Interfaith Neighbors, Inc.

Our mission, as stated in our bylaws, is to "provide rental subsidy to underprivileged persons; to provide meals either in a congregate setting or delivered to the homes of people who are either elderly poor (senior citizens), infirm, seriously ill or impoverished; to undertake construction, rehabilitation and operation of houses, shelters, homesteads, and other facilities for underprivileged and homeless persons with low incomes and generally to support the needs of underprivileged persons."

Interfaith Neighbors, Inc.
810 Fourth Avenue
Asbury Park, NJ 07712
United States
(732) 775-0525
http://www.interfaithneighbors.org

Executive Director

Joseph J. Marmora

Management Team

Sandi Silber, Paul McEvily, Nancy Flanigan, Meg Flores, Patrick Durkin, Joseph J. Marmora, Paul McEvily, Patrick Durkin, Nancy Flanigan, Sandi Silber, Meg Flores

Board of Directors

Sandi Silber, Sally Priesand, Lila Singer, Joseph Marmora, Robert Kaeding, Paul McEvily, Pam Saunders, Phil Siciliano, Thomas Pivinski, Bruce Hoffman, Roger Boyce, Vincent Petruziello, Nancy Flanigan, Meg Flores, Patrick Durkin, Gwendolyn Love, Joseph J. Marmora, Paul McEvily, Patrick Durkin, Nancy Flanigan, Sandi Silber, Meg Flores

Project Leaders

Joseph Marmora

Mission

Our mission, as stated in our bylaws, is to "provide rental subsidy to underprivileged persons; to provide meals either in a congregate setting or delivered to the homes of people who are either elderly poor (senior citizens), infirm, seriously ill or impoverished; to undertake construction, rehabilitation and operation of houses, shelters, homesteads, and other facilities for underprivileged and homeless persons with low incomes and generally to support the needs of underprivileged persons."

Programs

Interfaith Neighbors (IFN) was founded in 1988 through a coalition of churches and synagogues charged with the task of addressing homelessness in Monmouth County. As the need for assistance became more evident, Interfaith Neighbors concentrated its efforts on helping working poor families by providing rent subsidies to help them avoid delinquency, foreclosure, or eviction. Support ranges from one-time rental payments to ongoing monthly subsidies paid directly to landlords. In 2010, over 225 families were assisted which is equivalent to well over 700 people that received the support to remain in their homes and not become homeless. In 1991, Interfaith Neighbors began feeding the elderly through the Meals on Wheels program. Nearly 4,000 seniors throughout Monmouth County receive meals through this program each year. The Meals on Wheels program now provides 400,000 nutritious meals each year to the elderly and disabled of Monmouth County. Over 600 volunteers provide nearly 70,000 hours of service serving and delivering meals each year. In 1993, Interfaith Neighbors acquired and rehabilitated a two family home in Long Branch; ownership of this home was retained by IFN for use as a transitional housing facility. Working with our rental assistance clients, we identify families that want to move from renting to homeownership via our "Rent-to-Own" program. Typically, families entering the program sign a one year lease and pay a monthly rental fee of $1000 that is below market rate for the unit. Out of that rental payment, Interfaith Neighbors pays the utilities and general upkeep for the unit and escrows $500 per month to be used toward the purchase of a home by the participant family. At the end of the one year lease period, the family will have accumulated $6,000 toward a down payment for the purchase of a home of their own. Since 1994, thirteen families have participated in the program, eight of which are now homeowners, and all have significantly improved their standard of living. In 1996, we began renovating abandoned houses and building new affordable homes in Asbury Park and Neptune Township, thus taking vacant lots from the municipalities and turning them into affordable homes for first-time, low income home owners and putting these properties back on the municipality's tax rolls. IFN continues to work with both Asbury Park and Neptune to revitalize distressed neighborhoods within both communities. In January, 2005, IFN was accepted into the Housing Advocacy Program by the State of NJ, Office of Housing Advocacy. Only a select few non-profit organizations enjoy this designation. In September of 2006, IFN had a plan approved by the NJ Department of Community Affairs (DCA) under the Neighborhood Revitalization Tax Credit Program (NRTC) to revitalize the West Side of Asbury Park. Our West Side Neighborhood Revitalization Program is a ten-year plan designed to benefit the West Side neighborhood of Asbury Park. The NRTC project seeks to support the existing community by revitalizing housing, social programs, encouraging business growth and helping to build a strong community. In 2007, Interfaith Neighbors took over responsibility for the Monmouth County Chapter of the NJ Youth Corps located in Asbury Park. Working with the NJ Department of Labor, Interfaith Neighbors administers this program assisting young people who have failed to complete high school. Through a combination of academic and community service activities, this program provides these young people with the opportunity to acquire job training and life skills and in many cases, earn their GED. The Youth Corps program rounds out the services that Interfaith Neighbors is able to provide to those in need in our communities, now ranging from rental assistance to nutrition, from young people to senior citizens. In 2011, IFN introduced our new Business Development Center, a multi-year initiative designed to promote economic development, expand business opportunity and create jobs on the West Side of Asbury Park and surrounding area. This program is designed to result in job creation, new business formation, neighborhood revitalization, economic diversification, community development, and will empower women, minorities, and low-income individuals. Interfaith Neighbors provides business acceleration and mentoring to prospective entrepreneurs, operates a Business and Career Academy providing training for local entrepreneurs, and has established an Advisory Board of business community leaders. Our latest program, The Kula Cafe will offer a paid training site and workplace for young adults facing significant barriers to employment but who have the desire and willingness to create change in their lives. The Kula Cafe training program will work with participants to address obstacles to employment with patience, planning and experience in a manner that a traditional training program may not be in a position to offer - through an extended program time, hands on experience offered in a supportive setting, daily community and neighborhood participation in polishing skills and attitudes, experienced staff dedicated to participant success as a primary goal, and predetermined matching of training to local job opportunities and needs.

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Financial Statistics

  • Annual Budget for 2011: $3,293,082
  • Maximum Annual Budget: $4,047,223
  • Other funding sources: Individual donors, foundations and corporations, religious organizations, community contributions of labor/ gifts.
  • Religious Affiliation: None
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