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Causes: Food, Food Programs, Homeless & Housing, Homeless Shelters, Housing & Shelter, Temporary Housing

Mission: Inter-Faith Housing Alliance's mission is to provide opportunities for families in our diverse community to achieve self-sufficiency by offering community-based programs designed to bridge homelessness and independence.

Target demographics: families experiencing homelessness or food insecurity

Direct beneficiaries per year: In FY2018, 77 individuals (28 adults and 49 children) participated in our housing programs; 13,525 bed-nights of shelter were provided. 1,648 individuals received food at our Cupboard.

Geographic areas served: Montgomery County, Pennsylvania

Programs: Emergency shelter, in partnership with 22 area congregations; a two-year transitional shelter program at our Ambler, PA apartments (Hope Gardens); long-term supportive housing for two families at an Ambler home (Hope Forest); and a food cupboard in Abington, PA.

Community Stories

50 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered at this organization periodically over the the past 3 years. The work they do for the individual clients and the community is unmeasurable. Each employee shows empathy and is fully motivated to assist a family, no doubts or distractions hold them back. By being an advocate for a family, Inter-Faith has facilitated opportunities for housing, food, clothing, and more for numerous families throughout the county.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Lots of community engagement and support going on at this organization! Proud to be a supporter.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have worked with I-FHA for many years. I have volunteered there and have also referred families there. No matter what the capacity I am always struck by the staff and volunteers. They all go above and beyond. They are willing to help each family in any way they can. They treat each family with dignity and respect. The staff meets them where they are and gives them the skills needed to become self sufficient and move on to their next phase with confidence. I would refer any family to this organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My name is James Weiss. I am the Head of the St Thomas, Whitemarsh Barn, which is a nonprofit rummage sale. The St Thomas Barn usually holds eight sales a year, every second Saturday from May to November (with two sales in September). With the coronavirus pandemic, we have had to close our doors; but we are in the process of establishing an online barn store. We get donations of all kinds, including furniture. I have a relationship with Sue Zomberg at Interfaith Housing. Interfaith is one of the charities that St Thomas Barn has supported for years. They are a great organization that helps people who have become homeless get back into housing. They do a fantastic job. I know from first-hand experience. I talked to Sue Zomberg just today (9/21/20) about a range of subjects, including: The Roslyn food cupboard, Hope Gardens in Ambler; and a few particular clients whom I have helped with furniture donations. The Saint Thomas Barn supports Interfaith Housing wholeheartedly.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Staff are so nice to volunteer with. I recommend checking them out if you are interested in volunteering as an individual or organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The housing, support and food cupboard they provide is a great resource for individuals and families.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I know people who have been in a rough patch and they have gotten themselves together. They have now moved on to a better life. Just because life gives you lemons, doesn't mean you have not options. The support services are great!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This group goes above and beyond to help the needy of our community. Constantly, supporting it's clients so they can better themselves and provide tools to make that happen.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As I volunteer here, I see more amazing things happen. People's lives being turned around and Improved though the hard work of the participants and staff.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Inter-Faith Housing Alliance is a worthy cause. They continue to work towards ending homelessness for families in our community. Every action they take is moving towards that goal.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

IFHA has done great work adjusting to the COVID-19 pandemic while still helping the people they serve!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great nonprofit that does wonderful work for families in the community.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Interfaith staff do an outstanding job of orienting volunteers into the spirit of the organization. In a welcoming and "partnering with" manner, they assist newer volunteers to understand their role, and what is helpful. They are exceedingly professional in all preparations while maintaining a very open and flexible posture. For years now, Interfaith has provided a foothold for folks who are financially vulnerable. The myriad of support services that surround those in the program offer a sustaining path toward a stronger, successful future. I am very impressed with the program and enjoy participating as a volunteer. Marilyn Frazier, MSW, LSW

