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Inter-Faith Council for Social Service

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Causes: Emergency Assistance, Food, Food Banks & Pantries, Homeless & Housing, Homeless Shelters, Human Services, Religion, Religion-Related

Mission: The Inter-Faith Council for Social Service meets basic needs and helps individuals and families achieve their goals. We provide shelter, food, direct services, advocacy and information to people in need. We accomplish this through strong partnerships with volunteers, staff and those we serve. We rely on the active involvement of caring individuals, congregations and other community organizations.

Target demographics: those in need

Geographic areas served: Orange County, NC

Programs: HomeStart provides emergency and longer-term housing and services to homeless women and children, on a site provided by Orange County. Supportive services are provided in order to aid families in their goal of attaining their own income, childcare and affordable housing. IFC @ SECU Community House offers residents safe living accommodations, meals, showers and laundry facilities; medical and mental health treatment; social workers, job coaching; and referrals to community agencies. Piedmont Health Services works in collaboration with IFC to provide clinical services at the Robert Nixon Clinic for our homeless residents. The Crisis Intervention program serves those in need by providing food, clothing, rent and utility assistance, transportation, information and referrals. Anyone who either lives or works in Chapel Hill and Carrboro may come to IFC when they are faced with economic uncertainty, an illness, or hardship that could lead to homelessness. Support Circles are small groups of volunteers who partner with formerly homeless individuals and families who are transitioning into permanent housing. Teams provide partners assistance for at least 12 months. Team members meet regularly with their Partner to share information, build relationships and function as a support system. Household members of the Food Pantry can come as often as once a month for groceries. Quantities received are based on the number of people in the household. Holiday meals are distributed at Thanksgiving and Christmas. The Community Kitchen serves hot meals every day, free of charge, to anyone who is hungry. Staff schedules and trains community volunteers to prepare and serve the food which is mostly donated by local grocery stores, restaurants and Carolina Dining Services. The Community Kitchen serves two hot meals a day, every day of the year. Groups from congregations, neighborhoods and other organizations prepare and serve meals to clients. 95% of the food served is donated by businesses, UNC food service providers, grocery stores and individuals. Anyone who is hungry can eat. HomeStart and Community House are the only homeless shelters in the county.

Community Stories

10 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Sandra61

Client Served

Rating: 5

Years ago, after surviving a horrible domestic violence situation, losing everything, then falling into a downward spiral, I came to chapel hill to get on my feet again After such tragedies in life, i found myself doing things I NEVER could have imagined, went thru a Christian rehab treatment and then moved from there to an Oxford house in Chapel Hill. It was very difficult to fall such a long way in life. It nearly broke me, drove me almost to the point I wanted to die. When I started to rebuild my life and came to Chapel Hill and found a place at an Oxford house, I did not even own a blanket. No sheets, no food is provided. Thankfully IFC was there. I was given a blanket, and a box of food. I went back one more time for another box before I was thankfully able to secure a part time job in the area. IFC was a real blessing to me when I was trying to rebuild. Today I have my children, a nice home, a good income and working towards my RN. I will never forget how much that simple blanket meant to me. It gave me hope, They gave me food to survive when I had no other way to get fed. Thank You from the bottom of my heart, Because of this great charity I now give back to my community, a viable member of society that I had been broken off of.

Advisor

Rating: 5

In the 13 years that I have worked with the IFC, I have interviewed many clients, volunteers, and staff members. I have consistently heard from clients that the organization has helped them transform their lives. The volunteers and staff are among the most dedicated and caring people I know. IFC is an organization that has a profound impact on those it serves. I am also a donor to IFC because I know that the organization is a good steward of its resources.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

The IFC is, by far, in my lifetime in the Chapel Hill/Carrboro area, the most organized and functional organization who has helped many in our community who need assistance. I have volunteered there, worked there and donated money. As far as I am concerned, they are IT in our community, when trying to acquire basic needs. I can think of many of our homeless who may not be alive without the IFC. Great job!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a regular contributor to IFC for several years now and am proud to see my contributions used for so much good. The leadership of IFC is above ethical; they are not drawing huge salaries--the funds they collect are going directly to those in need. When controversial issues have arisen in the community around any aspect of homelessness or poverty, IFC is at the table with compassion, intelligence, and creativeness.

1 Rebecca122

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am the President of the Board of Directors of IFC. I have served the agency as a member of the Board for 7 years. The staff and volunteers with leadership of John Dorward provide meaningful services to those in poverty and need in our community.

Rebecca McCulloh

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

3 generations of my family have volunteered with the IFC because we believe so strongly in helping others in our community. The IFC is critical to so many.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Interfaith Council forms a consortium of faith communities, enabling us to reach out to our brothers and sisters who need a hand up during a challenging period of time in their lives. Each year, IFC gets better and better at its mission. Our town is the better for having IFC in our midst!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The IFC is an incredibly well run and professional organization. They help many people in numerous ways, with compassion and respect, and, most importantly, on a shoestring financially. Their ability to communicate with and garner support from other community organizations is superb. They are never satisfied with their significant accomplishments, but are always striving to build upon and improve their services. As a liaison between the IFC and my faith-based organization, I am repeatedly impressed -- no, amazed is a better word -- by all aspects of their organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a member of the iiason committee of IFC. I am also a volunteer from Chapel Hill Christian Church. IFC is a great organization and I am proud to be a volunteer. I like being a liason with my church. It gives me an opportunity to report on the work of IFC to my congregation and it provides me with an opportunity to share what my church does with other congregations.

We are the Jelly Church. Each week, I take 30 jars of jelly to the pantry.

Doris Colomb

Mae_

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am present board member, former client and former staff member. My relationship with IFC goes back to the 1960s when my mother became a volunteer and served on the board. As a 16 year single mother I used the serves of the Loan and Grant Fund. Later as way of giving back I started to volunteer. My daughter is now the third generation of volunteers (along with my sister and nephew who assist with and walk in CROP Hunger Walk) with IFC. We have seen how it changes lives. I have two relatives both were homeless and would still be on the streets if not for Community House and Homestart. So no one can say "bad" things about IFC around my family with out getting "a testimony" about the staff and the services that it provides and has provided for 50 years!