Serving the Homeless with Compassion and Respect
Preventable deaths from homelessness or hypothermia were reduced to zero from 2008 to 2014
People are homeless for many reasons. Twenty-five people died on our streets in 2005-06 and 24 in 2006-07. Existing agencies were overwhelmed. The faith communities of Santa Fe were moved to provide a winter emergency shelter, through a largely volunteer effort.
Our core mission:
- To treat all people with respect, honor and dignity.
- To assist homeless people with literacy/GED tutoring, employment strategies, and follow through.
- To collaborate with social service and governmental agencies.
Today over 2,000 volunteers from 43 faith communities and community groups have joined in providing overnight shelter and food from late October through early May. We also provide a hot lunch, showers, and clothing year-round on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday, and we work with other agencies to provide additional services for the homeless throughout the year at “Pete’s Place.”
In the 2013-14 winter season we provided 16,631 “bed nights,” a hot dinner, and a cold breakfast to 1,028 homeless men and women. (A bed night is one person for one night.)
During 2013-2014, the year-round “one-stop” Day Services Program provided 9,832 free lunches; 387 referrals to Life Link for substance abuse, behavioral health counseling, and housing; 156 referrals to the Veterans Administration’s counseling and housing program; 174 referrals to Healthcare for the Homeless for medical care and screening; 275 individuals with employment assistance; and 5,276 referrals to Santa Fe Community Services for harm reduction and case management. 5,169 individuals received 24,433 items of free clothing from the Community Closet, and 3,390 individuals got showers.
In the last six months, working together as the “one-stop,” ICS and our partners assisted 25 homeless people in getting into permanent housing and 16 more helped onto a path to housing.
You are invited to join us by:
- Offering your prayers for the homeless and for this service.
- Volunteering from 5:30 to 9:00 p.m. during the winter season or assisting throughout the year on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Fridays from 9 a.m. to noon with lunches, showers, clothing, and assistance in finding jobs.
- Contributing food, clothing, or personal items needed by the homeless.
- Making a financial contribution.