Homeless & Housing,
Mission: To provide respectful, hospitable shelter for the homeless men, women, and children of santa fe.
Programs: The interfaith community shelter is largely a volunteer organization that consists of 40+ faith and community groups and 2400+ volunteers. Volunteers serve in two different capacities in the night shelter. The core team is a rotating group of 5-6 trained volunteers who serve from 5pm to 9pm, seven days a week during the shelter season. They are responsible for providing oversight of all shelter operations, including registration of guests, security checks, luggage storage, bed assignments and work closely with the night program manager and paid overnight staff. The host teams are a separate group of volunteers and are responsible for preparing and serving meals in accordance with new mexico environmental department regulations. During the past 2013-14 winter season, the interfaith community shelter provided 1,028 discrete individuals with safe, hospitable shelter for 16,631 bed nights, with no reported deaths due to hypothermia in the city of santa fe. In addition, another 3,101 individuals were provided dinner only for a total of 36,363 dinners and breakfasts served. 2,446 shelter volunteers contributed an estimated 17,922 hours and 19,732 dinner meals. We estimate that the dinners provided by volunteers would have cost the shelter $78,928, and that the shelter would have needed to raise $354,317 to pay for the tasks undertaken by volunteers, according to the independent sector's value of volunteer time for new mexico.
the other component of the program is the day services program, formerly referred to as the resource and opportunity center. The interfaith community shelter in collaboration with all the major providers of homeless services in the city of santa fe operate resource days every tuesday, wednesday and friday, year round. Resource day services include but are not limited to: veterans assistance (va); healthcare, screening and enrollment in medicaid (healthcare for the homeless and the santa fe count mobile van); harm reduction and acudetox (santa fe community services); substance abuse and mental health counseling (life link); state i. D. S, limited funding and referrals to long-term housing (st. Elizabeth); hiv, aids and hep-c testing (southwest care); lunches, free clothing, showers, employment assistance and enrollment in food stamps (interfaith community shelter); legal aid; homeless court; haircuts; and art group. During the past year, our guests received the following services from the day services program: 9,832 individuals a free lunch; 387 individuals counseling from life link; 156 individuals case management and/or housing from the veterans administration; 174 individuals medical attention from healthcare for the homeless; 264 individuals assistance with employment from ics; and 5,276 individuals utilized santa fe community services. In addition, 5,169 individuals received 24,433 items from the free clothes closet and 3,390 individuals took advantage of the shower services.