24-Hour Domestic Abuse Hotline: 208.343.7025


24-Hour Sexual Assault Hotline: 208.345.7273 (RAPE)

Summer Resources for Families

24-Hour Domestic Violence Hotline: 208.343.7025 24-hour Rape Crisis Hotline: 208.345.7273 (RAPE)

child with motherSummer is a time for fun and play, it can also be a stressful time for some families. Parents that have demanding work schedules might have trouble finding affordable child care options in the summer or have to stretch that grocery budget for their growing kiddos. We also know that housing options in Boise are a concern for many families.

We’ve put together a list of local resources for families in the Boise area. This list in in no way exhaustive. Call 211 to get connected to over 11,000 resources near you or visit the website to learn more.

Picnic in the Park
Lunch is served Monday – Friday at various times depending on the park location from June 3 through August 9. Children 0-18 can receive a free lunch. Adults can purchase a meal for a small price. See what park is closest to you!

Boise School District
Boise School District offers free meals through summer to students June 4 through July 26.

NAMI Treasure Valley
The National Alliance on Mental Illness offers free classes and support groups for families that have a parent or child with mental illness. These support groups meet at various locations.

Idaho Department of Welfare
The Idaho Department of Welfare offers a variety of programs for families. Some of these resources include:
Child Care Assistance, Children’s Special Health Program, WIC, and the Infant Toddler Program.

Food Pantries
Boise is fortunate to have many different food banks all over the city. Check out this list to see what one is closest to you! Be sure to call ahead to verify hours.

Housing Help
Jesse Tree
Jesse Tree of Idaho provides rental assistance to families that might otherwise face eviction. Housing is hard to find in Boise and this organization makes it easier for families to stay in their homes.
CATCH ‘s Our Path Home serves as a triage for families experiencing homelessness. By empowering families and connecting them to local resources they guide clients through the process and support them in finding stable housing options.

If these options don’t apply to you, or you didn’t find something on this list, call 211 to find out more about services the state of Idaho has for its communities!

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Aug 25


WCA Mission Tour

Join us for a 35 minute virtual tour to learn about our mission of safety, healing and freedom through the stories of clients and the impact of our services. The WCA Mission Tour aims to inspire and educate about the complexities and realities of domestic abuse and sexual assault, both here in the Treasure Valley […]

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Oct 02


SueB 5k 10k 2022

On October 2, 2022, we celebrate the 13th annual SueB 5k 10k at noon After two years of racing virtually, we invite you to join us IN PERSON to raise awareness about domestic abuse, while memorializing the life of an individual who has brought so many people together. The SueB 5k 10k provides a space […]

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Oct 12


Witches Night Out at the Village

Mark your calendars for Witches Night Out on October 12, 2022 from 5 – 9 p.m. Wednesday, October 12 we will be celebrating Witches Night Out at The Village at Meridian, hosted by Meridian’s Centercal Properties and its marvelous merchants. Several sponsors help make the evening a resounding success, raising funds for the WCA’ clients’ […]

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Oct 28


Healing Begins with Hope

WCA Healing Begins with Hope Virtual Outreach and Fundraising Event When: October 28, 2022 As the WCA celebrates 112 years of changing lives, we would like to invite our community to mark their calendars and save the date! The event will be an opportunity to learn more about the WCA’s mission of safety, healing and […]

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