During these most unusual times Interfaith Sanctuary has been redefined and made better by the many challenges we needed to navigate to ensure those without homes had a safe place to shelter and be supported. As we continue to manage the effects of a pandemic and housing crisis our services are more pressing and the need is even greater.

We have redesigned our programming to take a “Housing First Approach” in how we deliver our shelter services.  What does that mean?

  • Low Barrier access for anyone who is in need of shelter: No matter where you come from, how you pray, who you love, you are welcome here.
  • Help address the growing number of families losing their housing and ending up homeless in their car
  • Provide Daytime programming and supportive services
  • Prioritize income streams and housing support to help move our guests into permanent housing as quickly as possible.
  • Advocate for more affordable housing to help move guests out of shelter and into housing of their own


Interfaith Sanctuary Shelter and Hotel Shelter by night is home for a warm meal and a safe place to lay your head for anyone who is in need.

We are a sanctuary for families with children allowing them to find shelter together.

Interfaith Sanctuary Shelter by day is a home to second chances for our unemployed, our mentally fragile, our friends struggling with addiction.

Our building by day becomes a sanctuary of learning, recovering, growing, creating and moving forward towards a better life.

Interfaith Sanctuary Hotel Shelter by day is home to preschool learning, parenting classes and case management support, housing services and nutritional support.

It is also home to our senior homeless population where finally our medically fragile have a safe space to be all day and the ability to receive the care and support they so very much deserve.

Your donation supports both shelter locations and all of these wonderful programs:

Family Daytime Program and Preschool for our Littles- Family case management, medical and mental health support, transportation, special kids activities, group and one on one support and preschool for our littles.

Project Recovery- Home to our guests seeking recovery and supported through a partnership with Recovery 4 Life to ensure our guests receive access to services and treatment that allows them to stay on a road to recovery

Project Well Being- Mental Health support, art therapy, fitness, meditation, counseling, med management and home to our homeless newspaper “Word on the Street”

Interfaith Sanctuary City of Boise Work Program- Employs our guests to help maintain the beauty of our city and parks.

The Doug Richards Cooking School- a Food Service Training Program to get our guests back to work in the Food Service Industry

The Kitchen Food Trailer- allows us to prepare and serve breakfast, lunch and dinner to our homeless community 7 days a week.

Interfaith Sanctuary’s Community Housing brings the “Housing First” philosophy into their new plan

The struggle is real when it comes to finding affordable housing options in the City of Boise. Every day the headlines are reporting the rapid increase in home values and rents. Access to affordable housing options is essential to helping move our guests out of the shelter and into housing of their own.
Housing solves homelessness but what do we do until that housing is available?
“Emergency shelters play a critical role in ending homelessness. Effective shelters should embrace a Housing First approach, offer immediate and low-barrier access to anyone facing a housing crisis.”
National Alliance to end homelessness
Interfaith Sanctuary’s reimagined shelter brings the “Housing First” philosophy into their new plan.
Guidelines for a “Housing First” Shelter approach include:
1. Promote low barriers to entry or service and quickly identify people experiencing homelessness,
2. Provide access to safety
3. Make service connections
4. Partner directly with housing providers to rapidly connect individuals and families to permanent housing.
5. Offer 24 hour access to shelter offering day and night time programs and services
What does “Housing First” look like inside a shelter?
Interfaith Sanctuary has added an additional level of care offering private rooms with doors and locks for our guests who are employed, self-sufficient and ready for housing but the access is to that housing is not available.

Write a letter to the editor and to our Mayor and City Council explaining your reasons for supporting Interfaith and this move. In this letter help us humanize our guests by sharing personal experiences from working with our guests at the shelter. Let’s try to not only promote a project but help our community better understand the importance of caring, sheltering and believing in those in our homeless community. Here are the email addresses that you can send your letter to:
Scott McIntosh- smcintosh@idahostatesman.com
Idaho Press- op-ed@idahopress.com
Lisa Sanchez: lsanchez@cityofboise.org
Elaine Clegg- EClegg@cityofboise.org
Mayor McLean-mayor@cityofboise.org
Patrick Bageant -pbageant@cityofboise.org
Jimmy Hallyburton- jhallyburton@cityofboise.org
Holli Woodings- hwoodings@cityofboise.org
TJ Thomson- TJThomson@cityofboise.org
Create a short video explaining your thoughts on Interfaith and their move. Share a story about an experience you have had with a guest while volunteering. Help us share the joy of being a volunteer and what that experience has meant to you. You can send me your video and I can create a post and tag you in it so you can share far and wide. (Email video to; jodi@interfaithsanctuary.org)
Like Interfaith Sanctuary’s Facebook page and help share our messaging to your friends!  https://www.facebook.com/SanctuaryBoise

“You’re Not Alone”

Song performed by Curtis Stigers

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