With support from our Annual School Supplies Program Sponsor Mid-Atlantic Federal Credit Union and other organizations including Park Potomac, Foulger-Pratt, Shulman Rogers, RTI Rockville, Johns Hopkins University - Shady Grove, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Seneca Stake, and our many member congregation who have organized drives, we have given out 2,000 backpacks to children in need prior to the start of the school year.
Back To School!
Montgomery County Public School children are back in school! We are proud to have given away over 2,000 backpacks filled with supplies
to children in need this year through our Annual School Supplies Program
However, many children have returned to school without the backpack or supplies they need simply because their family could not afford it. Since the start of the school year on August 29th, our most requested items are:
1. Backpacks - grades 6-12
2. Pencil pouches
3. Filler paper
4. Tab dividers
5. Colored pencils
Help us collect 600 more backpacks
to give out to these children so that they can start this school year confident and ready to learn - just like all the other kids! Please click Donate Now
to help us collect more backpacks.
Hand To Hand Celebrates 10th Anniversary With Interfaith Works!
On Friday, August 26, 2011, we celebrated the 10th Anniversary of our Hand To Hand Project Safety Net Program as a program of Interfaith Works!
Guest speaker Congresswoman Donna Edwards spoke about her own personal experience facing foreclosure and said she is grateful for a program like Hand To Hand that works to prevent evictions.
During our celebration, we heard from three of our Hand To Hand program graduates - who reflected on their state of distress when they came to Interfaith Works for assistance, and excitedly shared their current successes.
We were excited to remember the Hand To Hand program's accomplishments over the last decade, and are looking forward to the challenges and successes to come in the next decade!
Hand To Hand program graduate Rhonda P., who now works for MC311 Call Center, presented certificates from County Executive Ike Leggett to Program Director Rev. Dr. Rosetta Robinson, Program Assistant Hamza Rasheed, and Administrative Assistant Minda Brewster in thanks for the work they do helping individuals in crisis in Montgomery County.
Lend a hand - or just your
In Need Now
A single mom and her three children who are housed with our Interfaith Housing Coalition are in need of some enthusiastic landscapers to give their Rockville home's lawn some TLC! We are looking for a group of volunteers to help rake and dispose of leaves, mulch flower beds, and trim bushes. A power wash and prime for the deck would give this home an extra sparkle! If you have a group that is interested in volunteering, please contact Monica Barberis-Young at 301-315-1103.
Art Show for Interfaith Works' Clients
Our friends at Johns Hopkins University in Montgomery County are hosting an art show to display the work of clients of Interfaith Works.
Many of our clients from various programs have found art as a way to find hope in the midst of their struggle. From painting murals on the walls of our homeless shelter to art therapy classes at our day center, art has been a catalyst for change and an outlet for expression for many of our clients at Interfaith Works.
Come see this collection of work at Johns Hopkins' Food for Thought Cafe in the Academic & Research Building on the Shady Grove Campus. The show will hang from August 29th - October 28th.
This still life was painted by a group of individuals participating in Art For The People at Community Vision day center in Silver Spring.
Yadira celebrates her new American citizenship with her Interfaith Works case manager, Michelle.
Yadira Takes the Oath of Allegience
Just last month Yadira M., a resident of our Wilkins Avenue Women's Shelter, became a U.S. citizen! She came to the United States 30 years ago from Nicaragua. Yadira and her daughter moved in with her parents to take care of them when her father fell ill. In a short space of time, she lost her entire family. Yadira's daughter moved out, her father passed away, and her mother returned to Nicaragua. Stuggling with depression following this great loss, Yadira found herself homeless and eventually arrived at Wilkins Avenue Women's Shelter.
On her own, Yadira had applied to become a U.S. citizen. Her first night in the shelter, her purse was stolen, along with all her savings, her ID, and the documentation that showed she was ready to be sworn in as a citizen. Working with her case manager, Michelle, Yadira approached the immigration office with a police report and a letter from Interfaith Works asking to reinstate her documents and reschedule her swearing in.
On July 18, 2011 Yadira took the Oath of Allegience and was sworn in as a U.S. citizen! She shared, "I am so happy and proud, and I feel like a huge weight has lifted off my shoulders." Yadira continues to work closely with Michelle on her next goals - she is seeing a therapist to overcome her depression, and is working on increasing her income, with an ultimate goal of finding housing.
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Interfaith Works News September 2011
"Because of Interfaith Works, I have reconnected with my two daughters, and I can be a mom to my six year old son. I was on the edge of death, and Interfaith Works brought me back."
-Brenda, former resident of Wilkins Avenue Women's Shelter
Neighbors Stand Together!
Looking to learn more about Interfaith Works? Join us this September at 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. See our calendar of dates for September, and join us for a quick one-hour tour. Please RSVP to Heather Steed, 301-315-1096.
In The News
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Did You Know?
On average, a Maryland resident must earn $24.76 per hour - the fourth highest figure in the nation - to afford a modest two-bedroom apartment.
Interfaith Works has job openings for individuals who have a strong commitment to our mission of improving the lives of neighbors in need.