Interfaith Emergency Services was created in 1983 by the local religious pastoral community who saw a need in Marion County to provide emergency assistance to individuals and families in crisis. With a minimal amount of staff and volunteers, Interfaith reached out in the community to extend love to their neighbor. Over 2 decades later, with the support of local churches, businesses, organizations and individuals, Interfaith continues to bring hope to those in need.
Interfaith prides itself on being 100% donation based and receives no government funding for day to day operations. From those donations, 93 cents of every dollar goes back to the community. Another vital key to our success is volunteerism. Without those that give tirelessly of their time, Interfaith could not provide the assistance that it does.
During 2011, Interfaith touched the lives of more than 15,000 households in Marion County, providing food, clothing, hygiene and other services. As needs increase during a difficult economy, the demand for services continues to expand. Many clients can receive assistance for items such as emergency prescriptions, picture identification cards, work boots, and reading glasses. In our pursuit to help the homeless in Marion County, a shelter was created to house single women, women with children and families. Residents receive help with services that we normally provide, and get assistance so that they can transition back into society and a normal life.
For more information about what we do and who we help, we welcome you to take a tour of our facilities. Please call our office at 352.629.8868 or stop by and ask for our Executive Director, Karla Grimsley, who will be happy to answer any questions.