The Idaho Foodbank is the largest distributor of free food in the entire state. Last year, it distributed food for nearly 16 million meals through its statewide partner network and direct-service programs for children, adults and seniors. In addition to providing food to more than 179,000 Idahoans every month, the foodbank promotes good nutrition and healthy living through education and collaborative programs and partnerships.
The Salvation Army of Caldwell helps build healthy families through meaningful multi- generational programming. Access to nutritious food through their food pantry is a key component as well as their Baby Haven Program helping low-income parents learn effective parenting tools for their infants and toddlers, all while earning incentives to help make ends meet. Enrichment for older children is provided through music, arts and character building programs.
Boise’s largest men’s shelter, the River of Life, has served nearly 170,000 meals, offered 75,000 beds and transitioned 280 men from homelessness into independent living this year. It’s an essential force in serving homeless men of Boise.
Currently housing over 120 women and 78 children every night, City Light Home for Women and Children has been a safe haven in Boise since 2000 providing shelter, meals, clothing and recovery programs; this shelter has everything women and children need to get back up on their feet.
The Lighthouse Rescue Mission in Nampa is a place of refuge for homeless men in the Treasure Valley offering work search assistance, addiction recovery, Veterans’ programs, a Veterans Therapy Garden and mental health counseling. The Lighthouse helps men of all backgrounds get the care they deserve.
Valley Women and Children’s Shelter in Nampa provides 60 beds that are full most nights. On average, 60% of the shelter guests are children. This safe, clean environment also offers case management, meals, and clothing to women and children in Nampa and surrounding areas.
For 130 years, The Salvation Army of Ada County has provided food, shelter and clothing to those in our community who are of the greatest need. Their unique school program provides pregnant and parenting teens with the resources they need to complete high school and go on to higher education. More than 39,000 people turn to the Salvation Army for help and hope throughout the year with 7,000 people receiving assistance at Christmas.
The goal of the Jubilee House in Twin Falls is to help women suffering from addiction to become productive members of their families and their communities. The Jubilee House helps women to receive help in recovering physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually from their addictions. Approximately 80% of all crime in the United States is related to drug or alcohol addiction and Idaho spends between $60 to $102 million to incarcerate and treat offenders who wind up in jail due to addictions to meth. The Jubilee House has a 75% success rate of women becoming viable members of the community.
Last year the Salvation Army of Twin Falls provided over 57,000 services to people in the community including hot meals, showers, food boxes, school supplies, clothing and household item vouchers, and coats. After-school and summer programs have also become heavily utilized resources for the children of Twin Falls.
The Salvation Army of Nampa faithfully serves its community by providing a comprehensive food pantry, extensive children’s programming, including an after school program and a special 10 week summer day camp geared for working parents, as well as rapid rehousing program, emergency winter housing and a day shelter providing 2-meals a day, showers, laundry and case management.