When the only shelter for women and children in Nampa closed in November, members of the community felt the need to step up to make emergency resources available.
“As soon as we saw the way to purchase the property and move in and open it back up, we took advantage of the opportunity and here we are,” Boise Rescue Mission CEO Bill Roscoe said.
The Boise Rescue Mission’s new 9,000 square foot Valley Women and Children’s Shelter is now open and can comfortably house 60 women and children. Roscoe says there’s also room for an additional overflow of 60, if needed.
“Ladies show up at our shelters all the time with the clothes on their back and a child in toe, and that's it,” Roscoe said. “When they do, we're really blessed that we have the capacity to serve those people and provide them with clothing, coats, and a safe place to stay.”
The shelter has a TV room for relaxing, plus a play room filled with toys and an outdoor playground for kids.
The facility also has fully stocked rooms with clothing, shoes and accessories for women and kids - plus toiletries and beauty products to make women feel more at home.
“Everything that any woman would need coming in here is going to be available in this building and we'll be able to help them out,” Roscoe said.
After being open only a few short days, the shelter is already home to a woman and child with more scheduled to check in this weekend.
“It is the only emergency shelter for women and children in the city of Nampa and we do expect that in short order we will be filling this building up with people,” Roscoe said.
Boise Rescue Mission leaders expect the shelter to reach full capacity within the next 90 days.
Everything in the shelter- food, clothing, furniture and labor- was all donated by members of the community. If you’d like to make a donation or learn more about how you can help Click Here.