Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Pioneer Day Shelter open weekends for families in need

The Boise Parks and Recreation Department will reopen the Pioneer Day Shelter this Saturday, Dec. 1 for families experiencing homelessness.

The day shelter program, which will be open Saturdays and Sundays through the end of March, is located at the Pioneer Neighborhood Community Center (500 S. Ash St.) in the River Street Neighborhood south of downtown Boise. 

Now in its 10th year, the day shelter offers a variety of educational opportunities including art and recreation activities for families. The Pioneer Center has computers, books, games, art supplies and a large collection of toys. 

Parks and Recreation staff manage the supervised facility for families experiencing homelessness. The program will be open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays throughout the winter. The department is also partnering with Life’s Kitchen to provide families who visit the shelter a hot lunch. 

"We are proud to provide this important community resource for families in need during the winter months," said Boise Parks and Recreation Director Doug Holloway. "The Pioneer Day Shelter is a safe place for parents with young children to get out of the cold and have a hot meal." 

Families are referred by area service providers including Interfaith Sanctuary, Corpus Christi House and City of Light/River of Life Rescue Mission. 

While the City of Boise’s Pioneer Day Shelter will only be open on weekends, Interfaith Sanctuary now provides a program for families experiencing homelessness during the week. 

The Pioneer Day Shelter is often in need of donations of diapers, baby wipes or cash donations for new toys and youth activities. If you’d like to donate, please contact program coordinator Marie Hattaway at or call (208) 608-7688.