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with I-FHA for over a year and I am continually amazed at the commitment of every staff member to their mission of serving families in need of Housing in Montgomery County, PA. I help out with administrative tasks in the office, and have worked at the annual Golf Tournament fundraiser. I feel very proud to be a small asset to this essential non-profit.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have only volunteered at Inter-Faith for two months, but I am inspired by the hard work and drive of the staff to help those in need of housing throughout our community. This is a wonderful organization that is so deserving of support.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My support with this wonderful organization has been providing meals to a specific family in need residing at Interfaith and well as donating food & supplies to their food distribution center in Roslyn. Everyone who works there is kind & appreciative of any help. Interfaith truly serves those in our community in need.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Inter-faith Housing Alliance is an amazing nonprofit that brings communities together and provides volunteers the chance to see humanity behind homelessness. I have been a volunteer for over 20 years, as a matter of fact my kids grew up helping and playing with the inter-faith families and their kids. And now my granddaughter helps, she loves meeting new friends every year and some of the families we have kept in touch with over the years. I have witnessed so many success stories for those who have been a part of the program. The staff is loving, caring, compassionate and dedicated which makes the program work!

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Food Cupboard has great hours and very helpful people.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love the work the Food cupboard does. They help so many people and are very friendly and caring!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Inter-faith is a great organization that helps people transition from homelessness to being stably housed.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering with I-FHA for over ten years. Well organized, caring programs. Lots of community support. Great staff and utilizes student internships and Church and Congregation for support. Board is one of the most dedicated I’ve ever seen and I have worked with many. If you can only support one non profit, it should be this one!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

IFHA is a terrific resource in our community. Keep up the great work!!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

The volunteers at the food cupboard are so helpful and friendly. The new space is great too

Client Served

Rating: 1

My husband, son, & I lived at Hope Gardens 2014-2016 and we were one of the families that didn't complete the 2 year program. Everything was fine when Jude H. was the casemanager but once Malika, the case manager after jude started, everything went wrong for us. My family is very greatful for given the help, however, IFHA ended up not helping us & instead, made things worse for us. Marsha E. the Executive Director did not like my family from the start. She was not nice nor helpful. My family suffers from mental illness and this program had no services for families living with mental illness. After Malika started, her & Marsha treated my family different from the other tenants. We were the only Caucasian family in the building and there were so many occasions where we had to do things that the other tenants didnt have to do. Or the other tenants would get special privledges & we wouldn't. The required casemanager meetings every week did nothing but put my family down and made us feel horrible about ourselves. The educational meetings were always being canceled & when they werent canceled, they were pointless & not educational & no one even would show up. The pantry on-site was always empty and when there was food, it was expired. The mice problem in the apartments was so out of control & all the "exterminator" did was spray some chemical around the baseboards & who knows what he was spraying. The executive director violated so many tenant-landlord laws. And also each apartment was sponsored by a church that was supposed to mentor us but they would never give us their contact info. Prior to moving in, my family was working with Habitat for Humanity and we were up for a home in Bridgeport. However, Marsha & Malika got involved with the executive director from habitat & had meetings with them about my family & Jude told us that Marsha & Malika talked so poorly on my family & tried their hardest to get them to not sell us a home. Right before we were supposed to move in, sure enough, Habitat found ways to kick us out. My family put a discrimination complaint in with HUD & PHRC & after things got even worse. They really interfered with our right to enjoy our home. And they retaliated against us by evicting us. So we didnt qualify for their after care program, we didnt get our deposit back, & we lost our support with out church at First Presbyterian that we were attending prior to moving into Hope Gardens. They became a partner with IFHA once Malika started. Imagine that. My family was homeless for 2 years after getting evicted from IFHA. And since they are affiliated with almost every program and organization in Montco, no one wanted to help us anymore. So entering IFHA ruined my family mentally, emotionally, & physically. There should be a section on here that totals the number of families each year that failed their programs. There should also be a section on here for any complaints or grievances they received. I believe by experience that IFHA might be misusing their funds & grants. They really should be investigated from back in 2014-2016. But no one wants to hear from the actual clients of the programs to get proof if an organization is actually doing what they say they are doing or if its just words on paper to look good for funding purposes. IFHA should help every family that enters into their program & if a family is struggling, they shouldnt be treated badly & just be kicked out with no where to go & no other supports. They shouldve worked with us and helped us, not hurt us. If a family fails ur program, its because of your program. U should also take accountability for your actions & negligence.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Enjoyed volunteering with Inter-Faith. Helped the young ones with this art project!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteered here recently for a work event. Don't do a lot of this kind of thing so I wasn't sure what to expect but the staff was very welcoming. There were a lot of opportunities for myself and my co-workers to different work depending on our interests and abilities. I wasn't aware that there was an organization like this in my community or even that there was a need for it honestly. Gave me a lot to think about and I will definitely be going back to help out again soon!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great place to volunteer for with an awesome mission. Would highly recommend as a place to give your time and/or money. This organization that works to support families in need so you know that it is a place worth promoting.

