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Boise Rescue Mission to open new shelter for women and children in Nampa Thursday

Work to ready the Valley Women and Children's Shelter in Nampa Photo: Image by Valley Women and Children's Shelter

Boise Rescue Mission to open new shelter for women and children in Nampa Thursday

By Maria Decaney. CREATED Feb 5, 2014

The Boise Rescue Mission will open a new emergency shelter for women and children in Nampa on Thursday, February 6th. The Valley Women and Children’s Shelter will fill the need for emergency shelter after the Valley Crisis Center, which occupied the same building, closed last year due to financial problems.

Reverend Bill Roscoe of the Boise Rescue Mission said, “There was a great need to replace the Valley Crisis Center once it closed. Not only is the Valley Women and Children’s Shelter the only emergency shelter in Nampa, it’s the only one in the western Treasure Valley.” Roscoe said the new emergency shelter will take some of the burden off other area shelters which saw increases to their waiting lists once the Valley Crisis Center closed.

Domestic violence, a sagging economy and substance abuse are three reasons why Roscoe believes area shelters have seen an increase in activity. “The economy has made things quite different,” he said. “We’re seeing a lot of first-time homeless; people who were laid off or had their hours cut and have no ‘Plan B’ for where to go or what to do.”

The facility, at 869 W. Corporate Lane off of Nampa-Caldwell Blvd. and Midland Blvd., will provide emergency shelter, meals and case management for homeless women and women with children. Women who show up and identify themselves as homeless and needing help will be welcomed with open arms.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place at the shelter at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday. Speakers will include First Lady Lori Otter, Canyon County Sheriff Kieran Donahue and Nampa Mayor Bob Henry.
The public is invited and tours of the new shelter will be offered after the ribbon-cutting.