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BOISE — Families in need now have a warm place to spend the day through the coldest months of the year. 

Until March, Boise Parks and Recreation will be operating its Pioneer Day Shelter for families experiencing homelessness. The shelter will provide arts and recreation opportunities, computers, toys, books, games and art supplies. 

It is located at the Pioneer Neighborhood Community Center at 500 S. Ash St., south of downtown Boise and will be open weekends from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

Life's Kitchen, a nonprofit that provides culinary training to at-risk youth, will provide families at the shelter a hot lunch. 

“We are proud to provide this important community resource for families in need during the winter months,” Boise Parks and Recreation Director Doug Holloway said in a press release. “The Pioneer Day Shelter is a safe place for parents with young children to get out of the cold and have a hot meal.”

Families are referred by area service providers including Interfaith Sanctuary, Corpus Christi House and City of Light/River of Life Rescue Mission. Those who need similar services during the week can visit Interfaith Sanctuary for similar services. 

The Pioneer Day Shelter is often in need of donations of diapers, baby wipes or cash donations for new toys and youth activities. If you’d like to donate, please contact program coordinator Marie Hattaway at or call 208-608-7688.

Margaret Carmel covers the city of Boise. Follow her on Twitter @mlcarmel or reach her by phone at 757-705-8066. 

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