Our Mission and Services

Our Mission:

Interfaith Sanctuary Shelter serves people of all genders, races, religions, and sexual orientation, as well as families with children, by providing safe overnight emergency shelter and practical services to 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 then connect them with the appropriate community partners serving the homeless population. 

These services include:

  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
  12. Daytime Family Program
  13. Pre-K Programming
  14. Parks and Rec Work Program

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 Morgan at morgans@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:

  • RESPECT We recognize and respect the inherent dignity and rights of all members of society.
  • COMPASSION We seek to understand without judgment each individual’s unique environment and needs.
  • DIVERSITY We embrace diversity and celebrate its power to create a more peaceful coexistence for all.
  • COLLABORATION We work with individuals, businesses, schools and faith-based and secular organizations to develop solutions that aid the transition out of homelessness.
  • INTEGRITY We serve our guests with warmth and compassion and never take for granted the generosity of our donors and volunteers.
  • LEADERSHIP We develop innovative and sustainable processes and programs focused on providing safe shelter and supporting the transition out of homelessness.
  • VOLUNTEERISM We value community involvement and volunteerism as an essential part of 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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