AARP Idaho Donates $10,000 to Help Those in Need

Posted on 11/23/20

Boise Rescue Mission and Hispanic Cultural Center of Idaho each receive $5,000

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Even during the best of times, local organizations with a mission of addressing social isolation, homelessness and food insecurity need community assistance. Unfortunately, the current pandemic has stressed their resources while elevating the importance they play in the lives of Idahoans. Two such organizations, Boise Rescue Mission Ministries and the Hispanic Cultural Center of Idaho, will receive $5,000 each from the Idaho office of AARP to help continue their valuable work in the Treasure Valley.

“Idahoans are immensely proud of their state and take care of one another during times of need,” said Lupe Wissel, AARP Idaho state director. “This is a great example of that approach and as an association we are privileged to play a small role in helping these organizations get through a difficult time.”

Boise Rescue Mission Ministries provides food, shelter, clothing and opportunities to recover from homelessness for men, women and children in need while restoring the lives of dozens of chronically homeless veterans across Ada and Canyon Counties.

The Hispanic Cultural Center of Idaho brings people together by providing educational programs, business training and support while celebrating Hispanic/Latino cultural values and traditions.

“All of us at Boise Rescue Mission Ministries are extremely grateful for this generous gift from AARP Idaho in support of our Veterans Ministry Program,” says Rev. Bill Roscoe, BRMM President and CEO. “We are so proud of our partnership with AARP Idaho to meet the needs of chronically homeless veterans in the Treasure Valley. This donation will make a great difference in the lives of men and women in our community, providing them with food, safe shelter, counseling, and support, while helping them transition from homelessness to independence.”

“A contribution like this serves as a fitting tribute to our founder and the legacy of Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus’ motto, ‘to serve and not to be served’, said Wissel.”

As the pandemic continues to escalate and winter months approach, area needs are greater and donations are appreciated more than ever. To designate donations for area Veterans visit and for more information regarding the Hispanic Cultural Center of Idaho email Humberto Fuentes at

This story is provided by AARP Idaho. Visit the AARP Idaho page for more news, events, and programs affecting retirement, health care, and more.

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