About us

Who is Interfaith Emergency Services?

In 1983, the religious pastoral community in Marion County saw a need to provide emergency assistance to individuals and families in crisis. With a minimal group of workers, Interfaith Emergency Services was given birth. For more than two decades, Interfaith has continued to serve the people of Marion County with sincere Christian love and caring devotion.

Interfaith is governed by a Board of Directors with representatives from clergy, social services, business and other community leaders, who volunteer their expertise and leadership to obtain our goal of offering assistance and comfort to those who have fallen between the cracks of the social service system. Our staff is comprised of an Executive Director who oversees every day operation. Our director is also among many other essential persons that play a vital role in the smooth operation of our organization. The majority of services are provided by our ever growing amount of dedicated volunteers. Interfaith has multiple locations and outreach centers.

Who Do We Help?

Interfaith Emergency Services provides a full range of services and assistance for residents of Marion County. We serve individuals and families in need. Clients are referred to Interfaith by churches, synagogues, and public services agencies. We provide the basic needs such as food, clothing, shelter, and much more to enhance the quality of life for families and individuals. In 2013, Interfaith Emergency Services through outreach and services touched the lives of more than 30,000 people in Marion County.  Interfaith does not discriminate against race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age or disabilities in hiring practices or provision of services.

Mission statement:

Interfaith Emergency Services is a community of faith called by God to offer emergency assistance without judgment to all persons in Marion County.

Core Values:

Hope.  We know that for many of our clients, we are their last and sometimes only hope in a crisis. Acknowledging that responsibility keeps us focused on doing our best to fulfill their needs.

Community. Knowing that we serve the community we live in, strengthens our resolve to help our neighbor through extending God's love to others.

Prayer.  We use prayer daily, both individually and corporately as a means through which we can communicate our needs to God so we can be the most effective in reaching out to others.

Volunteerism.  Without our dedicated volunteers, we could not do what we do. We believe in supporting our volunteers so that their time is spent in a worthwhile endeavor helping those in their community.