Interfaith Sanctuary collecting donations to help people experiencing homelessness beat the heat

Posted at 11:19 PM, Jun 08, 2021
and last updated 2021-06-10 09:54:29-04

BOISE, Idaho — As temperatures heat up, Boise's Interfaith Sanctuary is seeking donations to help people experiencing homelessness beat the heat and stay cool.

The nonprofit has been stocking up on items, such as water bottles and sunscreen, and distributing them to those in need.

“What we try and do is preventive measures. Encourage them to find indoor space, stay at the cooler places like the river if there’s not an inside space for them. We encourage hydration," said Jodi Peterson-Stigers, executive director of Interfaith Sanctuary. "By the time they get back to us, if they haven’t been with us during the day, sometimes it’s about getting them cool off and manage their health.”

The shelter is looking for donated items like 4X-7X t-shirts, stretch, sweat pants, sunscreen, summer hats, bath towels, lip balms, and reusable water bottles.

Interfaith Sanctuary staff member shows the items they're stocking up to help people in need stay cool and combat the heat.

Last year, Interfaith Sanctuary partnered with the City of Boise and Corpus Christi House to open up a cooling shelter during the hotter days. It's not yet clear whether the service will be back this year, but Peterson-Stigers said they’re seeing what’s available.

“We are still actually looking for a building to become a day shelter again in partnership with Corpus Christi. That would move into covering the winter months, but we have not been able to identify another building at this time," Peterson-Stigers said.

Peterson-Stigers said local shelters are working together to help people beat the heat.

“This year, we are taking all of our donations at Interfaith Sanctuary and Corpus Christi is also operating off the backside of their property, and they can also use those donations to get them out to people that aren’t staying in our shelter and need help," Peterson-Stigers said.

People can drop off donations at Corpus Christi House between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m, Monday through Friday.