NEWS

Idaho Ed News partners with Word on the Street for series on student homelessness

The November edition of Word on the Street has arrived!

Our 16th issue is a special one. This month, Interfaith Sanctuary partnered with Idaho Ed News to publish two stories about youth homelessness in Canyon County. These stories describe the challenges homeless students and their families face while trying to navigate an education without a place to live, in an area of the country where access to affordable housing is severely limited.

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PARTNERSHIP WITH ADA COUNTY PARAMEDICS BUILDS TRUST, UNDERSTANDING

the Cooper Court area to foster better understanding between paramedics, service providers and residents without homes. The partnership has been in full swing ever since, and it’s building the foundation for positive change.

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Lessons Learned: November Staff and Guest Writing

Staff and guests share things they’ve learned through experiencing and witnessing homelessness.

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HOMELESS OUTREACH COORDINATORS WORK TO CONNECT FAMILIES WITH RESOURCES

At look at how schools support Idaho students with homeless outreach coordinators.

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A Look at Interfaith Sanctuary’s family program

Interfaith Sanctuary is a shelter where families stay together.

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CHALLENGES FOR HOMELESS STUDENTS INTENSIFIED BY IDAHO HOUSING BOOM AND COVID-19

The housing crisis and the pandemic are impacting education across Idaho.

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Block Party brings COVID-19 vaccines, hair cuts, and tacos to Cooper Court

Over 60 people visited Interfaith Sanctuary last week to get vaccinated against COVID-19 at two separate clinics. Friday’s clinic behind the shelter featured free hair cuts, tacos, and gift cards for anyone that got a vaccine or booster. “It feels so good to be able to bring the community back together, support, and celebrate with […]

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Cooper Court Vaccine Booster Block Party This Friday, November 12

If you are in need of a COVID vaccine or booster you are WELCOME to join us at The BOOSTER BLOCK PARTY this Friday, November 12. Located at the back end of Interfaith Sanctuary.

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City of Good fuels Interfaith Sanctuary kids with healthy weekend meals

City of Good Weekend Fuel Kits are a huge hit with our kids at Interfaith Sanctuary!

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Our Path Home Executive Committee member explains why shelter project is a necessary step for Boise

Stephanie Day, executive director of CATCH, sits on the Our Path Home Executive Committee and helped lead the vetting process for Interfaith Sanctuary’s State Street shelter project. Here’s what she had to say about the committee’s decision to support our shelter’s relocation.

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Case manager discusses City Council debate comments on Interfaith Sanctuary

As a case manager and team member at Interfaith Sanctuary, I was disappointed by the conversation that nine Boise city council candidates had Thursday night surrounding the relocation of our homeless shelter to the former Salvation Army building on State Street.

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My Faith in Interfaith

When I was younger, I would pass by a little building with a big banner with the word ‘Sanctuary’ on it. There were little people standing outside of this building. I would be on my way to the main library via the conector every week with my Mom and siblings and I would wave to the little people thinking they could see me like I see them. I was fascinated by those little people standing in line waiting for something. What, I did not know but my child brain knew it was for something important.

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Whole: A Poem by Angela Barber

“Whole” was written by lifelong Boisean Angela Barber. “I heard they want to puta shelter in the neighborhood;filled with the unhoused, unwanted, unloved. How will WE be safe?What kind of people are THEY?Can’t it be built somewhere else? STOP!!! What if…Instead of pushing awaywe choose to embrace.Instead of seeing the differenceswe look for the similarities.Instead […]

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Interfaith Sanctuary’s Word on the Street Podcast now streaming on Soundcloud & Spotify

“Access to Housing,” the first episode of Interfaith Sanctuary’s Word on the Street Podcast, is now streaming on Soundcloud and Spotify. The podcast, produced by Interfaith Sanctuary, examines homelessness in Boise through conversations with people responding to and experiencing homelessness in our area every day. In this episode, we speak with CATCH Executive Director Stephanie […]

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I Got The Shot, a music video by Interfaith Sanctuary

This year, Interfaith Sanctuary began trying to educate members of our community about the importance of getting vaccinated against COVID-19. But, the information being provided to the public didn’t always resonate with people without homes. The general messaging involved getting vaccinated to be able to go out to dinner, start traveling, and help get the […]

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Art on the Street – A Documentary

In 2019, Geoffrey McCauley, a guest at Interfaith Sanctuary, approached our staff with the idea to found an art collective for people without homes. McCauley noticed that while he was on the street making art, people expressed interest in his artwork and did not focus on the fact that he was unhoused. He wanted to […]

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