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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.

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.

______________________________

Jayne Sorrels

Executive Director

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.

Requirements:

  • 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) interfaithsanctuary.org 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 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.

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