The team at Kaleidoscope Community Services desires to be a catalyst for the betterment of the local community by connecting community needs with community resources, and by providing opportunities for relational connections that bring life to both the servant and those needing to be served.
Kaleidoscope Community Services fulfills its ‘ Local Outreach’ mission through our community resource venue, the ‘2nd Street Commons’, our ‘Friends Helping Friends’ life empowerment program, the ‘Pathfinder Tiny House Village Initiative’, and through our ‘Community Partner’ collaboration efforts.
Opened as a ministry of Kaleidoscope Community Services (KCS) in January of 2014, to serve as collaboratively operated 'downtown living room' for the Church in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. 2SC is modeled after various community spaces around the Northwest such as the Aurora Commons, Mosaic Community Coffee House, and the Hillman City Collaboratory in Seattle Washington (as well as a handful of others).
Currently the 2nd Street Commons is being utilized in a variety of ways every day of the week, including as a day center where people of all types meet to build relationships, get a free cup of coffee and a snack, and share information on resources available in our community. 2SC venue is also available to a variety of other groups who serve those in need, including church ministry groups, social service agencies and civic groups. Because of its unique mission and venue charm, the 2nd Street Commons has become known as a comfortable and safe community hub for information, resources, collaborative initiatives, and building relationships.
Friends Helping Friends is a ‘Life Empowerment’ program designed for any person who would be helped by being part of a community of persons pursuing physical, spiritual, and emotional health. The Friends Helping Friends program consists of accountability partnerships, life-skill workshops, networking and resourcing, talking circles, life planning and goal setting, service to others, and spiritual discipleship. Friends Helping Friends is for anyone who is desiring spiritual and/or physical healing, encouragement, close friendships, living in community with others, a place to serve and help others, assistance in moving forward in life in a positive direction, a deeper relationship with God, freedom from mistakes from the past, and a wraparound team of loving persons to cheer them on.
The Pathfinder Tiny House Village is for people who are desiring to emerge from their current state of homelessness. The Pathfinder will combine safe, stable, and sanitary living conditions with onsite professional and faith-based resources to help people help themselves out of homelessness. The Pathfinder will serve as a temporary crisis housing option for single moms and their children, seniors, veterans, and individuals who simply cannot find supportive housing options.
The Pathfinder will be a supervised tiny house village with a capacity of 50 persons. Residents will live in 8’x12’ cabins (built on skids) and will share a communal kitchen tent and a bathhouse/shower trailer. A security cabin and medical/ counseling cabin will also be placed on site. Residents will fill out an intake packet and will agree to abide by village guidelines. Each resident will play a role in maintaining the village, and each will be responsible to take shifts in the security cabin, and perform a certain amount of neighborhood and community service. As part of the program each resident will agree to be engaged in case management and life skill development. The ‘Pathfinder’ will be a supportive, temporary, safe and a sober village for people who need and want the help. (CONTINUED)
The goal will be to stabilize people in their crisis, and then to prepare them for placement in to permanent housing. The Pathfinder will be run by collaborative partners will include persons from local social service agencies, non-profits, and the faith community. Professional providers and volunteers will come to the Pathfinder to offer case-management, peer support, counseling, life coaching, and support. In the Seattle model, the social service professionals provide much needed services on site while the faith community provides food, supplies, volunteer labor, and ‘soul care’. As previously mentioned, this particular model is getting great results. (CONTINUED)
With the help of the North Idaho College Carpentry Program, the North Idaho Day of Hope, Bob Mathers Construction, The Paint Guys, Posey Drywall, Candlelight Christian Fellowship, Lake City Church, some of our homeless community members, and Kaleidoscope Community Services, the Task Force on Homeless Solutions has constructed a model unit cabin in the parking lot of Candlelight Christian Fellowship on the corner of Highway 95 and Dalton Ave. in CDA.
Please give me a call if you are interested in learning more about how you or your group can help move this initiative forward. (208.699.2250)