Boise opens seasonal day shelter for homeless families

Posted: 11:10 AM, Dec 04, 2017
Updated: 2017-12-04 18:10:58Z

Boise Parks and Recreation Department officials have reopened a seasonal day shelter for families experiencing homelessness.

The day shelter program is located at the Pioneer Neighborhood Community Center, 500 S. Ash St. in Boise. The center is located in the River Street neighborhood south of downtown.

Boise Parks and Recreation manages the supervised facility from  8 a.m. to 3 p.m., for families experiencing homelessness. The day shelter will be open seven days a week through April 1, city officials said.  

Now in its ninth year, the day shelter offers a variety of educational opportunities including art classes and recreation activities. The Pioneer Center houses computers, books, games, art supplies and a large collection of toys.

“The goal of the day shelter is to provide a warm, safe place during the day for families with young children who are experiencing homelessness,” said Recreation Manager Paul Schoenfelder.  

Lunches are provided for the children -- and hot meals are provided for their parents -- thanks to a partnership with Life’s Kitchen. 

“Families are referred by area service providers, including Interfaith Sanctuary, Corpus Christi House or City Light/River of Life Rescue Mission. Last year, the program served 29 families with 2,977 daily visits logged over the winter season,” said Parks and Rec spokesperson Bonnie Shelton.

Donations of diapers, baby wipes, socks, new toys or cash for baby supplies and youth activities are welcome.