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.


As relayed to Barry Franklin, PR Team Writer

Every so often we take a chance on an experience and that chance goes on to change our lives in many ways. I am grateful to David for sharing his life with me. This is his story.

Where did you grow up?

I was born in Boone Iowa. My dad drove a soft-top Studebaker and I have fond memories of him taking me for a ride. I remember we used to go to The Ledges. They’re a little State Park just outside Boone. Rivers ran through the place but they were low enough that a car could easily drive through. We’d get out, park [...] Read More »


As relayed to Barry Franklin, PR Team Writer

James is a quiet, well-mannered man in his fifties. He conveys an inspiring personal strength and I thank him for his time and his story.

Where did you grow up?

I was born in Boise and lived in Idaho most of my life except for a six-month stay in Wyoming. I lived in a lot of foster homes. Mom read the Bible and prayed for us a lot. She was the thread that held us together and when she decided to follow my father and become a drunkard I went to the foster home. I was nine. That just led me right into institutions. I [...] Read More »