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50 Years of Service

Interfaith Works Celebrates Community Partnership

Article by Shannon Barghols

Photography by Monica Vidal

Originally published in Potomac Lifestyle

In 1972, Interfaith Works (IW) was founded by local faith communities who recognized that collaborative action was the best way to help neighbors in need. Partnerships became the foundation of the organization, and partnerships are what continue to fuel its operations today—50 years later. 

IW's Chief Executive Officer, Courtney Hall says, “We remain dedicated to providing vital services and pathways to greater stability. As the needs of our community are evolving, IW and our partners continue to address expanding issues of homelessness, food security,  and employment.”

Local faith communities, businesses, nonprofits, educational institutions, philanthropic organizations, and individuals who share IW’s mission are encouraged to partner with them.

Consider these options and join the efforts today:

Vocational Services Program

The program placed 101 people in new jobs last fiscal year, resulting in $3 million in annual wages earned. This program depends on business partnerships. Join IW to help provide the skills and trainings needed to increase the employment competitiveness of IW clients. 

Shelters

Over 45,611 nights of shelter and more than 124,000 meals were provided to residents living in Becky’s House, Priscilla’s House, IW Residences, and the Women’s Centers at Taft and Crabbs Branch. It is a tremendous undertaking that rests on the generosity of volunteers who prepare and deliver meals daily.

Essential Needs Center: IW Clothing Center,  IW Connections, and IW Food Pantry 

Many individuals in the community who need essential items come to the IW Clothing Center. Our partners host numerous drives, such as collecting clothing, coats, blankets, toiletries, school supplies, and a variety of home goods. Others volunteer their time to sort and organize donations at the Clothing Center to make it a comfortable and pleasant experience for clients to select items they require for themselves and their families. 

About 7,582 people received clothing and other household items through the IW Clothing Center, while IW Connections provided 469 households with emergency rental and utility support. Both programs depend on the generous financial support of individuals, companies, and government agencies throughout our area. Your generosity is especially important during the winter months.

The IW Food Pantry has distributed over 1.85 million pounds of food since it launched in December 2020. Partners in this endeavor host food drives, as well as sort, organize, and distribute food, and donate financial support. Other partners have been successful in connecting IW with owners of grocery stores and restaurants, as well as food distributors to secure fresh produce. 

Food insecurity is a growing problem and IW is always on the lookout for new partners. 

For more information on how to donate and volunteer partner, visit www.iworksmc.org. 

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