- Pioneer Neighborhood Community Center
The Pioneer Neighborhood Community Center, traditionally an after-school program for kids in the River Street neighborhood, is managed by the Parks and Recreation Department. The facility also occasionally opens its doors to homeless families with children during the hottest periods of summer and the coldest of winter. Now the shelter will remain open 8 a.m.-3 p.m., seven days a week through Sunday, April 1, to accommodate homeless families.
In addition to respite from the cold, lunch is provided for children and hot meals are provided for parents, thanks to a partnership with Life's Kitchen. Throughout the day, Parks and Rec staff provide children a variety of educational opportunities, including art classes and recreational activities, and in the center, there are computers, books, games, toys and art supplies.
Last winter, the Pioneer Day Shelter served 29 families for a total of 2,977 daily visits. Organizers say donations of diapers, baby wipes, socks and cash are always welcome. To donate, contact department Recreation Manager Paul Schoenfelder at 208-608-7688 or firstname.lastname@example.org.