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."
Jan 27, 2014

Our busiest year yet

2013 has come to a close, and it will remain in our memories as a transformative year. We saw the retirement of Nancy Flanigan, our Director of Rental Assistance for the past 24 years, and we welcomed Maura Comer as she has gracefully stepped into this position. It is humbling to report that even during this transition, we served more families than ever before in our 25 year history. More than 300 families received assistance from Interfaith Neighbors this year. This is not a number we report to you with pride, but with a sober acknowledgement of the harsh reality faced by working poor families in Monmouth County. 

In addition to our regular services, Interfaith Neighbors received a grant from the County of Monmouth to assist victims of Hurricane Sandy. The purpose of this grant was to help those impacted by the storm with rental and mortgage assistance and to help replace personal property. In just two months, Interfaith Neighbors provided assistance to over 65 families. Many of these families were facing extreme financial distress, having to pay for both a mortgage and rent while their primary residence was being repaired. Many of these families lost all of their worldly posessions. And many have faced the challenges of rebuilding not just their homes, but their lives. We are grateful to have been able to assist these families in their time of need.

With the start of a new year, we continue to help meet the challenges faced by our clients. We have begun to receive requests for assistance from those who have had unemployment benefits cut, which often just barely helped our clients keep their head above water. The vast economic challenges of recent years have not been alleviated for the lowest income families, who still continue to struggle to make ends meet.

There is much work to be done, but we can't do it without your help. Please consider making a donation to help those who are most in need. Remember, 97 cents out of every donated dollar goes directly to help those we serve. 

Thank you for your support!

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Oct 8, 2013

The need is greater than ever!

Interfaith Neighbors has helped over 200 families in 2013. Many of these families have come to us because of the devastation they have faced as a result of Hurricane Sandy. However, we continue to serve working poor families throughout Monmouth County who are on the brink of homelessness. 

Interfaith Neighbors recently helped a father who was diagnosed with a degenerative eye condition that has left him legally blind. He had to leave his job as a result. During the same time, he and his wife were asked to raise his infant nephew. The wife had to miss time from work to care for both her husband and the baby and fell behind with their rent. They also have a twelve year old daughter. The family was granted help with their back rent and avoided eviction and homelessness. They are most grateful for the assistance.

Interfaith also assisted a family in crisis because their young daughter  became ill and they had no medical insurance. They were granted rental assistance to avoid eviction and homelessness. The father now has a new job that provides medical coverage for the family.

These are just a few examples of struggling families who need just a little boost to help them stay in their homes and avoid homelessness. We serve hundreds of families just like this each year, and your help means so much when these families become financially stable and are able to put the crisis behind them. Please continue to support Interfaith Neighbors and the people we serve. From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you!

Jul 22, 2013

Support for Sandy Victims

Shortly after Hurricane Sandy hit our area, Interfaith Neighbors established a Sandy Relief Fund for victims and their families. Although many of the families affected would be eligible for reimbursement from thier insurance companies and FEMA, many others were not so lucky, especially low-income families or renters who may not have had insurance. Many hourly workers lost wages as a result of the storm, with businesses closed for up to two weeks or more, and with travel remaining treacherous. Interfaith Neighbors was there in the immediate aftermath, and will continue to be there for many months to come as families slowly rebuild their homes and their lives.

One family came to us in desperate need of assistance. A husband and wife with five children were living in an apartment infested with mold as a result of the storm. They were able to find a new home and Interfaith Neighbors assisted them with the security deposit. The family is now healthy and well, and they are most grateful for the assistance.

We continue to hear stories like this every day, and we will support our communities as we all continue to recover from the storm.

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