Community Impact

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    Southeastern Idaho Community Action Agency Inc. – Pocatello, Idaho

    Darrin diligently volunteers to set up Pocatello’s Field of Heroes with over 6,000 crosses representing the soldiers who have given their lives since 9/11. He came to Southeastern Idaho Community Action Agency Inc. (SEICAA) as a homeless and hungry veteran. SEICAA helped him to rebuild his life, secure stable housing, and become self-sufficient, thanks to customized case management and support to overcome mental and physical barriers. To show his gratitude, Darrin volunteers to help with veteran-related activities through SEICAA, and enjoys helping fellow veterans who face similar challenges.

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    The Good Samaritan Home – Boise, Idaho

    Residents of The Good Samaritan Home enjoy meals together and a strong sense of community thanks to Avenues For Hope Housing Challenge proceeds and generous support from the community. For 73 years they have been providing hope, stability, and a place to call home for low-income seniors, veterans, and adults with disabilities. With their 45 private rooms always full, they show they care on a daily basis with three meals per day and the comforts of home for those less-fortunate.

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    LCCI/Mahoney Family Safety Center – Salmon, Idaho

    The community of Salmon, Idaho is fortunate to have the Mahoney Family Safety Center to provide emergency shelter, food, transportation, and other urgent needs to the victims of domestic violence. One resident, who was recently moved to a safe living situation from the Center after receiving a variety of essential services, can’t wait to pay it forward. “I can hardly wait to be in the position so that I can repay the kindness that has been bestowed upon me and my daughter,” she said.

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    Salvation Army Community Family Shelter – Nampa, Idaho

    The Salvation Army Nampa’s Community Family Shelter is the only intact family shelter in Canyon County that keeps homeless families together and houses single women. They offer emergency shelter for up to 90 days and transitional housing for up to 24 months, recognizing the dignity and value of all people, and helping move families from homelessness to financial independence and stability. A single mom with three children was recently able to finish her GED, get a sustainable full-time job and move her family into an apartment of their own after seven months in the transitional housing program. Professional case management helped her set goals, decrease debt, increase income, and gain employment while her children seamlessly attended school.

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    Blaine County Housing Authority

    Blaine County is a small, desirable mountain community with a high quality of life that comes with an increased cost of living. The people who provide important services in the Sun Valley area struggle to find affordable housing. The Blaine County Housing Authority operates the iconic Lift Tower Lodge motel to benefit the community, with 14 rooms providing temporary housing for 78 individuals to date, in addition to the rooms they have donated to other nonprofits in the community. A travelling nurse needed a place to stay to enable her to work in Ketchum each week for 3 days. With high rental rates and lengthy contract requirements, it was a struggle to find anything other than hotels, which were too expensive. She reached out to BCHA and qualified to stay at the Lift Tower Lodge. This economical option enables her to provide care at the local hospital, benefitting the community in the long run

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    The Jesse Tree of Idaho – Boise, Idaho

    The Jesse Tree of Idaho has provided a safety net for more than 6,650 people at risk of becoming homeless in Ada County since 2001. Emma, a working mother of two, was diagnosed with a terminal illness and her estranged husband quit his job leaving her without health insurance. After falling behind on rent, she was referred to The Jesse Tree’s Emergency Rent and Mercy Assistance (ERMA) program which provided case management along with rent for a month to stabilize her housing. Her social worker also helped connect Emma with Health and Welfare resources and vouchers to a thrift store to get clothes for her and her children, which helped alleviate expenses and worry in other areas of her life.

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    Advocates Against Family Violence – Caldwell, ID

    Since 2010, Advocates Against Family Violence in Caldwell has purchased 14 low-income rental units, constructed a 48-unit apartment complex, and will be adding 24 more housing units by 2018. Since creating these housing options, there are fewer people living in the shelter and survivors are becoming more self-sufficient at a quicker pace. They help clients overcome seemingly insurmountable trauma by providing a path to survivorship, healing, and hope for victims who enter the shelter battered and bruised. Thanks to AAFV for responding to the needs for permanent housing for the women and children in their domestic violence programs.

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    Aid for Friends – Pocatello, Idaho

    Aid for Friends – Pocatello, Idaho Various programs administered by Aid For Friends have been enhanced by funding from the Home Partnership Foundation. Hundreds of low income households have been sheltered, offered social services and assisted in achieving permanent housing. Managing programs that assist the homeless and families struggling to survive is challenging without charitable contributions. One client, Rachel, was working at a local grocery store but was unable to afford housing after dealing with depression, addiction, and jail time. She wore out her welcome staying with family members and ended up at the Aid For Friends Emergency Shelter. She entered the Transitional Housing Program a few months later and successfully participated in life skills classes offered. She was recently reunited with her daughter that she had lost custody of three years prior.

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