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Interfaith Outreach & Community Partners

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Emergency Assistance, Employment Preparation & Procurement, Food, Food Banks & Pantries, Human Services, Job Training

Mission: The mission of Interfaith Outreach & Community Partners is to engage the heart and will of our community to respond to emergency needs and create opportunities for all to thrive.

Results: Since 1979, Interfaith Outreach & Community Partners has been making an impact in eight west suburban Hennepin County communities, working to prevent and alleviate poverty through effective cross-sector partnerships including over 2,000 volunteers. Interfaith Outreach provides both emergency and long-term solutions around food, clothing, affordable housing, employment, child care and education, transportation and healthy community connections. Together, Interfaith Outreach and its partners create opportunities for all to thrive. 2,184 unique households were served in the last fiscal year.

Target demographics: Since 1979, Interfaith Outreach & Community Partners has been making an impact in eight west suburban Hennepin County communities, working to prevent and alleviate poverty through effective cross-sector partnerships including over 1,800 volunteers.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 2,184 households

Geographic areas served: Wayzata, Plymouth, Orono, Long Lake, Hamel, Medina, Minnetonka Beach and Medicine Lake, Minnesota

Programs: Interfaith Outreach provides both emergency and long-term solutions around food, clothing, affordable housing, employment, child care and education, transportation and healthy community connections. Together, Interfaith Outreach and its partners create opportunities for all to thrive.

Community Stories

52 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

Interfaith Outreach has an amazing impact on the clients and communities it serves. They maximize the value of every dollar donated with their staff expertise and operational efficiency. They further maximize their efficiency with their ability to attract and retain a large pool of talented and committed volunteers. I love their mission and track record of helping their clients move from crisis mode to stabilization to strengthening to ultimately thriving and self sufficiency.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am so grateful to have joined Interfaith as a board member over two years ago. This is an outstanding organization with talented staff, committed volunteers and a caring board. The impact of the services offered at Interfaith are amazing as they help individuals in so many important areas...housing and employment just to name a few. I know Interfaith has helped families at a time that was a real low point; they have stayed with the family until they stabilize and ultimately thrive. I'm very proud of the work done by this wonderful non -profit, and know Interfaith makes a significant difference in the community and in the lives of individuals and families that they serve.

Donor

Rating: 5

Our family has been involved with Interfaith Outreach for over a decade. They provide such great value to members of our broad community. Individuals may connect with Interfaith Outreach for a short-term challenge and their unique, holistic approach surrounds them with resources to guide them towards long-term self-sufficiency. I have had the opportunity to support the organization through multiple volunteer and fund-raising efforts. LaDonna Hoy's compassionate leadership for the community shines through each employee, volunteer, community partner and family they serve. I also applaud them for their attentive and responsible stewardship.

Mary Bohl L.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I love that this organization is the safety net in our community, to catch those that are struggling with food, housing, transportation , childcare, and employment. The staff and volunteers genuinely care about every person that walks in the door. At that same time, i'm grateful that they are good stewards of the financial gifts they receive, stretching every dollar received to its max.

Mary

Meghan B.1

Board Member

Rating: 5

I've worked with Interfaith Outreach since high-school (over 21 years!). They are an incredible organization and consistently make a positive impact to those in our community. I am always impressed by the staff's professionalism, friendliness, and care they approach each person, whether it is a board member or a client. Each person is treated with respect, equality and empathy. Thank you Interfaith for all you have done for this community!

Board Member

Rating: 5

Interfaith Outreach is focused on helping families in need, not just with whatever the urgent need is (presenting issue), but the staff and volunteers build relationships and try to understand how the need arose. The organization understands that employment, education, transportation, child care, housing, and hunger are all interconnected and need to be in alignment, and that families need a stable foundation across these areas. The organization is positioned to help across these areas in order to help families get back on their feet and become self-sufficient!

