INTERFAITH CARING MINISTRIES INC

Rating: 4.83 stars   6 reviews

Issues: Human Services

Location: 151 Park Avenue League City TX 77573 USA

Mission: The mission of Interfaith Caring Ministries is to serve our community by providing assistance leading to a path of self-sufficiency.
Target demographics: The target demographic of ICM is low-income and extremely low-income children, adults and elders.
Geographic areas served: ICM serves all of the Clear Creek Independent School district which includes both, southern Harris County, northern Galveston County with new expansion to Friendswood ISD. **During times of regional emergencies, Interfaith Caring Ministries will provide services to other areas.
Programs: Emergency Rent and Utility Assistance Program provides critical financial assistance with a client's rent and/or utility bill. Food Pantry Services Program provides enough groceries, toiletries, cleaning supplies and diapers/formula to feed a family for a minimum of two weeks. The amount of food provided is based on family size and need. Clients may visit the food pantry up to five times per year. Mental Health Services provides access to mental health counseling, in conjunction with the Houston Galveston Institute, for no fee. Clients are seen by appointment. Senior Outreach Program provides financial assistance with rent, utilities and/or prescriptions; home repairs; monthly grocery delivery to low-income/homebound individuals; monthly outreach phone calls; and home visits for birthdays. Childcare Assistance Program provides financial assistance to single parents returning to school with the cost of childcare. The Webster Lab is an after-school computer lab which assists youth attending McWhirter Elementary to learn computer skills, receive help with homework and school projects and connect with a positive role model. School Supplies Distribution provides grade specific school supplies to clients in need attending school in CCISD or FISD. Workforce Development provides assistance with the cost of uniforms, professional licensing, transportation vouchers and gasoline vouchers to attend interviews. The Christmas Store provides clients the opportunity to shop for Christmas gifts for their family as if they were in a department store, free of charge.

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I have volunteered for Interfaith Caring Ministries for four years. I have seen many people come and go. Each client with a unique problem and situation. I have witnessed the kindness, honesty, and compassion given to each of these clients. They came in with such lost and hopeless looks upon their faces. As they leave they stood taller and were able to laugh, knowing that help had been provided. I can safely say that in each situation the dignity the individuals needed had been restored. The employees and volunteers do all they can to make sure the enviornment stays safe and confidential.

I am proud to be a volunteer for ICM. Each of the employees give their all for the opportunity to help. We strive to reach out to each family or individual to give back to them what they have lost...hope. We want the clients to know they are not a number, nor a file. But a person who matters as much as anyone else. Someone that just needs a helping hand to have the chance to keep the roof over their heads or food on their tables.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

...helping those that need finacial aid and food. I have seen the hoplessness they came in with. Once the clients went through the interview process and received the help they needed I saw an immediate transformation. Laughing, smiling, knowing that hope is out there for anyone. The Christmas Store and School Supplies are two of the most moving events one could be apart of. Children are given a chance at happiness and tools for success needed for school.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Honestly, I can't think of any changes needed. I wish I could help raise more money for the employees to have access to so they can offer more to more clients.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

Not one thing. The group is an incredible mix of personalities. From the dinamic to the subtle. I am proud to be a part of ICM.

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

I have been volunteering as long as I can remember. From working and helping where I can at church, to offering my time at the hopitals. However, not one place have I felt so part of something great, a place that makes a difference in every life we touch.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

ICM is a second home. I am comfortable to say anything on my mind, offer any suggestion or criticism. I pray that ICM conitues in the path it has for the decades it has been around. May the spirit of that closet it started out as continue to grow into a beautiful system of help, hope, and dignity for anyone that needs help of any kind.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 4 stars  

Interfaith Caring Ministries provides assistance to those in need in its community. Even more so, though, the compassionate staff provides genuine concern and care for those they serve. ICM is about more than providing assistance, it is about caring for and loving the whole person.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have seen lives changed and dreams fulfilled through the assistance provided by ICM.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would add a social worker to the staff and seek funds to address the primary causes of homelessness.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am thrilled to be a part of such a wonderful ministry in, and to our community. Interfaith ministry is a beacon of hope, healing and resource to many and they do an amazing job of bringing our community together. The Director and her staff not only possess a warmth and compassion to those in need, but they carry out their mission with a great commitment to character and excellence. We are proud to partner in ministry with Interfaith and many in our congregation can attest to being helped toward self-sufficiency!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

that a number of our families have benefited by the services they offer.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

make it more visible to our whole community!

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Rating: 5 stars  

Interfaith Caring Ministries is an organization that I find to be worth donating a large part of my life to. That is a huge statement...life is precious and for me to be willing to use hours of my life every week to help them in their cause means they are really doing something worthwhile. I have seen the faces of people who receive food, money, gas cards, school supplies, clothes and Christmas toys for their children. The look on their faces shows what a difference ICM has made in their lives. I believe God works through the staff and volunteers and He is smiling at the good work they do!!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Working at ICM at the front desk I have had many opportunities to see the relief as they exit the interview process knowing that as they leave with a second chance of making it on their own.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Make it more visible to the community!

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

This agency helps change the lives of "friends" in our community. The community and volunteers have supported the agency for nearly 26 years. The BEST experience I ever had, was the EXCITEMENT and the look on a 4 year old boy's face, when he recieved a new pair of Batman
PJ's. Sometimes its the little things.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Knowing your helping people stay in their homes, and not going to bed hungry is a great feeling. Or people personally telling you how their lives have been changed.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would wish to win the lottery and share to help fund them.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I started out as a volunteer at ICM in 1988 in the food pantry and later moved to interviewing clients. ICM serves a need that is met nowhere else in our community. The food assistance is the least of what ICM does and yet it makes a major difference in the lives of clients. The Christmas store, medication assistance and more make the lives of the working poor in our area better.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing a client I had interviewed learn enough English to become a waitress at a local restaurant and today she manages a shift at that restaurant. Her children have attended the local community college and are now productive members of society.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

get it more publicity about the good things it does in the community.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

Gave me a way to meet people in the community who are still friends

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

I got much more personal satisfaction out of this volunteer job than any other I have done and I have done lots. I saw the difference that a bag of groceries made in a life.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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