Donor

Rating: 5

Great organization that does great work! Glad to be a supporter.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

IFHA is a much needed organization, the staff are very dedicated, compassionate and strive to provide the best services to the people they serve. I called Marsha and her staff God's

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Inter-Faith Housing Alliance is a great community partner!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The staff at Inter-Faith are very committed to their work. It's been a honor volunteering with the organization. I love the work they do.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Inter-Faith Housing Alliance provides great services to families in need of assistance, and is a wonderful organization to be involved with. If you are looking to make an impact on your community, I highly recommend working with them.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Inter-Faith offered the members of my congregation a very meaningful day of service!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered at Inter-Faith and had a great experience.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I found this hope gardens to be deplorable. I would visit a friend of mine that used to live there and the whole apartment building had a mice problem that was never resolved. She said all the tenants had this issue and nothing was done. They would give the residents expired food out of the pantry there and act like they were doing something nice. This so called non profit forced my friend to give them $250 MONTHLY for her so called savings acct, but they never told her what bank they were putting the money in nor gave her a banking statement...this place needs to be looked into, sounds fishy to me, thank God shes not there anymore!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Inter-Faith was with my family every step of the way. We couldn't have done it without them. It is exciting to have a place of our own.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A well-respected organization that has been helping families for over 30 years. Am proud to have served as a volunteer for many years!

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Inter-Faith Housing Alliance 09/26/2016

Thank you for your years of volunteering, and for the great review!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Wonderful staff! Kind, prompt, caring. Do great work!

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Inter-Faith Housing Alliance 09/26/2016

Thank you for your kind words!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

From the ashes of a small committee working on a food cupboard to InterFaith Housing Alliance has been a long and beautiful trip. Catching a vision of what could be, housing the homeless became our passion. From church to church housing to Hope Gardens apartments and now our home on Forest Avenue (Hope Forest) volunteers and good staff have enriched the lives of our community by helping the homeless become home owners, solid renters, and a people who have a resource to encourage them on their way to self respect and community involvement.
It's been a really great ride! Ron Lutz - retired pastor - former Board member

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Inter-Faith Housing Alliance 09/26/2016

Ron--Thank you for this review, and for your longtime support of Inter-Faith. We couldn't have done it without you! Here's to many more years of helping families together!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

IFHA has been excellent in helping families during tough times in their life overcome homelessness. They offer many resources that help one become stable again, as well as counseling services to help resolve personal matter that could hinder ones growth. After leaving their program, they continue to help families with obtaining funding, food, gifts, clothing, and much more. Overall my experience with IFHA was great. I would refer anyone to them that is a time of need. Thank you IFHA for all you do!

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Inter-Faith Housing Alliance 09/26/2016

You cannot know how much it means to us here to read a review like this. We are so glad to know you had a good experience at Inter-Faith and that you feel supported even after leaving the program. Keep in touch!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Inter-Faith Housing Alliance is committed to serving homeless children and families. The organization has proven success in the implementation of care with outcomes that denote best practice models steadily increasing services to meet the ever growing need I our catchment area. It is an organization that excels in the management of financial resources through sound stewardship and financial practices. I am thankful for the work being done by Inter-Faith Housing Alliance, its leadership and its many partners that meet the ever growing needs of at-risk families. I am proud to serve as a newly elected board member.

