Bob and Sherry Holman, of Holman Transportation Services in Caldwell, have donated 50 EMPWR coats to the Interfaith Sanctuary in Boise!
Yeah, I had no idea what an EMPWR coat was, either.
After a little online scouting, I learned that an EMPWR coat is a water-resistant coat that can turn into a sleeping bag or an over-the-shoulder bag. The coats are made out of upcycle automotive insulation from General Motors, along with other materials, and cost $100 each.
The Interfaith Sanctuary will be able to use them to help “the chronically homeless who are shelter resistant” during the winter months, according to a press release we received.
The press release went on to say that Interfaith Sanctuary staff have been communicating with the shelter-resistant homeless and have learned various reasons why they don’t want to stay in a shelter.
Apparently some have been kicked out of other shelters and lost all their bedding and belongings, which obviously made them afraid to trust another one. Others have mental health issues that “may cause them to misbehave in stressful situations such as being inside a building with so many people and feeling unsafe and vulnerable.” Still others are afraid of losing loved ones or an animal they have with them.
So the plan is to ask these individuals to try staying at the Interfaith Sanctuary, and if it is too much or they don’t like it for whatever reason, they can take an EMPWR coat instead and still be OK.
A last note from Interfaith Sanctuary director Jodi Peterson, because she said it better than I can: “We are grateful for the Holman Transportation Company’s well-researched and thoughtful donation which came in right when our weather has turned for the worst, with heavy snow and many days registering below zero. …”
Thank you, Bob and Sherry.
D.L. Evans Bank donates to Nampa Library
D.L. Evans Bank has donated $5,000 to the Nampa Library Foundation in memory of John Evans, who served as Idaho’s governor from 1977 to 1987 and died in 2014. Evans’ grandfather was the founder of D.L. Evans Bank, and its current leaders wanted to honor him while helping with educational programs at the library.
Congratulations to the Nampa Public Library, and best wishes to D.L. Evans Bank for a good year.
2-year anniversary of Front Porch
This month marks the two-year anniversary of me writing this column. I was pretty unsure of myself at the start, but between kind letters and uplifting tidbits, you readers have given me confidence and shown me how friendly and caring this community can be.
You have such fun stories to tell, too! Thank you for sharing them with me and allowing me to pass them on in my own (sassy, positively biased, sometimes silly) way.
If it was important to you, I've done my best to make it important to me, too. It is, after all, Canyon County's Front Porch.