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BHT celebrates partnership with Kinderhaven

Staff Writer | September 27, 2023 1:00 AM

SANDPOINT — Bonner Homeless Transitions and the Kinderhaven Foundation are celebrating the fruits of their year-long successful partnership.

The partnership was formed after Kinderhaven was forced by federal legislation to stop operating its home for children, prompting the facility to transform into a foundation to continue helping youth in need. They now lease their home on Spruce Street to BHT, which utilizes it to house and support single moms and their children.

To mark this anniversary, BHT will be hosting an open house on Oct. 10. At this event staff and board members will be available to answer questions about the organization, and provide a tour of the home. Light refreshments will be served.

Since opening its first shelter in 1994, the organization has continuously offered transitional housing programs, helping hundreds of families. Annually, they provide approximately 10,000 bed nights, with 65% of these bed nights belonging to children. BHT said 85% of its residents successfully transition to permanent housing.

The Spruce Street home is one of two operated by BHT. These accommodations are fully furnished and are accompanied by comprehensive support services including case management, crisis intervention, and assistance with transportation.

“Residents have access to educational and supportive programs that help them learn essential life skills such as budgeting, parenting, and employment opportunities,” officials said. “The organization connects individuals and families in need with critical resources like food, clothing, and medical services, ensuring their well-being during their stay.”

The organization understands the importance of community partnerships and relies on tax-deductible donations, community collaborations, and grant funding to continue providing these critical services to children and families facing crisis situations, Rebekah Little, BHT executive director, said.

“The one-year anniversary of the partnership between Bonner Homeless Transitions and Kinderhaven is a testament to the impact that strategic collaborations can have in addressing homelessness and improving the lives of those affected,” Little said. “Through this partnership, both organizations have demonstrated their dedication to supporting the most vulnerable members of the community.”

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