Serving homeless individuals with compassion and respect

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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. Forming the Interfaith Community Shelter was the community’s response to numerous deaths of individuals experiencing homelessness one brutally cold winter in Santa Fe. Learn more about ICS’s History.

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.

ORGANIZATION

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
Volunteer Coordinator

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!

Clinton Herring
Case Manager

Clinton was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona. Prior to moving to New Mexico, he also lived in South Texas (San Antonio, Corpus Christi, Kingsville), and Montana. Clinton received his Bachelor’s Degree in Education from the University of Texas at San Antonio. He has over 15 years’ experience doing case management for adults, adolescents and families. Clinton’s has also worked as a juvenile probation officer, a high school teacher and coach.

Clinton enjoys staying physically active, working out, and hiking/camping with his dogs. He also enjoys reading and listening to music while relaxing at home.

Aaron Perez
Evening Program Manager

Board Members

Julie Murray, Chair
Cristo Rey

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.

Len Rand, Vice-Chair
Retired CEO

Most recently Len was CEO of xF Technologies. Prior to that he was a General Partner at Granite Ventures in San Francisco, a General Manager at Intel Corporation responsible for Strategic Marketing and Global Alliances for ICG (Intel Communications Group), and the CEO and founder of NetBoost Corporation which developed network processors and supporting software (acquired by Intel). Len was founder and CEO of three other venture backed startups, Internet Middleware (proxy caching), sold to Network Appliances; The Whitewater Group (Object oriented development tools – CEO only), sold to Symantec; The Rand Group (FEA software), sold to Intergraph Corporation. In addition, Len was a corporate officer at Autodesk and Intergraph.

Len holds multiple degrees in engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and is active in the not-for-profit communities in Santa Fe.

Richard Lindahl, Treaurer
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. Richard has extensive grant-writing experience and 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.

Teresa Bruns Sosinski, Secretary
Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi

Teresa is a contract content editor for a small Midwestern publishing company, and her resume includes teacher, litigation paralegal, and volunteer coordinator for Catholic Charities of Kansas City-St. Joseph. She has wide variety of volunteer experience including serving on boards and fundraising committees for her children’s schools in Kansas City and on the board of directors for Villa Therese Catholic Clinic here in Santa Fe.  She and her husband Dave moved to Santa Fe in 2009.

Peter Bastone
President and CEO, Anchorum St. Vincent

Peter Bastone has a long legacy of healthcare administration and leadership.  Most recently, Peter has been providing healthcare consulting services over the past five years with his own firm, Ivy Healthcare Innovations & Analytics.  Prior to the establishment of his firm, Peter was the President and CEO of Chesapeake Regional Healthcare in Virginia, an independent system serving a community similar to the size of Santa Fe and with a very similar mission, vision and values to CHRISTUS St. Vincent.

Prior to his tenure in Virginia, Peter served as President and CEO of the Mission Hospital Regional Medical Center and Mission Hospital in Laguna Beach, CA for fifteen years.  He is a graduate of Princeton University with a BA in Psychology; he received his MS in public Health from the University of California-Berkeley HASS School of Business; and he has his MA in Healthcare Mission from Aquinas Institute of Theology.

Pam Jones
The Church of the Holy Faith

Pam Jones is a native of the Midwest but came south and west during the 80s to work at NASA.  Pam attended college in Iowa and graduate studies in Texas.  From an early age, she was always willing to lend a hand in whatever community endeavor was in need.

Beginning with youth work, Pam served as a hunger volunteer in Chicago, serving homeless youth as a tutor in the shelter and on the food line for hot meals.  While residing in Texas, Pam was elected Chairman of the Board of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and began a focus of assisting marginal family businesses succeed and grow.

A lifelong Episcopalian, Pam volunteered through her parish church in Austin, Texas to assist with Trinity Center, the homeless outreach facility located downtown Austin and serving the needs of the street people.  Pam worked to develop relationships between ministry groups in her church and the homeless community in Austin.

Pam’s volunteer work in Santa Fe has been first and foremost with the Interfaith Shelter.  She serves with Holy Faith Episcopal Church’s team when they prepare meals at the shelter; in addition, she volunteers to pack boxes for distribution through the Food Depot’s volunteer program.

Pam works full-time in the legal field with the State of New Mexico Environment Department. An avid outdoor enthusiast, Pam spends her downtime hiking, biking and enjoying the many historical places to explore in New Mexico.  When not outdoors, Pam can be found with a book in hand, always ready to read!

Emily Kahn-Freedman
Temple Beth Shalom

Emily was born and raised in Philadelphia, and she and her husband raised their children in a Philadelphia suburb. They joined Temple Sholom in Broomall, PA, where Emily started and organized monthly Shabbat potluck dinners and other activities. She became an organizer of the Mitzvah Meals program, where volunteers served meals at a nearby shelter – preparing about 200 meals one night every other month. Emily also served on the Temple Sholom’s Board for three years.

Emily and her husband moved to Santa Fe in 2016, and immediately joined Temple Beth Shalom. Because of her experience with organizing the shelter meals program near Philadelphia, she volunteered to organize the TBS volunteers for ICS. Her other volunteer commitments in Santa Fe have included the Envision program where she mentors a single mom, and the St. John’s Food Pantry. In 2018 Emily joined the TBS Board and is Vice President of Programs, which includes Social Justice, Membership, and other programs.

