Monday, December 04, 2017

Pioneer Day Shelter reopens

Boise Parks and Recreation has 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 for families experiencing homelessness from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The day shelter will be open seven days a week through April 1. 

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.

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

Please contact Recreation Manager Paul Schoenfelder via email at pschoenfelder@cityofboise.org or (208) 608-7688 if you any have questions or would like to donate.