Board Member

Rating: 5

IOCP is a truly inspiring organization that has been helping communities in need for over 40 years. Their work to help move struggling families to a thriving status is apparent in its many parts including the Resale shop, food shelf, after school help, career advice and much more. The most impactful signals to its impact are the families who continue to come back and then in turn help others.... I love being part of this organization and furthering its mission.

Kate

Cathy R.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Over the years I have watched the steady, thoughtful growth of this organization provide resources for local families in need. As they grew, community leaders with specialized skills joined the cause and Interfaith was able to increase its services even more through government, education and corporate collaborations.

Once, I had a friend in need but who hesitated to reach out. When I accompanied her to Interfaith, a case manager met with her and made a plan for assistance - both on-the-spot help as well as longer term support. My friend was so grateful and so relieved that there was someone who could help get things sorted out and provide hope amid her difficult situation.

As a volunteer today in one of the community outreach programs, I witness the caring and compassion by the staff at Interfaith. It is part of the culture to treat client families with respect and advocacy. I see how they value volunteers by their tag line: "Igniting the Power of Community". Their unique process of integrating volunteers provides the manpower to make many of the special services for local client families become reality.

Interfaith Outreach is a gem in the community and a model for us all. I am proud to live in the community that has such a positive force for good which is driven by Interfaith as they continue to "Ignite the Power of Community".

With gratitude,
Cathy Roth

Esther D.1

Board Member

Rating: 5

Interfaith Outreach interacts with the community in a powerful way by digging deeply into the barriers faced by families and by providing informed, sustainable, and creative long-term solutions. A small barrier such as a car repair bill can cause a cascade of life-changing events such as job loss. Interfaith Outreach supports people in small and big ways that give them long-term stability and success. This organization supports local schools by providing those wrap-around services so that teachers can teach and children can concentrate on classwork and experience academic growth. I also appreciate how Interfaith Outreach connects with experts in the field, whether in the area of early childhood development or opportunity gaps to inform its practice. Friends and supporters of Interfaith Outreach are grateful for the leadership of LaDonna Hoy who teaches the community not only to see or to talk about suburban poverty but to do something about it.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I really enjoy getting to know others in our community and working toward a common goal of making it a better place for all to love. From fundraising to holiday events and early education opportunities, Interfaith Outreach is working to provide services and opportunities for our neighbors to thrive. I enjoying helping out and supporting our community.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been actively volunteering with Interfaith Outreach for the last seven years and have really enjoyed the opportunity to work with this organization which dedicates such resources to support and change in our community. As a volunteer I so appreciate the flexibility and variety of engagement opportunities. I have been able to be involved in so many different aspects of their work because of this. As a community member I am so thankful that they are a part of our community and for the needs that they fill.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer for Interfaith Outreach for several years, I hear and see some of the impact they make in the community: the senior grateful for a ride to a medical appointment, the mom loading food shelf groceries into a cart, the job training coach giving encouragement to a client, the job seeker picking out clothes from ReSale Shop to wear to an interview, the front desk volunteers responding to appeals for information/help, the after-school and summer camp programs supporting kids, and the commitment of staff and volunteers eager to make life better for others with needs. When you directly hear/see this first hand, it makes one grateful to be a part of the Interfaith Outreach team.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’ve been volunteering at IOCP for many years. The more I see, the more impressed I am with how the organization helps those in need. IOCP has programs to help adults, children, and families. Everyone living in their service area who needs help is welcomed, no one is turned away. IOCP offers many volunteer opportunities. You can volunteer for special events or on a scheduled basis. Their staff are amazing to work with. I feel extremely appreciated as a volunteer every time I'm there. I would highly recommend IOCP for anyone looking to volunteer. It is a wonderful organization doing important work.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Interfaith Outreach & Community Partners for roughly 12 years and I love giving my time and money to such an amazing non profit! Not only do they help the community that I live in, they also help surrounding communities where people have a perception that they don't need help. There is so many amazing ways that you can be involved and what I love most is that you can help on your own at a time and what is convenient for you. If you are looking to get involved in a nonprofit, I would highly recommend checking out Interfaith Outreach & Community Partners!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Interfaith Outreach has been a blessing for our community. Not only does it provide essential services for individuals and families in need but also wonderful opportunities for people to volunteer. As someone who has been volunteering at IOCP for the past several years, I am continually blown away by the warmth and kindness of the staff. They go out of their way to make sure that everyone feels part of the team. And they are extremely sensitive to their volunteers' needs, helping them discover and succeed at the ideal way to serve. I'm thankful they exist as they fill an important role in providing support, purpose, and meaning to everyone in our community.