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Inter-Faith Housing Alliance 09/26/2016

We are so happy to have you join us, Barbara! Thanks for your review!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Inter-Faith Housing Alliance has, over the years, been a shining light in the community of Ambler, PA. It's Hope Gardens transitional housing facility as well as the Hospitality Network (which works with local congregations to provide a safe, welcoming place to stay for folks who have been displaced) have been invaluable. Inter-Faith has enjoyed enormous community volunteer support which is a testament to it's vital role in the local community.

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Inter-Faith Housing Alliance 09/28/2016

We are lucky to have such wonderful volunteers--like yourself! Thank you!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered/worked part time at Inter-Faith Housing Alliance for two consecutive summers while I was a student in college. When I first started out, all I knew was that I-FHA provided emergency and temporary shelter to those experiencing homelessness in the Montgomery County area. It wasn’t until after I had been there for a few weeks that I realized how much more than that this organization is. I-FHA is a wonderful non-profit that truly believes in helping the families they serve. They take in families who are often experiencing the worst time in their lives and put a roof over their heads, food in their stomachs, and hope in their hearts. The staff, every member of which is kind, knowledgeable, and dedicated, invests time and effort in sitting down with their clients and helping them map out exactly what they are going to do to improve their life situations. Then, they actually work hard to help make that goal become a reality, offering numerous programs that are designed to effectively teach and support clients so that they are able to not only obtain, but also keep stable housing. The work that is done at this non-profit is powerful and impactful - nothing short of amazing.

I continue to keep in touch with I-FHA to this day, occasionally doing miscellaneous tasks to help further their goals, and have never regretted choosing to dedicate my time to them. I believe in Inter-Faith Housing Alliance and their mission to make homelessness in Montgomery County brief, rare, and nonrecurring.

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Inter-Faith Housing Alliance 09/28/2016

Thank you so much for your kind words and your continued involvement at Inter-Faith. We couldn't do what we do without the help of people like you!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

What a great place to volunteer. The volunteer project at the new house was well-organized and lots of fun. Glad I was able to help out.

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Inter-Faith Housing Alliance 09/28/2016

So glad you were able to help with the new house! Thank you for your review!

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Client Served

Rating: 4

I didn't know what to expect when I moved into Hope Gardens. I had a really nice apartment, paid rent and was also able to save money. When I left two years later I moved into my own place with my kids. I'm greatful to the staff and the volunteers who supported me.

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Inter-Faith Housing Alliance 09/28/2016

It is wonderful to hear that a "graduate" is doing so well! Please keep in touch!

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Client Served

Rating: 1

I used to live at Inter Faith's Shelter Program not too long ago. I heard years ago how wonderful this program used to be. It has changed for the worst. I wasn't there that long but I heard from numerous people that lived there how bad it became. For me, I got nothing out of it. It was a complete waiste of time for me. Its hard trying to work on bettering your life when the entire staff is just miserable and unhelpful. I lived at 2 other shelters and i never had so many problems at those shelters as i did at Interfaith in Ambler. I don't reccomend this place to anyone.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My church became involved with this organization over 20 years ago by inviting suburban homeless and their families into our church for one month a year through this organization's "Hospitality Network". One month a year (every March) our church provides meals, transportation, overnight accommodations and other services for these people who for no reason of their own find themselves without a home. Many of these people move to Interfaith's 8 unit apartment building, where they can have a "home of their own", paying a small portion of ther income, if any, while they are assisted in getting back on their feet. They receive emotional support, counseling, financial counseling and job search assistance from this wonderful organization. About a year and a half ago, after retiring from my job, my friend and I offered our volunteer assistance, doing maintenance on Interfaith's apartment building, "Hope Gardens". We have seen first hand the hope that Interfaith gives to these people who otherwise might have no help. We have gotten to know the Interfaith staff and have seen how dedicated these people are to making life better for the suburban homeless of Montgomery County, PA.

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Inter-Faith Housing Alliance 09/28/2016

Thank you for your review, but more important, thank you for your years of dedicated volunteering. I hope you know how grateful all of us here are for your hard work!