Corpus Christi House 

[ Corpus Christi House ]

525 Americana Blvd., 426-0045 | est. 2005

Community served: Everyone is welcome.

Who will not be admitted: Anyone, intoxicated or sober, is welcome, as long as they are not disruptive. Guests are not searched upon entering.

How to stay there: Just show up, or call the hotline.

Capacity and Average Population: 84 people, generally full.

Length of stay/day use: CCH is a day house only, open Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and for church on Sunday morning.

Recreation/social services: As a day shelter, CCH offers a place for people to shower, change clothes and have a snack or coffee. CCH has contact information for other programs and organizations such as shelters, counseling, etc. Computers are available for use to search for jobs, games or check e-mail. Those in need can use CCH's address and phone number as their own contact information, and businesses in search of day labor use CCH as a resource.

Food: CCH is not set up to prepare food. Often churches donate sandwiches or Life's Kitchen donates soup. However, no meals are scheduled.

Religious affiliation, agenda or services: CCH offers a prayer service for those who want to stay. It is not required. CCH is affiliated with predominantly the Catholic Church, but also has ties to the Methodist and Mennonite faiths.

Funding: Mainly through religious donations. However, donations are accepted from private sources. CCH is strictly volunteer run, most of whom are from the Catholic Church.

Volunteers opportunities: Yes. Call 426-0045.

Wish list: Kids clothes.

[ Boise Rescue Mission ]

520 Front St., 343-2491 | est. 1958

Community served: Men (the mentally ill are welcome, but BRM does not cater specifically to them).

How to stay there: Show up, or call the hotline.

Who will not be admitted: Visibly intoxicated men. While not every guest is searched, staff members perform random searches.

Capacity and average population: 65 beds in the main sleeping area with the capacity to accommodate overflow of up to 70 more.

Length of stay/Day use: Currently, BRM is on a winter schedule, which means men can stay as long as necessary. The summer schedule soon goes into effect, requiring men to vacate after 17 days. If, during their 17-day stay, residents choose not to take advantage of resources to help them find work and permanent residence, they cannot stay for the next 30 consecutive days. However, those who are making an effort and need more time can have their stay slightly extended.

Recreation/social services: All BRM shelters have extensive connections to area organizations providing social services, including the Veterans' Administration and organizations established for mothers, children and seniors. Enrollment in a work search program provides residents with an extra 30-day stay if necessary.

Food: Three meals per day. Breakfast at 7 a.m., lunch at noon, dinner at 7 p.m. Open to the public, including many people who are not homeless but are working poor.

Religious affiliation, agenda or services: Interdenominational Christian, though support comes from the entire spectrum of the faith community including several non-Christian organizations. BRM offers chapel services performed every night by volunteers from local churches at the facility. Participation is not required.

Funding: Primarily from the greater community. About 95 percent of BRM's contributions are from individual businesses and families. Some funding is also received via churches and other religious organizations. BRM does not receive government funding.

Volunteer opportunities: Yes. Contact the volunteer coordinator at 343-2389.

Wish List: Non-perishable food items and fresh meat.

[ City Light Home for Women ]

1404 W. Jefferson St., 368-9901 | est. 2000

Community served: Single women, women and children.

Who will noy be admitted: As long as you are sober enough to walk down the stairs unassisted, you're welcome.

Capacity and average population: 35 beds for women and children in emergency, with the capacity for about 40 more temporarily. Currently operating right at capacity with between 30-37 residents.

Length of stay/day use: Generally CLH does not allow day use. However some exceptions are made for women with infant children, those who are sick and bedridden, and the frail and elderly. The length of stay is initially 30 days. Without making efforts toward a better situation, residents are asked not to stay for the next 30 consecutive days. However, anyone who makes efforts and needs additional time can have their stay extended.

Recreation/social services: CLH is affiliated with the Boise Rescue Mission, the River of Life Men's Shelter and the Lighthouse Rescue Mission in Nampa. All shelters have extensive connections to area organizations providing social services, including the Veterans' Administration and organizations established for mothers, children and seniors. Enrollment in a work search program provides residents with an extra 30-day stay at any shelter if necessary. Computer lab and computer classes also available.

Food: Three meals per day. Breakfast at 7:30 a.m., lunch at noon, dinner at 7 p.m. Open to the public, including many people who are not homeless but are mothers with kids and the working poor.

Religious affiliation, agenda or services: Interdenominational Christian, though support comes from the entire spectrum of the faith community including several non-Christian organizations. CLH offers chapel services performed every night by volunteers from local churches at the facility. Participation is not required.

Funding: Primarily from the greater community. About 95 percent of CLH's contributions are from individual businesses and families. Some funding is also received via churches and other religious organizations. CLH does not receive government funding.

Volunteer opportunities: Yes. Contact the volunteer coordinator at 343-2389.

Wish List: Non-perishable food items and fresh meat.

[ River of Life Men's Shelter ]

575 13th St., 389-9840 | formerly Community House (est. 1992),

re-named River of Life in 2005

Community served: Men and boys.

How to stay there: Show up, or call the hotline.

Who will not be admitted: Anyone who is visibly intoxicated. Guests are searched when admitted.

Capacity and average population: RL has a total of 80 beds in two dorms with the capability to accommodate overflow of another 50 males. On average, RL accommodates 88 men and boys each night.

Length of stay/day-use: Same as Boise Rescue Mission.

