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Case Management Is A Safety Net for Housing the Formerly Homeless

Case Management Is A Safety Net for Housing the Formerly Homeless

Some people who find themselves homeless already have the life skills to live independently. But there will always be others who will need ongoing support to remain successfully housed. That is where the watchful eye of consistent and ongoing case management is so important: To thwart the...

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“Let’s Call It a Disgrace”: California Gov. on Homelessness

“Let’s Call It a Disgrace”: California Gov. on Homelessness

Last Wednesday, Gov. Gavin Newsom of California used his State of the State address to highlight the homelessness crisis. "Let’s call it what it is: a disgrace, that the richest state in the richest nation — succeeding across so many sectors — is failing to properly house, heal and humanely treat...

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There Are Systemic Obstacles to Getting Permanently Housed

There Are Systemic Obstacles to Getting Permanently Housed

Once a person becomes homeless, climbing out can be a monumental chore. All the stars need to align: the appropriate counseling or treatment; the availability of affordable housing; a case manager or agency to offer support; and the person’s willingness and ability to take on the heavy lifting to...

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Be First in Employing Our Former Guests

Be First in Employing Our Former Guests

At ICS, we are committed not only to serving our guests, but also to employing them. I am a firm believer that if we are going to encourage other employers to hire our guests, the shelter should be the number one employer on the list. Currently, we have seven former guests employed with us. They...

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Runaway and Homeless Youth — The Third Root Cause

Runaway and Homeless Youth — The Third Root Cause

Runaway and homeless youth make up the third leg of the three-legged stool I've been describing. In the late 1960s and early ‘70s, young people  who were part of the hippie generation started crisscrossing the country -- often in protest of their parents’ lifestyle, which they saw as staid and...

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Root Causes of Homeless Crisis–Veterans and Trauma

Root Causes of Homeless Crisis–Veterans and Trauma

This is the first of a series of blog posts I am writing as the Executive Director of Interfaith Community Shelter. My hope is these posts will be beneficial if you’re concerned about homelessness in our country and our community. We all need better understanding of what brought us to where we...

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Vulnerable Adults Part 1: A Documentary Series on Homelessness in Santa Fe

by KSFR Audio Series – Ellen Berkovich | Homelessness in Santa Fe

Vulnerable Adults Part 2: Housing Santa Fe's Homeless

by KSFR Audio Series – Ellen Berkovich | Homelessness in Santa Fe

Vulnerable Adults Part 3: Traditional Healing for Veterans

by KSFR Audio Series – Ellen Berkovich | Homelessness in Santa Fe

Vulnerable Adults Part 4: Alice's Story

by KSFR Audio Series – Ellen Berkovich | Homelessness in Santa Fe

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important facts

  • 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

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