Donor

Rating: 5

It has been a real privilege for me to live in a community where we have an organization that is meeting the individual challenges of our citizenry, partnering with churches, schools and businesses, to solve problems. I have supported Interfaith since its beginnings because they understand how to meet and overcome barriers, caring gently and thoroughly, with each individual or family. I know all funds contributed will be used well and all of us benefit when goodness prevails! Babs Koch

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have a veteran teacher of 31 years. In our schools, every day, I see the positive difference Interfaith Outreach makes in the lives of economically disadvantages families. Rent assists allow families to stay in place resulting in continuity of relationships and improved learning. The cars they help fix each month keep adult consistently going to work. More children have opportunities for learning during out of school time as a result of the staff at Interfaith connecting our youth to tutors, Community Education scholarships and other enrichment activities. As suburban poverty increases, the work of Interfaith Outreach has never been more important!

Board Member

Rating: 5

I was looking for an opportunity to give back to my community (in my own backyard if you will), as volunteerism is part of the culture where I work (Wells Fargo). I found out about Interfaith Outreach from our Community Relations Director at work. I discovered a rich history of involvement by Wells Fargo with Interfaith Outreach. Interfaith Outreach’s mission and values matched up well with my own values and beliefs, and I have found my involvement with Interfaith Outreach to be very satisfying and rewarding. I have a finance background and was able to lend my time and leverage my finance talents to the organization through my involvement with the Finance Committee. I have witnessed first-hand the incredible growth and meaningful community impacts of Interfaith Outreach. I feel both proud and humble to be involved with Interfaith Outreach.

Over the period of my involvement (and building on the efforts of previous treasurers and working in concert with our very capable Finance Director), we have achieved audit opinions at the highest level of assurance, strengthened internal controls (with no material weaknesses noted by our auditors), and fully funded our reserves. We have expanded our financial planning beyond an annual budget to a multi-year financial sustainability planning process. Helping play a part of this success as a “financial steward” of the organization has been very rewarding. We all have talents. We all have a sense of corporate responsibility, exposure to mission and values, the importance of being customer-centric, and often involved in strategy development and execution. All these attributes carry over very well to the non-profit sector, and can be leveraged to help a nonprofit evolve, grow, address governance needs and achieve sustainability.

Interfaith Outreach is so unique. We offer such a wide spectrum of needed and necessary services to our program participants and our communities, embodied in six impact areas: family support, food, housing and neighborhoods, education and youth, employment and transportation. We partner well with churches, school districts, government agencies and volunteers (nearly 2,000 volunteers providing over 64,000 hours of volunteer service) to deliver these services in a highly effective manner.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Interfaith Outreach & Community Partners engages the heart and will of our community to respond to emergency needs and create opportunities for all to thrive. Interfaith Outreach works directly with individuals and families to meet their basic needs with access to food, housing, healthcare, childcare, education, employment, transportation and other assistance. Through supportive services, organized and effective volunteer experiences as well as impactful giving, Interfaith Outreach provides community members with meaningful ways to be involved in the strengthening our community together.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have known about this organization for more than 15 years. I was introduced to their amazing work when my past employer partnered with them to develop and build affordable town homes with on site services in Plymouth. Since that day, the staff and volunteer leadership of Interfaith Outreach have continued to impress and deliver. The organization is nimble, responding to pressing community needs and strategic, partnering with hundreds of faith communities and businesses to work effectively. Addressing suburban poverty and all the barriers people experience is a major challenge all around the country. I am grateful we have Interfaith right here in our back yard.

Review from Guidestar