About Interfaith Works

Interfaith Works, founded in 1972, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit agency and a non-sectarian interfaith coalition of more than 165 affiliated congregations of diverse faiths, working together to meet the needs of the poor and homeless in Montgomery County, Md. Our programs shelter, clothe, and feed our neighbors in need and provide supportive services with the goal of helping them achieve self-sufficiency. With a clinical focus, we go beyond addressing basic needs. Our trained, professional staff works with individuals and families in crisis to focus on finding pathways to stability and security, so they can lift themselves from poverty.

Our mission is to pursue social justice with an emphasis on identifying and meeting the needs of the poor by leading and engaging Montgomery County’s faith communities in service, education, and advocacy.

Our Montgomery County neighbors face incredible challenges. Interfaith Works is meeting those challenges.

Every day, hundreds of people in our community turn to Interfaith Works for help. Whether for the first time or after a long and hard struggle with the challenges that poverty and homelessness can bring, they look to us for hope. They dream of a better life.

With your help, Interfaith Works offers each person a chance for that dream to become a reality. Our commitment is unparalleled as we work to change each life we touch in immeasurable ways.

From prevention to emergency shelter to permanent supportive housing, Interfaith Works helps people in crisis lift themselves out of poverty, changing lives for a better today and tomorrow.

Interfaith Works is the only organization providing services across the housing continuum of care in Montgomery County. Each year, thanks to you and other generous partners, Interfaith Works impacts 20,000 lives.

Did you know?

No other county in the Washington region, including the District of Columbia, experienced increases in poverty of the same magnitude during the late 2000s.

yellow-house-icon1,100 people in Montgomery County are homeless on any given day, including 318 children.

free-lunches-iconMore than one-third of students in public schools qualify for free and reduced-price meals.

statsBetween 2005 and 2015, childhood poverty has more than doubled in Montgomery County.

1 adult with 2 children must earn $77,933 a year to make ends meet, according to the county’s self-sufficiency standard.


1 in 7 adults has limited English proficiency and approximately 58,000 adults lack high school diplomas.


Interfaith Works stays with people every step of the way.

Interfaith Works (IW) was established in 1972 to help vulnerable residents in Montgomery County facing homelessness and poverty. We partner with those who also are committed to helping our struggling neighbors, including 5,200 compassionate and devoted volunteers, individual donors, 165 diverse faith communities, other social service agencies, foundations, corporations, and government agencies.

As experts in providing services to people who are homeless or in danger of becoming homeless, our professional, trained staff members provide individuals and families with resources and tools specific to their needs, empowering them to take responsibility and move from crisis to stability.

Interfaith Works goes beyond meeting basic needs.

A CLINICAL FOCUS, not just caring people but qualified, licensed staff.

PROGRAMS FOR CHANGE, not just shelters for the homeless. Individuals are held accountable and are expected to participate in our life-changing programs.

CASE MANAGEMENT, not just housing. Our programs meet basic needs while supporting one’s growth with individualized action plans.

A HAND UP, not just a handout. Our team collaborates with clients and connects them to critical resources, including Interfaith Works’ own Vocational Services program.

To learn more about Interfaith Works and what we do, watch our videos below.