INTERFAITH COMMUNITY SHELTER

SERVING THE HOMELESS WITH COMPASSION AND RESPECT

Our mission: Working with volunteers and community groups, we provide short-term survival services, as well as active service experiences for volunteers, and additional long-term services in collaboration with the City of Santa Fe and local service provider partners.

Interfaith Community Shelter, also known as Pete’s Place, offers hope and a safe place for anyone who is homeless or vulnerable as they overcome adversity. ICS is more than an overnight shelter for those who do not have a place to sleep. It offers a range of services available during the day all year long for any low or no-income individual whether he or she is experiencing homelessness or not.

Interfaith Community Shelter has over 1,850 volunteers from 45 faith communities and civic groups who have contributed an estimated 16,000 hours of service in the fiscal year 2016-2017. In addition to overnight shelter, ICS and its partner providers offer services to promote self-reliance and help make the transition from homelessness to stable housing. ICS’s seasonal night shelter and the Women’s Summer Safe Haven are minimal barrier shelters.

ORGANIZATION

Partner Providers and Collaborators

Partner Providers offer services at Interfaith Community Shelter for any person needing access to services necessary to stabilize his or her life. For the list of services offered and their scheduled days and times, see Programs and Services or the Calendar.

  • Food Depot
  • Goodwill Industries
  • Healthcare for the Homeless
  • Homeless Court, Municipal Court for the City of Santa Fe
  • Homeless Legal Clinic, State Bar of New Mexico
  • Life Link
  • New Mexico Street Homeless Animal Project
  • Office of Congressman Ben Lujan, Constituent Liaison
  • Joe Rosetta, traditional support worker; Santo Domingo Pueblo
  • Presbyterian Medical Services
  • Santa Fe Community Services
  • Santa Fe County District Attorney
  • Southwest Care Center
  • St. Elizabeth’s Shelter and Supportive Housing Programs
  • Veterans Administration
  • Youth Shelters and Family Services Outreach Program

Other collaborators working with ICS to provide services or other assistance to those experiencing homelessness.

  • Casa Cerrillos Permanent Supportive Housing
  • Casa Familia Shelter for Women and Families
  • Christus St. Vincent CARE Connection Assessment Center
  • City of Santa Fe
  • Esperanza Shelter for Battered Families Support Center
  • Feed the Hungry
  • Mobile Integrated Health Office of the Santa Fe Fire Department
  • Santa Fe Police Department
  • St. Elizabeth Men’s Shelter
  • Santa Fe Mobile Response Crisis Team and PMS Guidance Center
  • Santa Fe Veteran’s Center
  • Veterans Integration Center
  • Youth Shelters and Family Services
Host Teams for 2016 – 2017 Winter Shelter

We are grateful to the generous faith communities, businesses and community groups who prepare a nutritious and filling dinner each night for the Winter Shelter Season. Learn more how you can organize a Host Team on our Volunteer Page.

•    The Cathedral Basilica St. Francis of Assisi
•    Christ Lutheran Church Santa Fe
•    Christus St. Vincent ER and Healthfront
•    Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center
•    The Church of the Holy Faith
•    The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
•    El Coro De Jesucristo
•    Eldorado Community Church
•    First Baptist Church
•    First Presbyterian Church
•    Holy Trinity Orthodox Church
•    Brian and Randine Hughes
•    Immanuel Lutheran Church, Santa Fe
•    Knights of Columbus Council #10517, Santa Maria de la Paz Catholic Community
•    La Familia Medical Center
•    La Posada de Santa Fe Resort
•    Lighthouse Church of Santa Fe
•    Marcy Park Seventh Day Adventist Church
•    Olive Garden Italian Kitchen
•    Rancho Viejo Women’s Group
•    Rotary Club of Santa Fe
•    Rotary Club, Santa Fe Centro
•    San Isidro Catholic Church
•    Members of Santa Fe Atheist Community
•    Santa Fe Center for Spiritual Living
•    Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce
•    Santa Fe Civitan
•    Santa Fe Indian School
•    Santa Fe Vipassana Sangha
•    Santa Maria De La Paz Catholic Community
•    Sikh group
•    Religious Society of Friends Santa Fe
•    St. Anne’s Parish
•    St. Anne’s Parish Life Team
•    St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, Pecos
•    St. Bede’s Episcopal Church
•    St. Johns United Methodist Church
•    St. Michael’s High School
•    Temple Beth Shalom
•    Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Santa Fe
•    United Church of Santa Fe
•    Upaya Zen Center
•    Westminster Presbyterian Church
•    Woodmen of The World Org.
•    Zia United Methodist Church

