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Causes: Civil Rights, Emergency Assistance, Homeless & Housing, Homeless Shelters, Human Services, International, International Relief

Mission: Interfaith Works is an interfaith coalition of over 150 congregations of diverse faiths, working together to meet the needs of the poor. Last year, with the help of 7,000 volunteers, more 35,000 men, women and children received assistance at our doors.We shelter homeless men and women, provide free clothing, housewares, new school supplies and baby layettes to income-qualified individuals and families, mentor at-risk families, provide homeless families with affordable housing and intensive case management, provide vocational services including job counseling and placement for homeless and low income individuals, and prevent evictions, provide prescription, rent and utility assistance through emergency grants and loans and counseling to those in financial crisis.

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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