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Being There


We were honored and humbled to receive a Community Hero Award in recognition of our work with the survivors of the tragic Silver Spring apartment building explosion.

The award was presented by County Council President Nancy Floreen and County Executive Isiah Leggett at the New Americans Expo October 23. Our staff members, particularly Family Services Director Monica Barberis-Young and Congregation & Community Emergency Support Director Dr. Rosetta Robinson, deserve great credit for their heroic efforts to ensure affected families are getting the help they need.

And so do you. The outpouring of generous donations to our Interfaith Works Clothing Center was overwhelming. Now, as the families try to move forward, we are committed to continuing to be there for them as their needs evolve, in collaboration with our many partners and with you.

In this season to give thanks, we are grateful to live in a community that springs into action when our neighbors are in crisis.


Shane Rock

CEO


P.S:  As we move into the holiday season, please consider supporting our expanding programs. Take a look at "Holiday Giving" below. Thank you!

Holiday Giving
Make your mark on the Montgomery County community this holiday season by supporting Interfaith Works as we strive to reduce poverty through prevention, stabilization and empowerment services:
  1. Invest in Interfaith Works by making a financial donation here.
  2. Support our exciting program moves to expanded new facilities later this year, including new residential space for our female residents. Consult our wishlist to find options to support our preparation and furnishing of the new spaces so we can provide a welcoming environment to those we serve.
  3. 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 Works Clothing Center, 751 Twinbrook Pkwy., Rockville.
Annual Congregations Meeting

Join Us On Nov. 17


Please join us for our annual congregations meeting to learn more about Interfaith Works and explore ways to collaborate as we work together to make Montgomery County the lowest poverty rate county in Maryland.
 
WHERE: St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church
11701 Clopper Rd., Gaithersburg 
WHEN: Thursday, Nov. 17, 7-9pm
RSVP by Nov. 14 HERE
All are welcome! Please spread the word in your faith community.

We will provide a light dinner that includes pizza and beverages.
Download a flyer about the event HERE
For more information, contact Sheila Ford, sford@iworksmc.org, 301.708.1620.
Road Tested 
Our inaugural Make Your Mark 5K/1K Run/Walk was a big success, with over 150 runners and walkers who braved a blustery day to enjoy the beauty of Rock Creek Trail and support our work. Thank you to our sponsors, participants, volunteers and race committee, led by Dr. Cheryl Lee-Pow (that's her in the T-Rex costume in photo at right and yes, she DID run the race in full costume!) for supporting the event. Race results are here. See how much fun we had -- take a look at our photo album.
Graduation Day
Volunteer Cynthia Boddie-Willis with job-readiness graduate"I got something from everybody," said Janet, one of six new graduates of Interfaith Works' job-readiness series of classes.The class series is offered year-round at multiple Interfaith Works' program locations to help prepare under- and unemployed people for new or better jobs.

This series was co-taught by Interfaith Works volunteers Connie Heller and Cynthia Boddie-Willis (at right), retired professionals with extensive private sector and governmental managerial experience who donate their time to the Interfaith Works' Vocational Services Program.
"It's definitely motivational to be learning from
someone who has gotten there," said one student. 

Ms. Boddie-Willis noted that insights about dealing with workplace challenges were provided by both instructors AND students. "They now understand they have resources in each other," she said. There was "a comforting camaraderie," said one student.

You can find more information about the Interfaith Works' Vocational Services Program and job-readiness classes here.
Interfaith Works
By The Numbers

11
Families

escaped eviction in the past quarter (July-September) thanks to our Hand to Hand emergency assistance program


113
Men and Women

are working with our Vocational Services Program to hone their skills and find improved job opportunities

 

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