Faith’s Role at Interfaith
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.
Faith & Our Families
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.
Sharing Our Faith
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.
Faith & Our Volunteers
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.