Mission: Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston brings people of diverse faith traditions together for dialogue, collaboration and service to seniors and refugees, that enhance the independence and dignity of low-income seniors and improve the quality of life of refugees. IM serves individuals in a 10 county, greater Houston area with the help of over 1,400 volunteers.Collaboration among people of different faiths strengthens what IM accomplishes, as well as bridges gaps in understanding among people of diverse beliefs.IM is Houston's oldest interfaith-based social service organization. Founded in 1955 as the Church Welfare League and officially chartered as Houston Metropolitan Ministries in 1969, IM has been a leading force in bringing together people of all faiths to serve people in need in the greater Houston area. Renamed Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston in 1992 to reflect support from increasingly diverse faith traditions, IM partners with 10 faith communities including Baha'i, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jain, Jewish, Muslim, Sikh, Unitarian Universalist, and Zoroastrian communities of faith. Together they provide the foundation upon which IM builds collaborative partnerships to serve children, seniors, and refugees.
I am a Board member of Interfaith Ministries of Greater Houston. Three, four years ago on the Meals on the Wheels program, IM served around two thounds home bound seniors every day. We had a long waiting list of hungry seniors, and our budget was in the deep red. Our CEO and Board members decided to do the unthinking able; we decided to open up the waiting list to served more seniors and took our messages to our community and organizations to secure and and solicite more funding. Long story short, today our Meals on the Wheels program serve almost 4,500 seniors in our Houston community every day. There is no longer a waiting list. We even serve breakfast, weekend meals and pet food for seniors who have pets and have special needs. We also expanded our interfaith relations program with the launching of the Amazing Faith Dinner dialogue program, Ready Houston and Congregation to Congregation program. Those programs provide people of different faith traditions a chance to communicate, learn and understand each other and to serve the community together. I can't find a nonprofit organization that is more worthy of your support. We not only serve the needy in our community we also try to build a community of trust, understanding and tolerance. We are working hand in hand with all congregations to make Houston a better place for people of all faith traditions and all ages.