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1st Annual Interfaith Sanctuary Tree Lighting, Local Choirs Under Direction of Author Liza Long

Notable Boiseans and author Liza Long (I am Adam Lanza's Mother blog post) join the first ever Interfaith Sanctuary homeless shelter choir to usher in the holiday season on December 8th.

Boise, ID, November 19, 2016 --( 1st Annual Interfaith Sanctuary Tree Lighting and Interfaith Sanctuary Choir debut

On Thursday, December 8, 2016 at 7 PM, the first Interfaith Sanctuary Tree Lighting will be held at Interfaith Sanctuary Homeless Shelter at 1620 W. River Street in Boise, Idaho.

The event will be held in the backyard of Interfaith Sanctuary shelter.

All denominations and members of the faith community are invited and are asked to bring an ornament for the Interfaith Tree that reflects their individual faith traditions.

The end result will be something to behold! All faiths will be working toward one common goal. Serving hand-in-hand and side-by-side for those most in need.

Interfaith Sanctuary's newly formed choir will kick this special evening off with some heartfelt interfaith singing. This choir brings Boise's homeless together with community members to sing songs that celebrate our common humanity and goodwill.

On Wednesday, November 16th, Interfaith Sanctuary’s first choir practice inspired a local Boise small business owner Jodeen Revere to write a Facebook post after her experience with this program.

She wrote, "So last night I went to the Interfaith Sanctuary and sang in their first ever choir practice. We gathered in a small concrete block room, with a window that looked into the main gathering area and with the door wide open. (Jodi Peterson is a Wonder Woman super Ninja of epic proportions of generosity and "let's get stuff done." Hats off to her and the staff at Interfaith Sanctuary). There was a woman who played key board, who is our choir director, a guy on guitar and a band of 14 singers made up of 8 residents and 6 people from the community. People kept filling the door way, smiling, listening and singing along with us…During one of the songs a couple of the guys were dancing around the circle, shaking everyone's hands, smiling and giving knuckle bumps. When we finished and we all applauded, one man (who I did not meet in all of the hubbub, so I don't know his name) was smiling and laughing and said, ‘Oh, man, now I have a heart again!’”

Jodi Peterson said: "The power of music, of song, of gathering, of looking people in the eye, of seeing their humanity, opens everyone's hearts. No act of kindness is too small, but go big. Go high and go big."

Among notable local Boiseans who have responded to Jodi Peterson's invitation to celebrate the tree lighting is Liza Long who will serve as Interfaith Sanctuary's volunteer choir director. Also performing are beloved local musician Belinda Bowler's with the Anser Charter School 2nd and 3rd grade choir and local noted musicians Chad and Vashti Summervill and their youth choir.

The event is free of charge. Please bring an ornament to help make their tree memorable and full of love.

For interview requests with either Development Director Jodi Peterson or Shelter Director Dan Ault, co-directors of Interfaith Sanctuary, call or email April Neale, - grant writer and publicist for Interfaith Sanctuary.

About Interfaith Sanctuary
Interfaith Sanctuary provides a safe overnight emergency shelter for up to 164 men, women and families with children. Our Supportive Services Team help every guest willing and able to identify and set goals that will lead to a successful transition out of homelessness. For more information please visit our website at or email us at
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Interfaith Sanctuary
April Neale
office 208-343-2630

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