It's been nearly a month since Citydesk first heard word that renowned homeless advocate Will Rainford and his wife Rosio Gonzalez, executive director of Catholic Charities of Idaho were leaving the Treasure Valley. Both are board members of Interfaith Sanctuary. The shelter's executive director, Jayne Sorrels tells Citydesk that the organization is currently accepting applications from community members interested in serving on the board. In addition to the vacancies created by Rainford and Gonzalez, there are a couple of additional openings, and "we have a general need for people with diverse skill sets," Sorrels says. Applications are available at interfaithsanctuary.org.
Citydesk also asked Sorrels about the City of Boise's pilot program "Have a Heart, Give Smart." The recently unveiled initiative encourages citizens not to give to "panhandlers" but rather to organizations that serve the homeless.
"People want to help and are very compassionate and often don't know the best of more effective way to go about this," said Sorrels. "Whether to give money to someone who is panhandling or not is certainly a personal choice. The campaign simply provides people with other options to consider."
Interfaith Sanctuary shelters more than 120 men, women and children each night and provides supportive services that promote self-sufficiency.