Staff for Interfaith Community Shelter

Joe Jordan-Berenis
Executive Director

Joe was born in Brooklyn, New York and worked for 28 years at Family of Woodstock, Inc., a human services agency to meet the needs of people experiencing homelessness in Ulster County in New York. Family of Woodstock was started by a group of townspeople and clergy who were concerned for the welfare of the young people gravitating to Woodstock at the end of the original festival. Joe helped Family grow from a small nonprofit into a multi-million dollar human services agency and the largest provider of homeless services in Ulster County, New York. For ten years, he served as chair for the Runaway and Homeless Youth Advisory Committee to the New York State Office of Children and Family Services, through both Democratic and Republican administrations, and received numerous awards for his work with runaway, homeless and street-involved youth. In 2016, he was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award from the New Mexico Behavioral Health Planning Council for his service to people experiencing homelessness in the states of New York and New Mexico.

Joe loves living in Santa Fe and working at the Interfaith Community Shelter. Whenever he is asked how he arrived at the shelter, he always replies, “Draw a circle where you’re standing. That’s where God wants you to be.” He believes that both Santa Fe and Woodstock possess a mythical quality about them that is appealing to many people; though, he’ll admit, living in Santa Fe is starkly different from living in the woods on the top of a mountain in Woodstock.

Beverly Kellam
Finance Director

Beverly hails from Louisiana, the Bayou State, and has degrees in business and economics from Baylor University and the University of Oklahoma. Before starting her family, Beverly was an economist and writer for the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, and she taught economics as an adjunct professor at several colleges and universities in Oklahoma and Dallas. She has spoken to business and educational groups about topics ranging from monetary policy to the economics of school choice and health care reform. That said, Beverly would argue that her greatest achievements to date are now 18, 15 and 10 years old – her three children: Alex, Reed and Katie. Beverly has been very active at their schools. She developed a volunteer program at Carlos Gilbert Elementary School and is the PTK Treasurer helping to raise over $100,000 to improve educational programs and facilities. Beverly also was the PA Treasurer for Desert Academy and the raffle coordinator which raised over $50,000 for tuition assistance and international programs.

Sue Carr
Assistant to the Executive Director

Sue Carr is originally from the Chicago area, but moved to Colorado in 1980 with her family and lived there for 25 years. She has her BA in music from Colorado Christian University and over the years has worked as a music director for churches; music, piano, and English as a Second Language teacher; and an office administrator. Throughout her career, Sue felt called to volunteer at various agencies. She is a believer in on-the-job learning and worked in a church office to learn how the business of a church operates. The administrative skills that she learned there have transferred into other work places.

In 2013, after working in Florida for three years, Sue decided to move back west where she felt more at home and begin a career in social services. The original plan was to return to school, get a new degree and work in the social services field. But the opportunity for on-the-job learning happened again. While researching the community’s social service agencies, Sue literally walked into Interfaith Community Shelter on a Resource Day and heard they needed a temporary office worker. Three years later, she is still here working in the office and receiving an incredible education – right here at the shelter! Getting to know the people who work, volunteer, and – most importantly – stay here, make ICS truly unique. She considers it a privilege to be a part of this special service to the people of this community.

In her spare time, Sue enjoys music, Netflix drama series, and exploring the wild places of New Mexico. She especially loves finding petroglyphs!

Aragon Smith
Case Manager

Aragon Smith was born in Illinois and grew up in New Mexico. He has several associate’s degrees from the Santa Fe Community College and a Bachelor’s Degree in social work from New Mexico Highlands University. He has traveled around a large part of the United States and Canada and loves exploring new places. He enjoys spending time with his family and dogs, motorcycles, being outdoors and reading history. Aragon has been a member and volunteer for a number of years for the Society of Creative Anachronism, an educational non-profit organization.

 

Board Members

The Reverend Betsy Bueschel      
United Church of Christ

Betsy Bueschel is a retired United Church of Christ minister. Her professional history includes serving as an Associate Pastor as well as leading or participating in many wider denominational leadership and staff positions. They included supervising the mentoring program for seminarians preparing for ordination and teaching a course at Chicago Theological Seminary.

Betsy has been involved as a director and officer on numerous non-profit organization boards with social justice, human services and higher education missions. Among them, she was Board President of the Community Renewal Society in Chicago, a trustee and board officer of Keuka College in New York and a board member and officer of the Institute of Women Today which operates Maria Shelter for women and children in Chicago. Currently, she is Council Moderator-Emerita of the United Church of Santa Fe.

