God has been doing incredible things through Kaleidoscope Community Services! God has been changing lives through the relational involvement of over 300 different volunteers from over 30 different local churches, as well as through the generous support of dozens of individual and business donors. It is with all humility and thanksgiving that we can say that literally thousands of lives have been touched by the Lord through the ministry of Kaleidoscope Community Services since its humble beginnings in 2013.
INSPIRE stories are meant to pass along just a taste of the fruit of what God has been doing in our midst. Please enjoy and celebrate these stories with us- All Glory to God!
What does it mean to serve others; I mean really serve others? The dictionary says that the word serve means to perform duties or services..READ STORY
Stephan and Sarah grew up with vastly different experiences. Stephan was raised in a privileged world with Christian parents. Sarah was...READ STORY
Ryan and Lacey first came by the 2nd Street Commons the day after a burst pipe left 3” of water all over our floor, in early December...READ STORY
Tom and Lauren came to Coeur d’Alene (CDA), Idaho with all their belongings stuffed in a U-Haul truck. They left Western Washington to...READ STORY
36 degrees. Raining. Wind howling. Blackness of a winter night. My daughter and I are freezing. Nowhere to go. Nothing is open tonight.READ STORY
Lance has pancreatic cancer and is not expected to live much longer. Lance is homeless. Lance use to have everything you and I have- healthyREAD STORY
Spencer moved up to Coeur d’Alene from Oregon with a trio of friends in the spring of 2014. When their group showed up at the 2nd Street...READ STORY
Fred is an African American man in his 70’s. Fred is a very colorful, salty, and well liked character. Fred makes everyone laugh.READ STORY
People matter; this is a moral, social justice issue. We have community members who want and need help who are trying to survive outside.
Current strategies for addressing our local homelessness issues are not solving the issue of homelessness.
Left to themselves, the local homeless population will continue to be problematic. This population needs more help and guidance to emerge from their state of homelessness.
Current strategies for dealing with our homeless communities are costing our county millions of dollars annually.
406 students in school district 271 are listed as ‘homeless’. Over half of these students are Kindergarten - 5th grade.
According to the office 2016 Point in Time count, there were 450 homeless persons in our region, with 57% listed as ‘unsheltered homeless’ (as opposed to 14% in the Boise area).
Homelessness is on the rise across America, in spite of the national ’10 Year Plan’ to end homelessness initiated in 2005.
While very helpful, temperature based shelter and warming center models do not ‘stabilize’ people.