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Choice Hotels Transforms Wilkins Avenue Women’s Assessment Center

More than 80 volunteers from Choice Hotels transformed our Wilkins Avenue Women's Assessment Center in Rockville last month through an amazing array of projects. The full day of service was facilitated by Rebuilding Together, a nonprofit that connects corporate volunteers with worthy projects.   Choice replaced the mattresses and bedding on all 65 beds at [...]

By |December 6th, 2013|Volunteer|0 Comments

“Was it hard for you to gain my trust?”

Linda is a single 50-year-old female who has been homeless before, though she describes her homelessness as "a lifestyle choice." When Linda came to Wilkins Avenue Women's Assessment Center, she did not have health insurance nor did she receive other public assistance. She was resistant and guarded, exuded hostility towards her case manager, and did [...]

By |October 28th, 2013|Helping Hand|0 Comments

Please Help Me

Almost two years ago, Jessica was dropped off at the shelter by her father. With a concerned voice, he said to me, "Please help me, I can't do it anymore." He gave us her medications and walked away. Jessica looked at me with a blank stare, she was barefoot, had messy hair, and a dirty [...]

By |October 28th, 2013|Helping Hand|0 Comments

A New Loan Repayment Option

For over 10 years, Hand to Hand Project Safety Net has provided small loans to county residents in danger of being evicted with small (long-term, interest-free) loans to pay overdue or first month's rent. Since 60 percent of the heads of households in the program are unemployed, we are always searching for alternative, non-cash opportunities [...]

By |October 28th, 2013|Helping Hand|0 Comments

Friends In Action: A Lasting Friendship

Almost 20 years ago, our church decided to mentor a family through Community Ministry of Montgomery County (now known as Interfaith Works). It became one of the most inspiring times of my life. Mary was a single parent needing support as she worked, went to college, and mothered a fourth-grader with learning disabilities. Five of [...]

By |October 14th, 2013|Volunteer|0 Comments

On Her Way

Bea came to Community Vision in an anxious state. Although she signed up for case management her second day here, she was extremely reluctant to share anything of her story or work on a service plan that would help us help her. She was clearly struggling with the environment here, and sleeping here was difficult [...]

By |October 14th, 2013|Helping Hand|0 Comments

A New Year, A New Grandson

My passion for helping started in 2000 when I was diagnosed with leukemia and was told I had four or five years to live. I decided I would make every day count because each day I had was a gift. It has been 13 years now and I am doing very well. On July 28, [...]

By |September 30th, 2013|Volunteer|0 Comments

Getting Connected through Project INFORM

Before coming to Interfaith Works, Marisol, an immigrant from El Salvador with no money to pay for a bus ride, talked with St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church in Gaithersburg about her distressful financial crisis. Marisol had been searching for a job for a long time but, like many of our immigrant neighbors, needed guidance [...]

By |September 30th, 2013|Helping Hand|0 Comments

Meet Extend Yoga

Program: Wilkins Avenue Women's Assessment Center Volunteer since: January 2012 What is your favorite thing about volunteering?  "Even for an hour a week, we know that we are helping provide a safe, comfortable environment where participants can move, stretch, and get exercise for not only their bodies, but minds as well. It's always fun to [...]

By |July 15th, 2013|Volunteer|0 Comments

Meet Dean and Dorothy Hearn

When it comes to the volunteer contributions of Dean and Dorothy Hearn, it might be easier to list what they haven't done (yet) for Interfaith Works, because they have done so much: making meals for our shelter, supporting database needs at our Interfaith Clothing Center, singing in our Hope Choir, and more. But at the [...]

By |July 15th, 2013|Volunteer|0 Comments
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