We are so excited for the chance to give Welcome Housing roots in a great location on the Bench! LEAP is under contract to purchase 5 condos located near Curtis and Cassia. These are on two bus lines and within 5 miles of all services and amenities needed when refugees first arrive to Boise (resettlement agencies, grocery stores, medical clinics and hospital, parks, banks, English Language Center, and schools). This little complex is full of big trees and grassy common areas with a playground and gated pool.
Since opening two Welcome Houses 8 months ago, LEAP has hosted 63 people from 7 different countries and saved these guests an estimated $16,135! These five condos would serve an estimated 240 people per year and save them $60,500. This service is not only designed to provide financial relief, but also emotional restoration through hospitality and community building. Resettlement is not just about providing newcomers with resources, but making new relationships. At least 45 community members have made Welcome Housing possible and give this service the heartbeat of hospitality. Welcome Housing is based on the Biblical concept of hospitality, which means "welcoming the stranger".
Our first phase of fundraising is for the down payment of $96,000 due by September 15th, then we will continue fundraising to pay down the principle in order to generate enough cash flow to support operations of Welcome Housing. We are off to a great start with $25,000 raised! Jump on in a help us expand and preserve Welcome Housing in Boise!
Thanks so much for your interest and support--Boise is such a wonderful and welcoming community for refugee resettlement.
Feel free to view this a more detailed proposal at the following link http://www.leapcharities.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/OverviewWelcomeHousingProposalJuly2017clean-1.pdf.