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Default Interfaith Works News - October 2011

Painting by Mohammed "Amdy" Adje, a regular participant in the Art for the People workshop at Interfaith Works' Community Vision Program.

Interfaith Works Art Show at Johns Hopkins
Johns Hopkins' Montgomery County Campus is hosting an art show to display the work of clients of Interfaith Works.
The show features art by homeless visitors of our Community Vision day center in Silver Spring and clients of our other programs, and will hang through October 28, 2011.
Please join us for a reception on Tuesday, October 18th from 6:30 - 8:00 PM in the Academic & Research Building Food for Thought Café, 9601 Medical Center Drive, Rockville, MD 20850.
For more information or to RSVP, please contact Heather Steed, 301-315-1096.
Starting the School Year Right!
Thank you for supporting our Annual School Supplies Program again this year! Thanks to your generous donations of dollars, backpacks, and school supplies, Interfaith Works was able to send over 2,100 students in need back to school ready to learn.
This summer Fannie Mae supported our School Supplies Program by sending 10 employees to provide over 400 hours of volunteer service. They implemented a Lean Six Sigma approach to reorganize our warehouse space and increase the efficiency of our donation intake and assembly. With their help, we were able to process 300 backpacks each day!
We are grateful for the support of our many volunteer groups from congregations, organizations, and schools! This year our Backpack Team Captain was Ping Ni, a high school senior who supervised our many volunteer groups and helped assemble backpacks and track inventory.
She shared with us, "Having a good education is an important foundation for life. I believe that it is important, regardless of one's socio-economic status, to receive an education. I believe that being ready for back-to-school is synonymous with being ready for life."

Many thanks to our School Supplies Program sponsor, Mid-Atlantic Federal Credit Union! In addition to sponsoring the program, they collected backpacks and school supplies at their local branches throughout the summer for our neighbors in need.
Kenneth Swab, WHF Foundation Treasurer, presents a $2,500 check to Julie Kirby, Director of Development, and Carolyn R. Johnson, Program Manager of Vocational Services, during a visit to Interfaith Works' Community Vision facility in Silver Spring.
WHU Foundation Awards $2,500 to Interfaith Works' Vocational Services Program
In September, Interfaith Works received a generous donation of $2,500 from the WHF Foundation in support of our Vocational Services Program, which works to equip individuals transitioning out of homelessness to achieve self-sufficiency through meaningful employment.The donation is in addition to a prior 2010 grant of $3,500.

Interfaith Works' Vocational Services Program prepares clients for employment by offering job readiness classes, skills assessment, computer skills and financial literacy, job placement, and support in the workplace when needed. The donation from the WHF Foundation will specifically help Vocational Services' Job Readiness Class, which includes a basic introduction to MS Office and a five-session basic Financial Literacy Class.
University of Maryland College Park Scholars Day of Service
Students from the University of Maryland's College Park Scholars program joined Interfaith Works at four of our programs for a day of service this fall. With about twenty students at each program location, the volunteers helped with a variety of projects.
At Carroll House Men's Shelter, the students made bagged lunches for residents to take to work, planted flowers for the back porch courtyard, and helped clean and organize. At the end of the day, the students shared dinner with the shelter's residents.
At the Interfaith Clothing Center, students worked to sort donations, hang apparel, and restock shelves. At our Community Vision day center and Wilkins Avenue Womens Assessment Center, the volunteers worked to clean, wash windows, organize storage areas, and provide manicures for residents and site visitors.
The College Park Scholars program focuses on encouraging learning outside the classroom through teamwork and real life experiences and making a difference in neighboring communities through service. Thank you, University of Maryland, for being neighbors who care!
Student volunteers from University of Maryland helped stain benches in front of Wilkins Avenue Womens Assessment Center. The benches and other outdoor furniture were donated by the Lutheran Church of St. Andrew thanks to Sandra Nee Jackson's most recent successful application to a Thrivent Grant. The outdoor seating has helped foster a sense of community for the residents of the shelter who gather there in the evenings before heading in for the night.
Interfaith Works News October 2011
"My favorite part of the School Supplies Drive is watching all the hard work pay off. After working in the warehouse and assembling hundreds of backpacks, being able to distribute them to clients is a rewarding experience."
-Ping Ni, Backpack Team Leader for Interfaith Works' School Supplies Program

Neighbors Stand Together!
Looking to learn more about Interfaith Works? Join us for a Neighbors Stand Together! mission tour. We'll introduce you to our many programs and share personal stories about the clients whose lives we are changing with our work. Check out our calendar of dates and join us for a quick, one-hour tour. Please RSVP to Heather Steed, 301-315-1096.
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Did You Know?
According to a U.S. Census Bureau Report:
There were 46.2 million people in poverty in 2010, up from 43.6 million in 2009 - the fourth consecutive annual increase and the largest number in the 52 years for which poverty estimates have been published. Of that 46.2 million people, 22% are children.

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