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Shelter Program – Interfaith Emergency Services
Sheltering Homeless in Marion County

The Interfaith Emergency Shelter provides for single women, women with children and families that are experiencing homelessness. In the womens shelter, the ladies share bedroom and bathroom facilities. Living area, kitchen and laundry rooms provide common areas. Residents are required to do daily chores and attend devotions Monday through Friday each morning with the staff. Residents spend their days seeking jobs, job training, working or volunteering.

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In the family shelter, married couples with children have a room and bathroom to themselves, and share a common kitchen area. Also on property is the Learning Center, where residents attend bible study, parenting, budgeting and other life-skill classes.

Interfaith Emergency Services - Shelter Program

A Case Manager meets with residents each week to determine their needs and barriers so that we can better equip them for a brighter future, as well as providing referrals for services offered in the community.  Our goal, is to provide a safe, comfortable haven for the residents so they have an opportunity to save money and get back on their feet as soon as possible. Interfaith provides food, hygiene and clothing as needed to each resident. Dinner is provided by local churches and organizations each night, that include a time of fellowship and sharing. Residents that are wanting to take their GED can sign up for one-on-one training with volunteers that help them study for their test.

Interfaith Emergency Services - Shelter Program

Special rooms are also available for pregnant moms. Being homeless is especially scary for a mom without a place to go.

Our Elizabeth House section provides a safe sanctuary for the mom-to-be as she prepares for the birth of her child. Each room includes all the necessary amenities for mom and the new baby. Once the child is born, and mom is gainfully employed, the next goal is to obtain permanent housing. If adoption is chosen, Interfaith partners with the Choose Life Program for assistance.

Interfaith Emergency Services - Shelter Program

Our shelter is often blessed by local groups that adopt a shelter room – making it a beautiful oasis for our residents that call it home.

Our shelter has 12 bedrooms with 36 beds in addition to common areas for the residents. Interfaith partners with the community to keep our shelter nice. Local groups redecorate rooms when the need arises. Donations of new twin sheets and towels are always welcome.

For more information about the shelter program, contact Jessica or call her at (352) 629-8868 x201.

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