The Boise City Council approved a one-month pilot program authorizing the Parks and Recreation Department to hire ten people who stay at Interfaith Sanctuary, a homeless shelter, on a temporary basis.

The new employees should be working by this time next month.

This program has the opportunity to help people transition out of homelessness and into stable homes and independent lives. Workers will make $2 more than minimum wage to start, expected to work five hours a day, five days a week.

A program in Albuquerque, N.M., inspired the pilot program here in the Treasure Valley. In Albuquerque though, the city hired people on the spot who were begging for money on the streets.

Workers have the opportunity as well, to snag a full-time position when one becomes available. It could mean big changes for them and their families.

If you're not familiar with the Interfaith Sanctuary, they offer support and shelter to men, women, and children who are not eligible for emergency shelter services at any other locations in Boise.

The mission statement on their website says:

Interfaith Sanctuary Shelter & Supportive Services provides a safe overnight emergency shelter  to up to 164 men, women and families with children. Our Supportive Services Team help guests identify and set goals that will lead to a successful transition out of homelessness.

Most of us can't imagine the struggles that these families experience. The fact that we have these programs readily available to our community in need is so wonderful.

For more information about the Interfaith Sanctuary and how you can help, please visit their website, HERE.

Or, their amazon wish list to help run the shelter, HERE.


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