Thousands of Interfaith Outreach supporters have helped individuals in our community find hope. You have the power to change the odds for families and kids, too. We all do.
Caring for Kids (CfK) helps approximately 183 children and their families each year as they develop the skills they need to succeed in school and life. 240 community members attended the 2019 Caring for Kids Fundraising Breakfast where Raquel was kind enough to share her Great Expectations/Caring for Kids story.
Nicole’s rent was high. Everything was expensive – things were tight. She used the Interfaith Outreach Food Shelf, the Holiday Gift Program at Christmas time, the Back-to-School program, and occasionally, financial help to pay the rent. Interfaith Family Support staff helped her think about bigger changes and opportunities to increase her stability. But a car accident, the high cost of child care and other circumstances derailed her progress.
She got into Project Success – our rigorous, two-year transitional housing and career development program – with the goal of pursuing a college degree and a career in education. She says that once she had stable housing, a support network and a plan, her hope for a better future grew.
Today, Nicole has a master’s degree in educational leadership and works as a student services coordinator. “I love my work,” she says. “I’m passionate about the power of education because I know the difference it has made for me and is also making for my daughter.” Kayla, who was supported with child care assistance, our Homework Club and summer camp program over the years, will graduate from high school next spring and plans to go to college.
Nicole tells us, “If I had the opportunity to talk with someone in the position I once found myself in, I would say to them, ‘Know that your current situation is not your final destination … Look for positive community connections and build a support system. Work really hard, and be patient, because it’s happened. It’s happening right now.”
Olive, a wonderful mom who has used our services says, “Interfaith Outreach has been my backup and my resource toolbox to help me and my family through the hard times. While my daughter and son were in youth programs, I worked on finding a job, securing affordable housing and creating a personal action plan. Today, I am finishing a degree and starting a career as a registered nurse. Interfaith Outreach helped put a spark in my kids’ eyes. I am truly thankful for discovering and utilizing the programs Interfaith Outreach offers!”
“Good morning,” volunteers offer a smile as guests walk in, “How are you today?” Program participants experience the energy of radical hospitality as the kindness of Interfaith Outreach volunteers welcome them every day. Julie Faxvog, one of the front desk smiling faces, recalls, “One time there was an older Vietnam veteran with a physical disability. Then, right after him, a young man who was also in the military walked in. While they waited in the food shelf line, they connected and a healing conversation happened. That is the magic of Interfaith Outreach. It is all about the relationships.”