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 nearly 2,000 active volunteers from 40+ community 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.
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.
- The Food Depot
- Homeless Court, Municipal Court for the City of Santa Fe
- Homeless Legal Clinic, State Bar of New Mexico
- La Familia Medical Center
- Life Link
- New Mexico Street Homeless Animal Project
- St. Elizabeth’s Shelter and Supportive Housing Programs
- Santa Fe Community Services
- Santa Fe Desert Chorale
- Upaya Zen Center
- 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 HUGS 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 2018 – 2019
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.
- Airport Rd. 7th Day Adventists
- Atheist Club of SF
- Book Club (Beverly Kellam)
- Boys and Girls Club of SF
- Brian & Randine Hughes and Friends
- Capital HS National Honor Society
- Capital HS Seniors
- Cathedral Basilica of Santa Fe
- Chic Fil-A
- Christus St. Vincent Hospital
- Church of the Holy Faith Episcopal
- Civitan Club
- Congregation Biet Tikva
- Coro de Jesu Christo
- Diana Nyasulu and ICS Volunteers
- Everyday Center for Spiritual Living
- First Baptist Church
- First Presbyterian
- Glorieta Camp
- Holy Trinity Orthodox
- ICS Board of Directors
- Immanuel Lutheran Church
- La Familia Medical Center
- Local Book Club (Annie Laurie Coogan)
- Local Tennis Club (Julie Murray)
- Marcy Park 7th Day Adventists
- Mission Viejo 7th Day Adventists
- Our Lady of Guadalupe Church
- Rancho Viejo Ladies Group
- San Isidro Catholic Church
- San Isidro Confirmation Class
- Santa Fe Friends
- Santa Fe Habitat for Humanity Americorps Group
- Santa Fe HS National Honor Society
- Santa Fe Mommy Meet-up
- Santa Fe Notre Dame Club
- Santa Maria de la Paz Knights of Columbus
- Santa Maria de la Paz Catholic Church
- Santa Fe Community College Service Leadership
- SF Quaker Meeting
- SF Rotary Club
- Sikh Community
- St. Anne’s Parish
- St. Bede’s Episcopal Church
- St. Bede’s Episcopal Contemplative Prayer Group
- St. Michael’s HS
- Temple Beth Shalom
- Unitarian Universalist Church of SF
- United Church of Santa Fe
- Upaya Zen Center
- Westminster Presbyterian
- Zia United Methodist Church
Staff for Interfaith Community Shelter
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 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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Biographical information to be submitted later.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Teresa Bruns Sosinski
Teresa is a contract content editor for a small Midwestern publishing company, and her resume includes teacher, paralegal and volunteer coordinator for Catholic Charities of Kansas City-St. Joseph. She has wide variety of volunteer experience including serving on fundraising committees and boards 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.
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.
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.
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.
- Only one death from exposure has 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