Recreation/social services: Like BRM and CLH, RL has extensive connections to area organizations providing social services, including the Veterans' Administration and organizations established for mothers, children and seniors. Enrollment in a work search program provides residents with an extra 30-day stay at any shelter if necessary. Most residents are in and out of RL in 4 to 6 weeks.

Food: Three meals per day. Breakfast at 7 a.m., lunch at noon, dinner at 7 p.m. Open to the public, including many people who are not homeless but working poor.

Religious affiliation, agenda or services: Interdenominational Christian, though support comes from the entire spectrum of the faith community including several non-Christian organizations. RL offers chapel services performed every night by volunteers from local churches at the facility. Participation is not required.

Funding: Primarily from the greater community. About 95 percent of RL's contributions are from individual businesses and families. Some funding is also received via churches and other religious organizations. RL does not receive government funding.

Volunteer opportunities: Yes. Contact the volunteer coordinator at 343-2389.

wish list: Non-perishable food items and fresh meat.

[ Women's and Children's Alliance ]

720 W. Washington St., 343-3688 | est. 1980

Community served : Victims of physical and sexual violence. WCA is a domestic violence shelter facilitating women and children. WCA provides counseling to men.

How to stay there: Call 343-3688, or call the 24-hour crisis line at 343-7025.

Who will not admitted: WCA is a secure domestic violence shelter, not a homeless shelter. Only victims of domestic violence will be admitted.

Capacity and average population: WCA can accommodate 109 people. On average, WCA accommodates 29 women and 39 children monthly.

Length of stay/day use: On average women stay 90 to 120 days. No day use.

Recreation/social services: WCA has a comprehensive social program, including individual counseling, therapeutic support groups, two crisis lines (rape crisis: 345-7273, crisis center hotline 343--7025) and a rape and sex assault program.

Food: The WCA's kitchen prepares its own meals.

Religious affiliation, agenda or services: No religious affiliation.

Funding: WCA is funded through grants, foundations and the United Way. WCA receives federal and state domestic violence funds as well as private donations from businesses.

Volunteer opportunities? Yes. Call 343-3688.

Wish list: Money, food and clothing, food gift cards, phone cards and bus tokens.

[ Hayes Shelter Home ]

7221 Poplar St., 322-6687, www.youthranch.org | est. 1966

Community served: Boys and girls ages 9 to 17 years old who are runaways, homeless or at risk.

How to stay there: Show up, or call the hotline.

Who will not be admitted: Any teen will be admitted.

Capacity/average population: 12 beds. Plans are under way to expand, but they have yet to be determined. HSH usually operates at or close to capacity year round.

Length of stay/day use: HSH is an emergency crisis shelter. The average child stays two to three weeks, though some stay as little as a few hours or long as few months. Most of HSH's kids come from an environment of abuse or neglect, therefore HSH kids can stay as long as necessary to reunite them with their family or to place them in a safe alternative environment.

Recreation/Social Services: HSH has a service learning program in which kids participate in community services such as Meals on Wheels. An accredited education program in partnership with the Boise School District allows kids to earn high school credit or work toward a G.E.D. or gain life skills training. Both individual and family mediation counseling services are available, and HSH operates a community-based hotline providing help to kids and adults (1-877-805-2308).

Food: HSH provides three meals plus a snack for those in residence at the home. However, if a non-resident child needs a meal or a shower, the home will accommodate those needs. Also, HSH will provide a meal to anyone in need, or help in any reasonable way, those in need who contact the help line.

Religious affiliation, agenda or services: None. Affiliated with Idaho Youth Ranch.

Funding: County and federal grants, and private donations.

Volunteer opportunities: Yes. Call 322-6687, or register to volunteer through the United Way or the Idaho Youth Ranch.

Wish list: Volunteers for meal making, hanging out with the kids and tutoring, HSH would really appreciate duffle bags or suitcases, so that kids don't have to pack their belongings in garbage bags.

[ Salvation Army S.A.F.E. Center ]

1617 N. 24th St., corner of 24th St. and Bella, (208) 345-6224 | est. 1981

Community served: Single women, women with children, or "intact families" (either two parents and kids, or a father and kids).

How to stay there: The S.A.F.E. center provides case-managed emergency shelter and is not a homeless shelter. Apply for a room at the Salvation Army office at 2408 W. State St.

Who will not be admitted: Walk-ins. The S.A.F.E. center is for case-managed guests only.

Capacity and Average Population: Capacity is technically 56, but works out to be less since families are given their own rooms. Usually operates at capacity.

length of stay/day use: Maximum stay is 90 days to be used while either gainfully employed, looking for work or going to school. No day use.

Recreation/social services: Case-specific social workers can help place kids in nearby elementary, secondary or high schools, or help residents to obtain bus passes and YMCA passes. A computer lab is also onsite.

Food: Breakfast, sack lunch and dinner provided free seven days a week.

Religious affiliation, agenda or services: No religious requirement, but Salvation Army has a chapel and can help direct residents to other churches.

Funding: Private donations, plus minimal federal Emergency Shelter Grant funds.

Volunteers opportunities: Yes. Contact Rick Hempsmire at 383-4235.

Wish list: Volunteer "mentors," food and money.

[ The Boise River ]

Wherever you can find a camping spot: under bridges, in parks. | est. n/a

Community served: Anyone.

How to stay there: Show up.

Who will not be admitted: No one.

Capacity and average population: Unlimited/unknown.

Rules concerning length of stay and day use: None, except as enforced by local law enforcement.

Recreation/social services: None.

Food: None.

Religious affiliation, agenda or services: None.

Funding: None.

Volunteers opportunities: None.

wish list: A better alternative.

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