In the late 1990’s Emily became a Marriage and Family Therapist.  By 2001 her husband, who is a psychiatrist, and she opened a private practice.  Before leaving Pennsylvania, their group practice had 20 providers and 7 administrative staff. She was managing the practice and seeing clients.  Currently, Emily is happy to be semi-retired with a part-time, private practice currently via telehealth only.

Natasha Katko
CHRISTUS St. Vincent Regional Medical Center

Natasha Katko is a native New Mexican, who grew up in Villanueva, NM, and attended school in Santa Fe, NM. Natasha currently works at CHRISTUS St. Vincent Regional Medical Center as a Senior Analyst, and Physician Contract Manager. Natasha holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business, and a Master of Business Administration degree.

Natasha finds fulfillment in providing service to her community in various ways. Natasha believes that one small act can make all the difference. While she experienced adversity in her upbringing, she did not let that define her. Today, Natasha continues to use her experiences to connect with others, and to influence change by showing others that despite their circumstances, change is possible.

Jenny Lasley
Westminster Presbyterian Church

Jenny moved to Santa Fe with her husband in 2017 after a career with the federal government in the Washington, DC area.  Since then, she has been involved in Santa Fe community activities related to homelessness, hunger, and housing.  She currently is the Chair of Westminster Presbyterian’s mission committee, leading a partnership between the church and several non-profit organizations in Santa Fe to keep individuals and families in their homes during the COVID-19 pandemic by helping paying rent, utility, and other bills.

Jenny enjoys volunteering at venues providing meals for those experiencing homelessness and food insecurity, including at Pete’s Place, Casa Familia, St. Elizabeth’s men’s shelter, and Amigos del Parque.  She also enjoys helping those experiencing homelessness transition into new housing by finding furniture and other household needs.

Veronica Rigales
Santa Maria de la Paz Catholic Community

Since arriving in Santa Fe in 2003, Veronica has volunteered in a number of ways in the community including her children’s classrooms, and on the board for the parents’ organization and its fundraising committees at the school.  After realizing there was a need, she brought The Food Depot’s Food 4 Kids program to Amy Biehl Community School.  She has volunteered at Santa Maria de la Paz Catholic Community, The Food Depot, and the Shelter.

Veronica’s professional work is in Community Relations/Marketing and she has worked at the Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce, Berardinelli Family Funeral Service and the Santa Fe New Mexican.  Her passions include being a devoted mom to her four wonderful children, her faith, healthy living. and serving those who need it most.  She believes that we can build a stronger community one meal and a smile at a time.

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.

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 Get Help.

  • The Food Depot
  • Homeless Court, Municipal Court for the City of Santa Fe
  • Homeless Legal Clinic, State Bar of New Mexico
  • Healthcare for the Homeless, La Familia Medical Center
  • The Life Link
  • New Mexico Street Homeless Animal Project
  • Elizabeth’s Shelter and Supportive Housing Programs
  • Santa Fe Desert Chorale
  • Upaya Zen Center
  • Youth Shelters and Family Services

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

  • Christus St. Vincent HUGS Connection Assessment Center
  • City of Santa Fe
  • Esperanza Shelter for Battered Families Support Center
  • Feed the Hungry
  • Goodwill Industries of New Mexico, Veterans Services
  • Santa Fe Fire Department, Mobile Integrated Health Office (MIHO)
  • Santa Fe Police Department
  • Santa Fe Mobile Response Crisis Team and PMS Guidance Center

 

Host Teams For Winter Shelter Season

We are grateful to the generous faith and civic groups and also individuals 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.

  • Boys and Girls Club of Santa Fe
  • Brian & Randine Hughes and Friends
  • Buddhist Group
  • Capital High School Avid Program
  • Cathedral Basilica of Santa Fe
  • Christ Evangelical Lutheran, Santa Fe
  • Christus St. Vincent Medical Center
  • Church of the Holy Faith, Episcopal
  • Congregation Beit Tikva
  • Coro de Jesu Christo
  • Diana Nyasulu and Volunteers
  • El Dorado Community Church
  • First Baptist Church
  • First Presbyterian Church
  • Holy Trinity Orthodox
  • ICS Board of Directors
  • Immanuel Lutheran Church
  • Julie King Real Estate Office
  • Knights of Columbus
  • La Familia Medical Center
  • Notre Dame Club of Santa Fe
  • Our Lady of Guadalupe
  • Quaker Meeting
  • Rotary Club of Santa Fe
  • San Isidro Catholic Church
  • Santa Fe Community College Service Leadership
  • Santa Fe Atheists
  • Santa Fe Center for Spiritual Living
  • Santa Fe Civitan Club
  • Santa Fe Habitat for Humanity
  • Santa Fe High School National Honor Society
  • Santa Fe Tennis Group
  • Santa Fe Vineyard
  • Santa Maria de la Paz Catholic Church
  • Seventh Day Adventist Church
  • Sikhs
  • Anne’s Catholic Parish
  • Anne’s Knights of Columbus
  • Anthony’s Catholic Church, Pecos
  • Bede’s Episcopal Church
  • Bede’s Contemplative Prayer Group
  • John’s United Methodist Church
  • Michael’s High School Football Team
  • Temple Beth Shalom
  • Unitarian Universalist Church
  • United Church of Santa Fe
  • Upaya Zen Center
  • Westminster Presbyterian Church
  • Woodmen of the World
  • Zia United Methodist
  • Yoga Santa Fe

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important facts

  • The majority of ICS’s spending goes to the people we serve. Our administrative expenses were 8.9% of the expense budget in 2019-20.
  • 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