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Word on the Street

Word on the Street is a collection of personal narratives, artwork, poetry, and reporting on social issues in the Treasure Valley and beyond. Our newspaper addresses the stigma of homelessness and its material consequences while also providing a platform for people to tell their own stories. Our purpose is to raise awareness and motivate the community to create change that benefits all of us.

Word on the Street was founded through Project Well-Being, a day program at Interfaith Sanctuary focused on mental health and recovery. The layout is designed by one of the paper’s founders, Jacob Hieter, and is edited by journalist and photographer Erin Sheridan. The paper is printed and distributed to 30,000 Treasure Valley households once a month with the help of the Idaho Press.

In April 2022, we joined the International Network of Street Papers in order to launch the Word on the Street Vendor Program. Readers will now be able to purchase copies from vendors who are experiencing homelessness. This program aims to build a community based in empathy and compassion while also helping guests enrolled in the vendor program earn income through an immediate low-barrier work opportunity.

If you have a story you’d like to see in Word on the Street, please feel free to send them to erin@interfaithsanctuary.org. We would love to hear from you!

Read the latest on the Word on the Street Blog!

A shelter full of hope and second chances

A shelter full of hope and second chances

In the past year our shelter has not grown any larger but our ability to serve our guests in more meaningful ways has grown in leaps and bounds. Witnessing the daily shelter activities designed to bring safety, stability, employment and wellness to our guests is inspiring.

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Where are they supposed to go?

Where are they supposed to go?

Word on the Street gives voice to a community that has decisions made around them, about them and against them, with little time spent by the decision makers talking to them. Stories from individuals experiencing homelessness can facilitate deeper learning about social justice issues by putting a face to them. Policy affects people.

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Blankets of Hope

Blankets of Hope

Everyone has inside them a piece of good news. The good news is for you is that you don’t know how great you are and can be. How much you can love. What you can accomplish and what your potential is. You be you and it will be better.

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Art gets personal

Art gets personal

Interfaith Sanctuary launches #GetToKnowMe campaign in anticipation of World Homeless Day. Interfaith Sanctuary is excited to partner with local photographer Matthew Wordell for #GetToKnowMe – An Art Exhibit.

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The stigma of homelessness

The stigma of homelessness

People spend their lives tearing each other down destroying each others careers, reputation, and metal health. Society creates an expensive world with sky high rents, pricey automobiles and services that not all can afford. We live in a world where how much you earn is more important than treating another person fairly.

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Where can you find Word on the Street?

Limited print copies of Word on the Street are available at:

The Record Exchange
1105 W. Idaho St.

Downtown Boise Public Library
715 S. Capitol Blvd.

Downtown Boise YMCA
1050 W. State St.

Recovery for Life
8950 Emerald St. #178

Corpus Christi House
525 S. Americana Blvd.

The District Coffee
219 N. 10th St.

Laundry Haus
222 S. Orchard St.

Washing Time Laundry
4744 W. State St.

Americana Pizza
304 S. Americana Blvd.

Neckar Coffee
117 S. 10th St.

Guru Donuts
928 W. Main St #100

Interfaith Sanctuary
1620 W. River St.