Betsy holds a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Master of Divinity degree. She was born and raised in Upstate New York, lived in the Chicago area for many years and has resided with her spouse in Santa Fe since 2012. They have three daughters and four grandchildren.

Erika Campos        
CHRISTUS St. Vincent Regional Medical Center

Erika Campos is currently responsible for Strategic Planning at CHRISTUS St. Vincent where she has worked for over 10 years.  She has spent most of her career in healthcare here, in Albuquerque, and in other parts of the country.  Though she left New Mexico for school in Richmond, Virginia, and for her early career as a marketing communications professional, she is a native New Mexican. She loves our mountains and sunsets and does not plan to leave again.

Erika is married to Glenn and they have two kids, a son, age 11, who loves basketball, and 12-year old artist/daughter.  Erika feels that volunteerism, philanthropy and community service are an expression of faith and central to a health community.  Her father is a pastor at New Covenant Church in north Albuquerque, so she and her family split their Sundays between that church and Blaze Fellowship here in Santa Fe.

In addition to her work in health care, Erika also recently joined the Board of Homewise so participating in getting roofs over heads, whether for a night or for years, seems to be a new theme in her life.

Larry Haslam         
First Presbyterian Church

Larry has lived in the Santa Fe area for forty-three years. He was ordained a Southern Baptist minister and served on its national staff for thirty-two years including twenty-seven years as Executive Director of the Glorieta Conference Center. Larry has served several Baptist churches in the area as interim pastor, and since retiring he has assisted at some Presbyterian churches. Larry served on a not-for-profit foundation board for nine years, three years as its chair. He and his wife have sponsored a former prisoner and a family who were homeless. He has volunteered at the Interfaith Community Shelter since 2009.

Karen Heberling

Biographical information to be submitted later.

Richard Lindahl     
First Presbyterian Church

Richard Lindahl has worked most of his professional career for the State of New Mexico, in many capacities for the Children, Youth and Families Department, Corrections Department, Governor’s Office of Criminal Justice Planning, and the Legislature.

Richard currently works part-time during the Legislative Session as a Committee Analyst and Bill Analyst for the Senate. He has extensive experience as a part-time Hearing Officer for the State, and is a certified mediator. He has much grant-writing experience, and extensive management experience in state government. Following full-time employment with the state, he has been a management consultant helping agencies design and structure their organizational plan. He has also helped local governments and community organizations to work together collaboratively to improve justice operations.

Richard is very involved in juvenile justice reform efforts and serves on the City’s Juvenile Justice Board. He is a member of the Centro Rotary Club of Santa Fe and is a long-time member of First Presbyterian Church. Richard has volunteered at the Interfaith Community Shelter for years, beginning when it first opened on St. Michael’s Drive.

Pat Murray       
First National Santa Fe

Pat Murray is a lifelong resident of Santa Fe and believes that members of a community should “give back.” She believes in the mission of Interfaith Community Shelter and it is one of the reasons she serves on its board and is the Fundraising Chair. Pat began her banking career in 1965 and is currently Senior Vice-President at First National Santa Fe.

Some of the nonprofits and organizations that Pat has supported with her service include the Lensic Performing Arts Center and the Rotary Club of Santa Fe where she has served as past president and is currently the fundraising chair for the July 4th Pancakes on the Plaza. She has served on the Board of Trustees and Board of Advisors for the College of Santa Fe. Pat has been the past state president of the New Mexico Federation of Business & Professional Women and was named Santa Fe Business Woman of the Year in 1991. She was also appointed by Senators Pete Domenici and Jeff Bingaman to the task force to form New Mexico First and was a founding board member of that organization.

Monica Ontiveros               
Santa Maria de la Paz

Mónica Ontiveros is an attorney in Santa Fe who has primarily practiced in the areas of tax and administrative law. Monica received a B.A. from Whittier College, a J.D. from UNM School of Law and her LL.M. in taxation from Washington University. She currently serves as a Hearing Officer for a number of state boards and commissions.

Monica has been an active member of her community in Santa Fe for the past 26 years. She currently serves on the Southwestern College Board of Trustees, the Santa Maria de La Paz Finance Committee, the Santo Niño Finance Committee, and the Desert Academy Parent Association.

Her interests are varied and many. She is devoted to her family, friends, tennis, traveling and gardening in the harsh native soils.

Julie Murray

Before moving to Santa Fe with her family, Julie worked as a marketing manager at Procter & Gamble, launching the successful Swiffer brand in 1999. She settled here to raise three children, becoming immersed in community advocacy and volunteer work. In the past few years she has resumed her professional life by taking on project work in communications, marketing and event planning for, among others, the Santa Fe Community Foundation and Santa Fe Public Schools.

