The Youth Emergency Shelter (Y.E.S.) spent the week of January 30th through February 6th at UU Santa Fe. They arrived every night around 7:30 to 8 pm and slept in Fogelson Hall for the night in sleeping bags that the YouthWorks provided. We hosted 8 – 10 young adults and two staff each night.
YouthWorks is a non-profit, community-based organization that creates opportunities for disconnected youth and families in Northern New Mexico to become engaged and valued members of their communities. Through our programs; job training and placement, life skills, counseling, education, and leadership development, we inspire youth to realize their full potential.
We Served 8 – 10 young adults plus 2 to 4 staff members breakfast each morning and dinner 6 of the nights the young people stayed. We also provided a bagged lunch for the youth to take with them. We estimated that it costs about $500 for the week in cash or donations and that is averaging at approximately $30 per meal.
The turnout of the volunteers was exceptional. All who showed appreciated spending time fixing food, visiting with the young adults, and making connections with other members of UU Santa Fe.
Interfaith Community Shelter: Donation Information
We are truly grateful for the generosity and spirit of giving from donors wanting to help homeless families and individuals who need shelter. The Interfaith Community Shelter (formerly “Pete’s Pets”) is located at 2801 Cerrillos Road. The Interfaith Community Shelter Program is funded by the City of Santa Fe, the Frost Foundation, other foundations, and members of religious/spiritual groups in Santa Fe.
Donations are encouraged at the following site:
Food: The Shelter opens for volunteers from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily. One can bring prepared food and supplies to the Shelter at that time. The Shelter works closely with the FOOD DEPOT (1222 Siler Road, Phone: 471-1633), who also welcome funds, food and paper goods. The Food Depot supplies the IFC with milk, fruit, bread and butter, and dessert every week.
Food Most Needed:
- Cereal at breakfast and soups/stews at dinner
- Canned, bottled or small boxed juices -esp. apple juice- that don’t need refrigeration
- Large cans of DECAFFEINATED (only) coffee
- Hot chocolate packets, tea bags
Kitchen supplies Needed:
- Disposable serving plates, styrofoam bowls, plasticware (forks, knives, spoons), hot & cold cups
- Rubber gloves for serving food (preferably non-latex)
- 33-gallon size plastic garbage bags
- 1-or 2-gallon size clear plastic bags with zippers for storing food
- Paper towels, toilet paper, napkins
- Masking tape, ballpoint and Sharpie pens for labelling food for storage
Clothing, etc. Gently-used men’s & women’s clothing:
- Jackets/coats, sweaters, sweatshirts, trousers, jeans
- Tube socks/new underwear (men’s/ladies’ - all sizes)
- Hats, gloves, scarves, boots (mens’/ladies’ - all sizes)
- Toothbrushes, tooth paste, razors, combs, shampoo/lotion, travel kits
- Sleeping bags