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Our Mission and Services

Our Mission:

Interfaith Sanctuary Shelter & Supportive Services provides a safe overnight emergency shelter  to up to 164 men, women and families with children. Our Supportive Services Team help guests identify and set goals that will lead to a successful transition out of homelessness.  

Our Services:

  • Our Emergency Shelter Program provides overnight shelter each night of the year for up to 160 men, women and children who are experiencing homelessness. Shelter services are available from 6:00pm – 7:00am daily (8:00am on Sunday), and are supplemented by light dinners provided in partnership with Life’s Kitchen and the Idaho Foodbank. Single men and women have separate sleeping facilities in the shelter while sharing a common dining/recreation hall. Families are housed in another section of the shelter and share their own hospitality room.
  • Our Supportive Services Program was designed to create a very focused assessment from shelter entry to shelter exit.  Our caseworkers assess the needs of our guests through the STEP program then connect them with the appropriate community partners serving the homeless population. 

The STEP program is a step-by-step process that begins with:

  1.     Identification and official documents
  2.     Health Insurance
  3.     Assess Physical Health and Mental Health
  4.     Substance Abuse Assessment
  5.     Education Assessment
  6.     Employability Assessment
  7.     Assess Income opportunities
  8.     Financial Health
  9.     Life Skills Assessment
  10.     Housing
  11.     Peer Advocate

Our Community Volunteer Program relies on community involvement through volunteerism.  We welcome these volunteers who are essential in providing a safe and supportive space for staff and guests.

For all volunteer inquiries please contact Paige O’Brien at paige@interfaithsanctuary.org

Who We Serve:

Sanctuary offers services to a wide sector of those experiencing homelessness including two-parent intact families, single father families, and single mother families with a male child over age 12 who are not eligible for emergency shelter services at any other location in Boise.

While our target population is men, women, and families who are homeless, other underserved populations are represented in this group including victims of domestic abuse, persons with mental and/or physical illness, veterans, persons with drug/alcohol abuse issues, and those facing under/unemployment.

Our Core Values:

Interfaith Sanctuary Housing Services has adopted the following values to guide our work:

  • Dignity and Respect: Interfaith Sanctuary Shelter & Supportive Services recognizes and respects the inherent dignity, and the equal and inalienable rights of all members of society.
  • Compassion: Interfaith Sanctuary Shelter & Supportive Services seeks to understand each person in his/her environment, meet individuals where they are, and assist them in realizing their inherent potential toward health and happiness.
  • Diversity: Interfaith Sanctuary Shelter & Supportive Services believes in the high value of diversity. Diversity is desired in our organization; its presence leads to greater knowledge, understanding, and peaceful coexistence of all members of the human family.
  • Community and Collaboration: The work Interfaith Sanctuary Shelter & Supportive Services  provides to our guests requires a great working relationship with our community, agencies, and government.  We work to build and improve upon relationships with other working professionals providing essential services to our homeless population. Collaboration is essential for the success of The STEP Program and transitioning out of homelessness.
  • Integrity: Interfaith Sanctuary Shelter & Supportive Services believes that our work should reflect the unique and individual needs of each of our guests. That we serve them all equally, fairly and honestly.
  • Vision and Leadership: Interfaith Sanctuary Shelter and Supportive Services visions  is to provide emergency shelter to men, women, and families that allow them a safe place to be. Through staff leadership and the STEP process, we assess and collaborate on a plan to help transition them out of homelessness.  
  • Volunteerism:  Interfaith Sanctuary Shelter and Supportive Services relies on community involvement through volunteerism.  These volunteers are essential in providing a safe and supportive space for staff and guests.

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

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