I AM not that different from you.

It’s not black and white. There’s many reasons why someone might find themselves homeless but they are still people

You Are Welcome Here – an original song written for Interfaith Sanctuary by by Curtis Stigers and David Poe

Shelter Stories

With Shelter Stories we invite you to get to know some of our guests. Understand how they grew up, who they are and the circumstances that brought them to Interfaith Sanctuary.

Reclaiming a homeless man’s life in 15 crazy steps

You won’t believe the hoops that had to be jumped through to help a homeless man secure his birth certificate and photo ID after 14 years of living on the streets with no identity.

Watch Jodi inspiring TedTalk here.

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City of Boise Parks & Rec Work Program

Success through the City of Boise Parks & Rec Work Program. Watch the video here.


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Ross has a light in his eyes that nothing could extinguish. He has a deep reservoir of emotion and an even deeper capacity for love. Ross is the epitome of a man who, when life was the roughest one could imagine it to be, drew on his ability to turn tragedy into triumph. He is an example for all of us to follow. My hope is that whoever reads this can gain at least a tiny bit of his resolve. I left this interview thinking that if I only had a fraction of Ross’ “zest” for life, I’d be a rich man.

Where are you from?

I was born and raised [...] Read More »


Benson is a soft-spoken, gentle man with kind eyes. His courage in the face of so many obstacles is an inspiration.

Where are you from?

I was born and raised in Louisiana. It was just growing up, like everyone else. I have two sisters and four brothers. One died at six months but that was before I was born. Louisiana was hot and humid. We had fun times. Everyone in the neighborhood knew each other. We’d go in the backyard and climb trees you know just doing everything our mom told us not to do until she got home. I was raised Pentecostal so it was pretty strict. I guess they call [...] Read More »


I spoke with Charles in an office amid the incredible activity that is Corpus Christi House*. We were interrupted more than a few times by people who wanted help from “Chuck.” He truly is their go-to-guy. As he should, Charles takes great pride in what he has achieved. He gives me hope.

Where are you from?

“Growing up in Memphis was great. My father and mother were divorced. I hardly ever saw my father. My mother did the best she could to take care of us. My dad didn’t pay child support so we grew up very poor. Her step father was homeless so that’s how I got to know homeless people. [...] Read More »