Interfaith Works financial aid services.

Community support is available from Interfaith Works. The charity, which is made up on local churches, helps working poor families in Montgomery County with the basic needs. They administer various safety net type solutions that can be turned to when facing homelessness or hunger.

One of the main resources, Congregation and Community Emergency Support, is where most of the financial aid is available from. The was created by the faith based group to be a safety-net program for Montgomery County residents who are in a crisis.

Eligible families can receive interest-free loans or one time grants to pay for everything from rent to medications or utility bills. The money is available through the Hand to Hand and Unmet Needs Programs.

The terms of Interfaith Works includes the loans may be repaid over time, or the beneficiary can do this by participating in community service activities. So volunteer work is allowed as a form of payment.

Another options for financial assistance are grants. These are available to prevent eviction or termination of utility or heating service. Referral forms are available in the CCES or Interfaith Works office. When seeking financial help, any documentation (such as applications) must be completed by a caseworker from the a nonprofit or a congregation. The main intake site for CCES is at 114 W. Montgomery Ave.

Horizon Homes permanent supportive housing complex is for the homeless or recently evicted. The program was created as part of the Housing and Urban Development-funded Hope Housing Project.

This service offers multiple homes that offer accommodations for homeless adults. While participating in the Interfaith Works program, residents are enrolled into case management as they set individualized personal goals. They will then need to work toward achieving greater independence.

Many clients of Horizon Homes are employed or are involved in vocational programs. More than half of the tenants also make the transition to more independent housing in Montgomery County.

Carroll House Men’s Shelter is for males in the county. The service offers various forms of support. It ranges from intensive case management, credit counseling, vocational programming and a range of support services. it will help clients both increase their income and also find a new home to live in.




Outreach is part of Friends in Action. Interfaith Works has gathered a network of people from different faiths to provide caring services as well as mentoring to financially disadvantaged families in the Montgomery County community. Volunteers as well as full time staff are paired with families, and act as mentors by providing support as the families spend a year working on budgeting, parenting, debt reduction, home management and job-search skills.

A shelter for women is the Wilkins Avenue Women’s Assessment Center. Case managers work closely with residents to facilitate recovery and stability. This will include referring them with links to housing, rent deposit programs, medical, mental health, and government run social services.

Community Vision is operated as a day program for the homeless community. This is located in Montgomery County, in the Interfaith Works service area. The service provides outreach, case management, recreational and therapeutic groups, and recovery programs.

Also, the case management team performs full clinical assessments of the client. They also will give them referrals to housing programs, substance abuse treatment, mental health-services and seasonal emergency shelter. Other services include free food, hot  \meals, laundry, showers, and transportation to a job.

The purpose of the Interfaith Works Vocational Services is to prepare clients for joining the workforce. To that end, staff from IW offers skills assessments, computer training, job readiness classes, financial literacy workshops, job placement, and ongoing support. All of this is done to help ensure successful retention of employment.

Montgomery County based vocational counselors are available to work individually with people from the community as they gain and improve skills. They will partner together to find educational opportunities, practice interview techniques, develop resumes and cover letters and secure and maintain jobs.

Referrals and linkage are part of Project INFORM. This was created to serve as a unique initiative that connects working poor residents of Montgomery County with appropriate resources. It can help address their individual needs, whether food, housing, or some other type of support is needed.





The program’s bilingual (English and Spanish speaking) Outreach Coordinator meets with clients of the agency. Anyone can sign up, including those who use Interfaith Clothing Center. The process will allow people to conduct a comprehensive needs assessment in order to gather information. Based on that, the charity will make referrals that best meet the client’s needs., whether it is food, grants, or some other assistance that is needed.

Located in Rockville Maryland, the ICC - Interfaith Clothing Center furnishes household items and free clothing, including winter coats. This aid from the church is offered at no charge to qualifying low-income families. This makes it possible for the families in the community to channel more of their money toward necessities like rent, utilities, food, medicine, and other basic needs.

  • Career Corner from Interfaith gives out work attire. An INFORM Outreach Coordinator also helps the client locate a job.
  • The Welcome Baby Initiative is for new and expectant mothers, including single moms. They will be given full layettes of free diapers, new clothes, linens, and other new baby needs.
  • ICC also runs the School Supplies Drive. Backpacks of supplies and food is given students and teens from low income families.

Interfaith Works as well as Congregation and Community Emergency Support operate from 2 sites. They include 1301 Piccard Dr., Rockville, MD 20850 (call 240-777-4000) as well as Congregation and Community Emergency Support, 114 W. Montgomery Ave., Rockville, Maryland 20850, dial 301-315-1108.



By Jon McNamara

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