Interfaith Works, Inc.
Rating: 5 stars 1 1 review 321
Issues: Civil Rights, Homeless & Housing, Human Services, International
Location: 114 W Montgomery Ave Rockville MD 20850 USA
Results: With the help of 7,000 volunteers, Interfaith Works programs provide direct social services to nearly 35,000 neighbors in need annually.
Direct beneficiaries per year: Interfaith Works' programs serve nearly 35,000 individuals every year.
Geographic areas served: Montgomery County, MD
Programs: Community Vision provides therapeutic Day services for chronic homeless adults in downtown Silver Spring and emergency seasonal shelter. Services include: Job training and a supported employment program, art therapy, substance abuse counseling, GED and training workshops and intensive case managment. Wilkins Avenue Women's Assessment Center and Shelter works with 300 homeless women who are committed to addressing the issues causing their homelessness; access to mental health treatment, addictions counseling and job skills training. Horizons House, Welcome Homes and Watkins Mill provide permanent supportive housing in groups homes to formerly homeless disabled women and men, who, with the support of a caseworker while they work toward independence and self-sufficiency. Interfaith Housing Coalition provides affordable housing, intensive case management and mentoring teams for 20 homeless families, developing life skills for self-sufficiency. The Congregation & Community Emergency Support (CCES) program provides resources and technical assistance to CMMC congregations and nonprofit agencies; administers grants to prevent evictions & foreclosures, utility cut-offs, buy medicine, and food ; leverages funds to address unmet needs, ensures access to emergency services. Our Hand to Hand Eviction Prevention Program is our effort to prevent homelessness by providing loans to low-income working families and individuals in imminent danger of being evicted. Friends In Action (FIA) links low-income families and Independent Living foster youth with volunteer mentoring teams; more than 300 trained mentors provide supportive services such as tutoring, job coaching, parenting skills training, and legal advice. The Interfaith Clothing Center (ICC) and Hans Rosenfeld Upcounty Clothing Center gives away over $4 million worth of clothing and household goods; provides new infant supplies to expectant parents; books to children and distributes school supplies for low-income families. The Education & Advocacy Program (E&A) helps communities work together toward a common vision of social justice by educating and developing congregation and stakeholder participation in the policy making process.
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I first found out about Interfaith Works from a family member back in summer 2011. They told me that it was a place to help low in come family's with clothes, house hold stuff. So I took a chance and went. At first I only used the clothing center, but mid fall 2011, I went in to "shop" and my husband got to talking to a employee, Debbie, and after I was done, I met with Debbie. During this time we were down on our luck, and didn't know were to go. So My husband and I talked with Debbie for about a hour. We talked about everything, from family, money, kids, jobs, and even life it's self. We were able to get some help with some of the financial problems we were having. We didn't just get the help, we also made a great friend too. Over the past 6 months we have been able to return the favor of making donations back to the interfaith works clothing center as well as being able to know that WE are not alone in this. WE DIDN'T WANT A HAND OUT, WE WANTED A HAND UP! That is what we found.
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
at the clothing center, I would let the "shopper" volunteer as well. I now for my self, it would make me feel better about being a client.
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How did you find this group?
through a family member. ( word of mouth)
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I know that there is a light at the end of the tunnel, I need to be my own voice, no matter how many times you hear the word no, there is a a Yes somewhere out there.