and Children

  • Diapers-sizes 3, 4, 5, 6
  • Baby Wipes
  • Formula- regular formula and formula for sensitive stomachs (most of the infants use the formula for sensitive stomachs)
  • Feminine Hygiene Items including: tampons (all sizes) and sanitary napkins (long, super absorbent)


Donation Drop Offs

Donations can be delivered to the shelter at 1620 W. River Street any evening after 6 pm. Note that the best time for evening deliveries is between 6:30 pm and 8 pm. Here’s a link to directions:
After arriving on Cooper Court from Americana/16th, bear to your right by the Connector wall and head to the River Street side of the building where you can park. In the evening, the River Street doors are not accessible, so you’ll need to walk around the building to the gated parking lot entrance. Upon arrival, ask for the shift manager and he can provide you with assistance in unloading your car if necessary. If you’d like to make a donation and cannot come in the evening, please email and we’ll work to arrange this.

Thank you all for your generosity and care.


Jayne Sorrels

Executive Director


Idaho Gives

Give the Gift of Shelter on May 1st, 2014!

Interfaith Sanctuary provides overnight shelter for women, men, and families with children as well as supportive services to help our guests on their pathway out of homelessness and into permanent housing. You can help! Partner with us on May 1st during the Idaho Gives Campaign.

The Idaho Gives Campaign is a One Day event where non-profits from all over Idaho join forces to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for worthy causes like Interfaith Sanctuary. Last year, the Idaho Gives Campaign raised $578,735 through 9,415 donations from 6,192 individuals to 541 nonprofit causes! This is your opportunity to help us make a huge difference in our pursuit of radically changing the face of homelessness in the Treasure Valley.

For as little as $10, you can make a tangible difference in the life of a person who is experiencing homelessness… here’s how:

  • A single night of shelter, a light meal, and supportive services for one individual ($10)
  • A week of shelter and services for one individual ($70)
  • A year’s worth of shelter and services for one individual ($3650)

Your gift is more than shelter. It’s a gift of support to find services that are desperately needed. You provide dignity to families who have run out of options. Giving to Interfaith is more than money – it’s about giving hope for a new future. On May 1st please take the time to donate. You can access the donation page for Interfaith Sanctuary by clicking here!


Avenues for Hope


To donate via Avenues for Hope, click here, or read on for more information:

Interfaith Sanctuary is partnering with the Avenues for Hope Campaign again this holiday season for our online fundraising challenge! Avenues for Hope is a special online giving opportunity available to donors for just a few short weeks each year. Beginning on December 10, 2013, all online donations made to Sanctuary via the Avenues for Hope Campaign through the end of the year not only support our work directly, but also help us qualify for thousands of dollars in special funding prizes offered by the Home Partnership Foundation.

During the holiday season, we ask that donors who wish to donate online do so via the Avenues for Hope Campaign. By doing so you will strengthen your support of Interfaith Sanctuary, as you magnify the impact of every dollar you donate to our work.

To donate to Sanctuary via Avenues for Hope, click here between December 10-31, 2013, to visit the Interfaith Sanctuary page on the Avenues for Hope website. Thank you for joining us in this challenge!


Cold Weather Supply Drive

With the colder nights upon us, we are in need of some key items including sleeping bags, coats, blankets and other supplies. Can you take some time this weekend to look around your house to see if you have extras of these items? Or if you are a member of a house of worship, you might make an announcement on Sunday for congregants to bring in items the following Sunday and then plan a delivery night. Anything you can donate is helpful.  

Items Needed:

  • Sleeping bags*
  • Twin sized blankets*
  • Coats of all sizes (adult and children)*
  • Diapers: sizes 3, 4,5, 6 & Newborn
  • Baby Items: baby wipes, ointment for rashes
  • Peanut Butter (smooth)
  • Jelly
  • Coffee (large cans caffeinated)
  • Sugar (large bags)
  • Dry Creamer

* Note: sleeping bags, blankets, and coats can be used in good condition.


Drop off times are 7 days a week anytime after 6:00 PM at 1620 W. River St..  From Americana just past the skate park take a right on Cooper Court.  Follow the alley way around and come into the gated area.  Please introduce yourself to the shift manager on duty. Map Link

Thank you SO much for your generosity. It is deeply appreciated.

Jayne Sorrels

Executive Director