Interfaith Sanctuary sets up pop up thrift shop

BOISE - With winter just around the corner, a pop up thrift shop was set up in Boise Saturday morning to give homeless folks the opportunity to stock up on warm clothing.

Jose Armando Sandoval has been staying at the River of Life Men's Shelter. The former U.S. Marine Corps veteran enjoyed the chance to do a little bit of shopping, free of charge, in the back lot of Interfaith Sanctuary's shelter. By the time he leaves, he'll be ready for Idaho's cold winter months.

"I picked up some pants, some shirts and socks," Armando Sandoval said.

Organizers were overwhelmed with donations from the community. They have plans to host a similar event in Jan.

They're hoping that anyone thinking of staying outside this winter considers giving Interfaith Sanctuary a try.

"We have some very, very good programming," said Jodi Peterson with the shelter. "We have a comfortable shelter with warm meals and most importantly we have ten case managers who are really here to serve our guests to help them overcome whatever it is they need to overcome."

Peterson is referring to their new S.T.E.P.S. Program that's aimed at getting to the root problems of homelessness.

Case managers help formulate individual plans and are by their side each step of the way.

As for Armando Sandoval, he tries to improve his situation each day by living the Golden Rule.

"I try to be nice to people and respect them and love them. That's the kind of person I am," he said.

Along with the new S.T.E.P.S. Program at Interfaith Sanctuary is the opportunity to sponsor one of their guests.

For more information, visit http://supportingshelter.org.

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