Boise Parks and Rec. to employ the homeless

Posted at 10:28 PM, Apr 07, 2017

Boise Parks and Recreation made a stop at Interfaith Sanctuary this week to give an orientation to 11 different guests who are part of the work program at the sanctuary who will now be working for the city.

"Well they could be planting flowers, they could help spread bark some of the spring time bark that we do around our different tree well, they could help pick up sanitation stuff like trash and garbage and things like that," said Doug Holloway, Director of Boise Parks and Recreation.

Parks and Recreation said the guests will do a number of different projects that parks and recreation have to do on a daily basis to keep the parks neat, clean, and beautiful, and they will be earning an honest wage by doing so. 

"They will be paid 9.25 cents an hour," said Holloway.

Parks and Recreation said that because the unemployment rate is so low in the city, they don't have a lot of people who will take seasonal jobs, so they've had a hard time filling the positions, that is until now.

"They are excited about it. They are excited about the fact that they have been working in the work program already with caseworkers, and with sanctuary, so this is something I think some of them have been looking forward to having this opportunity," said Holloway.

If they do well in their positions, they even have the possibility of getting hired on full time.

They said they are going to try the program out for a month and see how it goes, but should it be successful, they will expand the program into the summer. 

"We are looking forward to getting them out and getting them working," said Holloway.