Look whats coming to Interfaith Sanctuary Shelter during the day!
Pre-K/Early Education Programs/ Parenting Classes/ Nap-time/ Case Management/ Life Skills/ Fitness/After-School Programs/Nutritional meals & healthy snacks/ Love
Interfaith Sanctuary Homeless Shelter will be opening their doors during the day for a new family program beginning on November 6th.
Homeless families in Boise are challenged each day when the over-night shelters are closed. We have one daytime shelter that offers hospitality for our homeless community but it is not able to accommodate the needs of families with small children who require naps, nutrition, structure and educational opportunities.
Interfaith Sanctuary has created a new day time program that will provide families daytime support. Kristie Manning, the family case manager at Interfaith has a background in early education and child care experience and proposed this program idea to Dan Ault and Jodi Peterson, the Co-Directors at Interfaith. Manning, along with 7 other case managers working for Interfaith Sanctuary have homeless families on their case lists. They see the struggles these families are facing daily to try and manage their kid’s needs while working with the agency programs to find housing, jobs and care.
Beginning on Monday, November 6th, Interfaith Sanctuary will have family programming throughout the week from 8 am-5pm. Families will receive early education programs for their kids, parenting classes, case management support, nutritious snacks and scheduled naptimes. Families who have school age kids will be offered after-school programs, nutritious snacks and case management.
This pilot program has big goals looking at partnerships with Boise State University School of Education and Idaho AEYC for ideas and program support. Port of Subs has selected Interfaith Sanctuary’s Daytime Program as their beneficiary for this year’s holiday gift card campaign. Funding from the promotion, which kicks off mid-November, will go to support nutrition for the families participating in this new early education and supportive services daytime programming.
Would you like to help get this program off the ground? Interfaith Sanctuary is inviting our community to be part of this amazing new program. They need daytime volunteers, nutritious snacks, educational materials and cash donations to help fund this much needed programming for our Homeless Families in Boise.
Cash donations can be made directly from the Interfaith Sanctuary Website at www.interfaithsanctuary.org. Because of limited storage space at the shelter this can be the best way to help get the necessary funding directly to the program and allow those funds to be used to gather the necessary tools and nutrition as needed.
If you would like to purchase items for the early education programming here is the wish list for Interfaith Sanctuary.
Nutritional Donation Needs:
Cheese- String Cheese, Cheddar Cheese, low fat cheeses
Whole Grain Crackers
StonyField Yogurt snacks- smoothies, pro-biotic kids, yo-kid squeezables
Peanut butter crackers
Healthy low sugar granola and energy bars
Low Salt Pretzels
Whole Grain Bagels
Or adopt a snack for a day for the children staying at the shelter by contacting Jodi@interfaithsanctuary.org.