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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.

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

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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.

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!