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Shelter-to-Work Crew Pipeline


A partnership between the City of Boise and Interfaith Sanctuary is helping homeless people meet professional goals

Kneeling down behind a bush in Platt Gardens—a cluster of flowers, foliage and water features sandwiched between the Boise Depot and a grassy vista overlooking Capitol Boulevard—Scott Austin was busy pulling weeds. Between the rustling sound of the shrubs as he pulled and the hum of a nearby riding lawnmower, Austin’s voice was barely audible as he told the story of how, before joining a Boise Parks and Recreation work crew at the beginning of May, he hadn’t seen a paycheck in almost a year.…

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