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Sven Berg: How you can help the homeless, others in need

Nasty weather is here, and the holidays are coming.

That means people in the Treasure Valley, like all over the United States, are looking for ways to help people who drew a bad hand in life and ended up homeless or in unstable housing situations.

The valley's most visible and talked-about population of homeless people is in Boise, just to the right of the Connector as you come into Downtown. That camp used be located underneath the Connector's bridge over 16th and15th streets, but a renovation of the skate park there has pushed them into the alleys behind Corpus Christi and Sanctuary, both shelters.

The debate over what to do about homelessness in Boise will go on for years, but if you want to help people right now — or if you need help — here's a list of local organizations that serve the homeless and others in need.

Shelters and housing services

Name: River of Life Men's Shelter

Services: Provide housing and meals for men

Phone: 575 S. 13th St.

Contact: (208) 389-9840

Website: www.boiserm.org


▪ Breakfast: 6:30 a.m. (daily)

▪ Lunch: 11:50 a.m. (daily); 1:00 p.m. (Sunday)

▪ Dinner: 5 p.m. for outside guests; 7 p.m. for River of Life guests

Name: City Light Women's and Children's Shelter

Services: Provide meals and emergency shelter for women and children

Address: 1404 W. Jefferson St.

Phone: (208) 3430-4680

Website: www.boiserm.org


▪ Breakfast: 6:30 a.m. (M-F); 9:00 a.m. (Sunday)

▪ Brunch: 10:30 a.m. (Saturday)

▪ Lunch: noon (Monday through Friday)

▪ Dinner: 5 p.m. (daily)

Name: Interfaith Sanctuary

Services: Overnight shelter

Address: 1620 W. River St.

Phone: (208) 343-2630

Website: www.interfaithsanctuary.org

Schedule: Open 6 p.m. every night; close 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. Sunday

Name: Corpus Christi

Services: Day shelter for homeless people

Address: 525 Americana Blvd.

Phone: (208) 426-0039

Website: www.corpuschristihouse.org


Name: Boise City/Ada County Housing Authority

Services: Housing for people in need

Address: 1276 W. River St., #300

Phone: (208) 345-4907

People in crisis, call the Idaho CareLine by dialing 211

Website: www.bcacha.org

Name: Pioneer Day Shelter

Services: Temporary day shelter for families with children

Address: 500 S. Ash St., Boise

Phone: (208) 384-4069

Website: parks.cityofboise.org/parks-locations/parks/pioneer-neighborhood-community-center


▪ Through Nov. 29: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. daily

▪ Nov. 30 - April 1: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Other charitable organizations

Name: Allumbaugh House

Services: Detoxification and residential mental health crisis treatment

Address: 400 N Allumbaugh St., Boise 9 www.trhs.org

Phone: (208) 377-966

Website: www.trhs.org

Name: Catholic Charities of Idaho

Services: Counseling and education for individuals, families and groups

Address: 1502 S. Federal Way, #450, Boise

Phone: (208) 345-6031

Website: www.ccidaho.org

Name: El-Ada Community Action Partnership

Services: Utility bill assistance, food pantry, HIV testing, counseling and education

Address: 2250 S. Vista, Boise

Phone: (208) 345-2820

Website: www.eladacap.org

Name: Home Partnership Foundation

Services: Support shelters and help people stay in their homes through charitable donations

Address: 565 W Myrtle St, Boise

Phone: (208) 424-7010

Website: www.homepartnershipfoundation.org

Name: CATCH (Charitable Assistance to Community's Homeless)

Services: Connect families with services they need, organize volunteers

Address: 503 S. Americana Blvd., Boise

Phone: (208) 246-8830

Website: www.catchprogram.org

Name: Idaho Food Bank

Services: Meals for families in need

Address: Call or see website for locations

Phone: (208) 336-9643

Website: idahofoodbank.org/locations

Name: Idaho Division of Veterans Services

Services: Benefits and other services for veterans

Address: 320 Collins Rd, Boise

Phone: (208) 577-2310

Website: www.veterans.idaho.gov

Name: Jesse Tree

Services: Rent assistance and case management for low-income people

Address: 1025 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise

Phone: (208) 383-9486

Website: www.jesse-tree.com

Name: Safe Place Ministries

Services: Education and support for people, care providers and churches affected by domestic or sexual abuse.

Address: 723 N. Mitchell St., Boise

Phone: (208) 323-2169

Website: www.safeplaceministries.com

Name: Salvation Army

Services: Housing, food assistance, energy bill assistance, case management

Address: 1904 W. Bannock St., Boise

Phone: (208) 343-5420

Website: www.salvationarmy.org

Name: SHIP (Supportive Housing for Innovative Partnerships)

Services: Assistance for people in recovery

Address: 1405 W. Grove, Boise

Phone: (208) 331-0900

Website: www.shipinc.org

Name: Terry Reilly Health Services

Services: Medical, dental and behavioral health care

Address: See website for locations

Phone: (208) 467-4431

Website: www.trhs.org

Name: Treasure Valley YMCA

Services: Youth development, healthy living programs

Address: 1050 W. State St., Boise

Phone: (208) 344-5502

Website: www.ymcatvidaho.org

Name: United Way Treasure Valley

Services: Education, health and financial services for people in need

Address: P.O. Box 7963, Boise

Phone: (208) 336-1070

Website: www.unitedwaytv.org

Name: Women's and Children's Alliance

Services: Shelter and transitional housing, case management, crisis hotline, other support

Address: 720 W. Washington St. Boise

Phone: (208) 343-3688

Website: www.wcaboise.org