Interfaith Social Services offers a multitude of programs for the working poor, among them being one of the region’s largest food banks. Another key service is the HomeSafe program, which can help tenants as well as homeowners access the financial support they need to maintain their housing. The towns supported include Braintree, Cohasset, Hingham, Hull, Milton, Quincy, Randolph, Holbrook, Scituate or Weymouth and a few smaller locations.
A Food Pantry Shelf is one of Norfolk Counties and even the state’s largest food pantries. Interfaith Social Services provides tens of thousands of pounds of groceries, USDA commodities, and other goods to area families who were struggling to put a meal on the table.
A good portion of the food available at the Pantry Shelf is donated by the public. There are items being contributed from caring individuals, houses of worship, social service offices, businesses and other organizations. The Greater Boston Food Bank is another vital source of support for the operation, and they also are able to purchase fresh produce from a local wholesaler.
In addition to the regular food distribution from the shelf, they will also offer several seasonal initiatives for patrons’ children. These include Easter Baskets, Halloween Costumes, Christmas Gifts, Backpacks for school, and so on.
Those in need of food or facing hunger are encouraged to visit the Pantry Shelf to register. The only requirement of the non-profit is that the person brings a current utility bill addressed to the head of household to prove that you reside in a county served by Interfaith Social Services and the Pantry Shelf.
The Interfaith HomeSafe Program keeps hundreds of local families safe at home or their own apartment. It does this by providing financial assistance and homelessness prevention services. Home Safe services including, but are not limited to, free Budget Counseling, Money to pay Overdue Rent and/or Utilities, Information, Referral, and even other forms of grants. The bills paid range from Medical Expenses such as Dental Work to Hearing Aids for seniors.
The fear of being evicted or having electrical or heating service shut off presents a major crisis for most households. Interfaith Social Services offers the financial aid above as well as one-on-one case management services to address the immediate crisis. The staff will then work with the client toward building a more stable financial future. Also, Interfaith can also help struggling families in Norfolk County keep up with utility bills.
New Directions Counseling Center is an Interfaith Social Services partner. The location has been providing residents of the South Shore with compassionate and skilled counseling services. Available resources include counseling for couples, families, individuals, groups, adults, and young people.
The counselors follow a dynamic, holistic approach that is based on mutual respect and individual strengths. For those that qualify for support, services are provided in a comfortable and confidential setting. New Directions accepts most health plans in Massachusetts, and the center also uses a sliding fee scale for clients who do not have coverage. The goal is to ensure that all who need counseling receive appropriate services. Individual, Couples, Family, Group, Adults and Youth, Traditional and Christian.
A clothing bank is available too and is on site. The inability to afford appropriate professional clothing for interviews can create major roadblocks for low-income job seekers that simply perpetuate the cycle of unemployment and even lead to poverty. To assist individuals in this situation, the Interfaith Social Services Career Closet provides free, donated professional attire to individuals who are working to break this cycle.
Numerous Norfolk County area social services and career assistance organizations refer clients to the Career Closet at the center. At this location there are volunteers that work individually with each person to select the most appropriate outfits. They get to select items from a wide selection of gently worn clothing and accessories.
The non-profit is also very grateful to all of the generous donors, and the agency will also urge everyone to donate to help job seekers. They can do this by donating clean, pressed, in-style clothing that is ready to wear and suitable for the workplace. Appropriate items include dresses, blouses, skirts, men’s suits, dress shirts, slacks, polo shirts, ties, shoes, khakis and so on.
Each Clothes Closet client is also provided a gift certificate to use at certain stores or even barber shops / salons. However these are very limited. Personal hygiene also often contributes to their self-esteem and confidence, which is vital for those looking for employment.
More information on programs from Interfaith Social Services are available at 105 Adams St.. The office is in Quincy, Massachusetts, 02169, and the phone number is 617-773-6203.
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