Interfaith Sanctuary, the shelter for homeless men, women and families, has a newly renovated family room. The public can see the improvements at an open house, 1 to 2 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 14 at the shelter, 1620 W. River St. in Boise.
The renovation was thanks to OATHS, The Organization Assisting The Homeless Student, a group that started charitable projects at Bishop Kelly High School, but that now includes students from across the Valley.
OATHS volunteers painted the walls and floor, provided a flat screen television and DVD player, and furnished the room with books, games, art supplies, and DVDs. OATHS also furnished the room and purchased a dining table and chairs, bookcases, and study tables from Idaho Correctional Industries ICI is an offender-training program that teaches work and life skills to offenders re-entering society.
The renovated room also features black and white photographs provided by the INSIDE OUT PROJECT, a global participatory art project.
The renovated room will serve a variety of functions at the Sanctuary. Families staying at the shelter can share a meal and watch a movie. Children will also have a place to read, do their homework, play games, and do art projects.