Her volunteer work in Santa Fe has included terms as treasurer of the Friends of the Santa Fe Public Library and as treasurer, then president, of the Carlos Gilbert Elementary Parent Teacher Kids Association. Her work in homeless services goes back to her undergraduate years at Harvard University, where she was co-director of the University Lutheran Emergency Winter Shelter, and later was an overnight supervisor at Our Lady of Good Counsel Women’s Shelter in Manhattan.

Linda Rundell
Santa Maria de la Paz

Upon graduation from New Mexico State University, Linda Rundell went to work for the Bureau of Land Management. Linda accepted assignments with the BLM in such diverse fields as range conservationist, wildlife biologist, program analyst and Associate State Director in Anchorage, AK. Before retiring she was in the Federal Senior Executive Service for eight and a half years as the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) State Director for the states of NM, TX, OK, and KS. She was a Congressional Fellow in the Washington office of Senator Pete V. Domenici where she learned to develop productive relationships with members on both sides of the political aisle. Linda was a member of the board of the BLM’s National Training Center and personally provided training and mentoring to thousands of participants.

Since her retirement, Linda had been engaged in various volunteer activities, including serving as a missionary in Honduras, and assisting at the ICS and St. Elizabeth’s Shelter on an as-needed basis. She has been a member of two choirs at Santa Maria de La Paz Catholic Community. She continues to take classes in Spanish to improve her communication skills with the underserved people in rural Honduras as well as non-English speakers our community.

Van Swift     
The Church of the Holy Faith

Evangeline W Swift is an attorney whose career was in Washington DC , in private practice and public service.  She served as the attorney for Headstart in its beginning and at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission as Chief of the Decisions Division, and Assistant General Counsel of Litigation. When the US Merit Systems Protection Board was established she served as General Counsel for 8 years, later serving as Executive Director.

Van is admitted to practice in Texas and Washington DC ; several Federal District Courts, all US Courts of Appeals, (primarily practicing before the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit) and the US Supreme Court.  Other highlights of her career were serving at the United Nations as the American representative on the Economic and Social Council in Geneva as well as working on 2 Presidential Transitions.

Since retiring in Santa Fe, she has served as President of the Desert Chorale and on the ACLU board. Also she is active at the Church of the Holy Faith, Episcopal, serving as an Acolyte and as a Lay Eucharistic Visitor.

Newton White
Businessman

Born and raised in southern New Mexico in a farm and ranch family, Newt had a successful 35 year career in the paper industry and later as Chief Operating Officer of a large appliance manufacturer. Many leadership roles and areas of geographical expertise came first: Vice President Asia Pacific, CEO of Canadian and Mexican businesses, Senior Executive VP and head of Worldwide Industrial division.

In the late 90s, with his wife of 35 years, Newt retired to a ranch in Southern Colorado to raise horses, a vocation and avocation of his for many years. He was on the non-profit boards of the Open Space Conservancy and the Animal Shelter and was active in programs to save wild burros.

Newt moved back to Santa Fe and became the full-time caregiver to his wife, Marcee, who had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. He has been very involved in the design and funding of various Alzheimer’s causes.

Currently, Newt is working with his national equine association to establish a new foundation to fund youth programs, he volunteers at the Shelter and with the Santa Fe Animal Shelter Offsite Adoption program. He believes in doing his part however small to help relieve some of the pain and suffering in this world.

Daniel Yohalem
Temple Beth Shalom

Daniel Yohalem has been engaged in the practice of public interest law for the past 43 years, first in Washington, D.C. and since 1987 in New Mexico. He is currently in private practice, representing plaintiffs in first amendment, civil rights, open government, employment discrimination, and class action law reform cases aimed at improving public education funding, the state medicaid and food stamps programs, police department practices and the state juvenile justice system. Mr. Yohalem, who received his B.A. from Yale (1970) and J.D. from Columbia University Law School (1973), has litigated and supervised complex cases at every level of the Federal and State court systems. Mr. Yohalem served as Chief Legal Counsel for the NM Taxation and Revenue Department, Chief of the Civil Division of the NM AG’s Office, member of the New Mexico Foundation for Open Government Board since 1998 (President from 2002-2003), member of the Board of New Mexico Ethics Watch, and co-founder and President of the Santa Fe Neighborhood Law Center Board of Directors.

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important facts

  • No deaths from exposure have occurred for the homeless since ICS began providing shelter during the winter months
  • Resource Days available for any person needing access to services necessary to stabilize his/her life.
  • ICS is the only “come as you are” or “minimal barrier” shelter in Northern New Mexico

ICS is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization