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Clergy representing many faiths took part in our annual congregations meeting Nov. 17.

Where Would We Be?

In this time of gratitude, we are giving particular thanks for the many congregations who provide us with passionate volunteers and unflagging support. Our annual congregations meeting on Nov. 17 was a huge source of inspiration. I was inspired looking around to see the diversity represented in the room. It was emblematic of what Interfaith Works is all about: we come from varied backgrounds but are united in the fundamental belief that we need to take care of each other, especially when times are tough.

As I asked that evening, where would we be without you? Our residents would be deprived of nourishing food and warm, caring company; our new Interfaith Clothing Center facility wouldn't be about to open (stay tuned for an announcement!); our vocational services program would be without key volunteers who build the confidence and skills of men and women re-launching themselves in a competitive job market. Together with you, Interfaith Works will be able help more families and individuals regain a sense of hope and realize their full potential. Thank goodness you are there!

Wishing you and your family the hope, joy and peace of this season.

Shane Rock, CEO


PS: Check out photos from the Nov. 17 meeting here.

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'Tis the Season


Make your mark on the Montgomery County community this holiday season by supporting Interfaith Works as we strive to help our neighbors lift themselves out of poverty through prevention, stabilization and empowerment services.

Here are some options:
  • Invest in Interfaith Works by making a financial donation here
  • Giving Tuesday is Nov. 29 and it's a great day to give, whether it is your time, your voice or your financial contribution. Giving Tuesday is a global movement to shift the focus from buying to giving during the holiday season. Go to our DONATE page on Nov. 29 to take part.
  • Support our exciting program moves to expanded new facilities later this year, including new residential space for our female residents. Consult our wishlist to support our preparation and furnishing of the new spaces so we can provide a welcoming environment to those we serve.
  • Hold a drive for new or very gently used coats and cold-weather gear to benefit those we serve; please deliver donations to the Interfaith Clothing Center, 751 Twinbrook Pkwy., Rockville, OR bring coats to Strathmore Music Center during business hours or prior to an event. Through Dec. 23, Strathmore will provide a $10 voucher good on future events for each new or gently used coat donated. Learn more here. Big thanks to Strathmore for this partnership!

Coming Attractions

We have two exciting events coming up. We hope to see you!


Saturday, Dec. 10, at 10:30am: Ribbon-cutting at the new Progress Place in Silver Spring. This brand-new facility, located at 8106 Georgia Ave. in downtown Silver Spring, will be the new home to services now provided at the Community Vision facility to assist men and women experiencing homelessness, including access to showers and laundry, case management, vocational services and safe overnight shelter in weather extremes.

Tuesday, Dec. 13, 6:30-8pm: Open House at our new women's shelter, 2 Taft Court in Rockville, off Gude Drive. We welcome all volunteers and others interested in getting a close look at this beautiful new space. The facility will enable our residents to get medical and mental health care right on site, along with vocational services. The open house will include tours and remarks by key Interfaith Works staff about the program. RSVP here.

Homeless Resource Day


Hundreds of Montgomery County residents headed to the annual Homeless Resource Day at Bohrer Park in Gaithersburg to get access to a wide array of free services, including health screenings, vocational services information and free winter coats provided by generous donors through Interfaith Works. This year's resource day was renamed the Nadim Khan Homeless Resource Day to honor the memory of Mr. Khan, who had a long, distinguished career with the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services.

Conversation Starter


Students in an exciting joint venture between Interfaith Works and Community Ministries of Rockville are learning the nuances of conversational English. That means understanding when “It was a pleasure to see you” is the appropriate way to bid farewell rather than saying, “Bye!”

The class is hosted at the Interfaith Works Clothing Center site in Rockville, a first step in a wider effort to expand programming for families who shop for free at the center. The class series is taught by Rebeca Perez and Cecilia Rojas of the Community Ministries of Rockville (CMR) Language Outreach Program, with financial support from Montgomery Coalition for Adult English Literacy (MCAEL). The class meets twice a week, with CMR providing child care on site. 

This collaboration is one of several partnerships Interfaith Works is forging to provide an array of expanded program opportunities and specialized services to those we serve with the convenience of a single location. Stay tuned!
Interfaith Works in the News

The latest issue of Bethesda magazine highlights an Interfaith Works success story. Rich, shown at left, arrived at Carroll House determined to end his cycle of on-again, off-again homelessness.

Rich, who is now living on his own and is enrolled in a job-training program, said: “I can definitely say that Carroll House and the people who were there at the time were critical to my recovery and the success I have at this time.” 

Click on the image to read the full story.
 
Gratitude Corner
We are grateful to so many of you for your generous service and donations! Special thanks to:


Pepco Community Foundation, which provided a significant donation from its annual golf and tennis tournament to ensure families in crisis can pay their utility bills, working with our Hand to Hand safety net program



Knitters at Neelsville Presbyterian Church, led by Marilyn Splete (at right), continued its annual tradition of providing hand-knitted hats and scarves to all residents of our women's shelter along with beautiful baby blankets; and


To ALL of you who contributed to our Thanksgiving baskets and bags filled with goodies. There were many smiles this week as we distributed your donations to families in need, so thank you for sharing to help others feel the warmth of the holiday season!





 
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In Memoriam
Interfaith Works lost a dear friend earlier this month. Bob Milner was the founder and leader of the Stouthearted Men, which is affiliated with Montgomery County Church of Christ. Bob and his group have been devoted volunteers at our Carroll House men's shelter for many years, providing food, bedding, fellowship and anything else residents needed. We are grateful to the Milner family, which has requested that contributions honoring Bob's memory be directed to Carroll House. We will miss him.
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