The first step to solving homelessness is acknowledging that its victims are people. Regular people. Fathers. Mothers. Veterans. Whole families. Folks who fell on hard times and lost their footing. The people we sometimes call ALICE.
We spoke a lot last Fall about ALICE, and how an average of 40% of Southeast Idahoans are just one $400 unexpected expense away from a financial tornado they may not be able to escape from. Homelessness being the ending the result.
Aid For Friends goal is not only to assist those in need with immediate shelter and services, but also to offer personal and professional attention. They strive to offer hope to those facing homelessness.
Did you know that Aid For Friends facility is the only emergency shelter for women, men, and families in our region or that we have the state’s second-highest rate of homelessness? It is in a cramped, single-family home that operates at 114% of capacity most of the year. The capacity can reach much higher than this in the winter months.
Your support has created change!
Because of your generous donations through UWSEI’s Community Fund $20,400 was allocated just this year to the new shelter! The renovation of this much-needed shelter is scheduled to be done in about six months.
“Being able to open this coming winter, when the homeless are hit hardest, will be a real blessing,” said BJ Stensland, Aid For Friends executive director.
Donations are still needed to get this project over the finish line!
Online gifts made by Oct. 31 will be matched dollar for dollar by Idaho Housing and Finance Association.
If you know anyone facing homelessness or needs resources, please direct them to our COVID resource Page.