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Causes: Community Mental Health Centers, Human Service Organizations, Mental Health, Personal Social Services, Thrift Shops

Mission: Founded in 1947, Interfaith Social Services is dedicated to improving life for South Shore families and individuals in need. Our unique approach relies on a team of staff, volunteers, donors and community partners who deliver compassionate, client-centered programs focused on hunger, mental health and emergency assistance.

Target demographics: Individuals and families in need of food, mental health counselling and emergency assistance.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 330 children avoided homelessness thanks to the HomeSafe program, 4,739 households were served by the Pantry Shelf, 893 households served that had never been to a food pantry before, 2,340 counseling sessions with suffering local residents who had no place else to turn for help, 831 community members who volunteered serving their neighbors in need

Geographic areas served: Massachusetts' South Shore Region

Programs: A food pantry, community garden, mental health counseling center, budget counseling, emergency assistance, clothing for low income job seekers.

Community Stories

11 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Carly12

Client Served

Rating: 5

Nothing but great things to say about this place. My counselor is wonderful. I would recommend her to anyone.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

Where do I begin? I absolutely love being associated with ISS, and am astonished by all it does. It's a small building that explodes with services. Regarding the Pantry Shelf, many of the people who walk through the door do not want to be there, many are humiliated that they have reached that point. I've seen women and men cry while they apply for food, others have been so grateful that it almost brought me to tears. For the most part, they just want to survive with whatever dignity they can salvage from what brought them to our doors. They are people, and I just love doing whatever I can to help in my own little way. Rick Doane has said that one of the hardest things some of these clients will ever have to do, is walk through our doors, and he is so right! We all need to be conscious of that at all times.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful organization that helps many families in need. They are run by a wonderful staff and volunteers who spend many hours of their day providing this service. Some of my family members have received help from them and were able to stay afloat while the husband got a new job.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I had the chance to visit Interfaith Social Services in September and received a tour through the facilities from Rick Doane. I was impressed with all the good they do for people in all walks of life. Whether in need of food, clothing, training, or otherwise, they are their to help. It really made me wish I could be a part of the crew, unfortunately I live over 2,000 miles away. I'm grateful for people like Rick and the countless staff who volunteer their time and efforts to ease the burdens of others.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I had just gone through four terrible weeks wanting to kill myself. I had no medical insurance and couldn't afford to go to the hospital or get counseling. After being turned down by one local agency, I was contacted by Interfaith Social Services and seen almost immediately. They made my counseling affordable and it has been quality counseling. My counselor, Maureen Richardson, has been professionally competent, available and supportive from day one. Maureen also understood the importance of my faith. After six sessions I am on the road to recovery and better than that, I know why I was struggling to think positively and deal with the stress in my life. I have new tools to deal with life's stressors and have Maureen to thank for that.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am very grateful to have the interfaith social service agency available for my clients who need assistance. In my role as Health Director,Public Health Nurse, Housing Inspector, etc... I come across many clients who are one step away from homelessness.. THe ISS has been a great resource for our Community and residents in Hull> Joyce Sullivan, RN Hull Health Director

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

INTERFAITH CHARITIES HELPS MY CLIENTS FROM THE HULL BOARD OF HEALTH COMMUNITY OUTREACH PROGRAM WITH A MYRIAD OF ISSUES. THE CAREER CLOSET IS THE ONLY PLACE I KNOW TO HAVE CLOTHES FOR INTERVIEWS OR NEW JOBS. THE UTILITY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM HELPS MY CLIENTS AVOID SHUTOFFS. THE FOOD PANTRY HELPS EVERYBODY AND EVEN HAD FRESH FRUITS AND VEGETABLES. FOOD, JOBS AND CASH ASSISTANCE FOR UTILITIES. i DON'T KNOW WHAT I WOULD DO WITHOUT THEM.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Readers of the reviews posted here for this charity so far should be aware that two of them, "Sue Whitehead" and "cga" are both Board Members. Isn't that kind of like an employee of a retail company participating in a consumer focus group about store brand products? To my way of thinking and living, they are misrepresenting their stated points of view by identifying themselves as volunteers. Although this organization does help people, it is its tendency toward this type of "spin" that I would caution donors about.

Comments ( 1 )

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rdoane 10/07/2010

Both CGA and SUEWHITEHEAD are board members for Interfaith Social Services, but they are also volunteers who spend over 20 hours each week helping in our food pantry and thrift shop as well as manning our front desk. We sincerely appreciate all of our volunteers and volunteer board members. Likewise we appreciate all food donations from the community. We distribute food as fast as we receive it. Last year we assisted over 16,000 South Shore residents.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I feel privileged to have the opportunity to volunteer with ISS. It has opened up a whole new world for me and given me the chance to make an immediate difference in people's quality of life. I highly recommend this organization both for the work it is doing for disadvantaged individuals and families on the South Shore and for the quality of the volunteering experience.

Review from Guidestar

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered many places in my lifetime but the group of volunteers at Interfaith Social Services are the best. They care so deeply and work very well together in ISS's mission of helping our neighbors in need. It is a very busy place but the hearts of the volunteers and staff are so full of caring and compassion for their neighbors. It is an honor and privilege to be part of such a wonderful agency.