We empower families in crisis to break the cycle of poverty.
You can’t build a life on unstable ground. That is why our first step is to stabilize homeless families in one of the 25 fully-furnished apartments that we own debt-free. Next, we build self-worth by helping parents identify a purpose that will help them to go from “working to live” to “loving their work.” Finally, we provide families with new skills via counseling, training, and job search support to help them land a career with a livable wage while also providing the financial coaching needed to make the most of their new income.
Simultaneously, children are stabilized by daily participation in our structured and nurturing Hope & Horizons Children & Teens Program. We build our children’s self-worth through affirmation, artistic expression, and activities that encourage them to dream. Then, we equip them with the skills to successfully pursue those dreams by providing tutoring to overcome academic gaps as well as play therapy and group counseling to ensure they develop the discipline and self-esteem necessary to succeed in and out of the classroom.
This holistic combination of services produces results that elevate entire families out of poverty as indicated by our FY2015 results.
- 100% of FY2015 graduates remained employed and in housing one year later
- 95% of FY2014 graduates remain employed and in housing two years later.
- 86% of all graduates live without the aid of housing subsidies saving Dallas tax payers approximately $8 million dollars per graduating class.
OUR FAITH AND VALUES
Interfaith was founded by a coalition of Christian churches in 1985. The name “Interfaith,” in our case, reflects the fact that various denominations of Christian churches have come together to support our agency. Our faith in Christ is the foundation of the work we do to stabilize families and equip them with the tools needed to have a high quality of life. We are driven to help our residents realize their full potential based on our belief in John 10:10—“I have come that they might have life and that they might have it more abundantly.” Our values also reflect our faith in God.
There are no religious requirements for families participating in Interfaith’s programs. We warmly welcome families of any faith or no faith at all. We do not require participation in religious services or Bible studies. However, we do provide optional Christian activities such as prayer in our chapel, devotional time during job search, and referrals to places of worship.
We believe that faith is most powerful when displayed through our actions. Our commitment to serving our families is based on the scriptures found in James 2:15-16 which reads, “Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, ‘Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,’ but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it?”
Motivated by Christ’s love for us and His restorative work in our lives, Interfaith lovingly provides the housing, support services, and accountability our families need to transform their lives. We strive to demonstrate the love of God in a manner that will create a real desire to know the God we serve. When it does, we openly and gladly share our faith.
Volunteers, particularly from our partner churches, are encouraged to share their faith when appropriate. Volunteers work very closely with our families as mentors, tutors, and event coordinators. It is natural for volunteers to want to share their testimony to provide a reference point for residents to garner strength and hope for the future.