From the CEO: A New Day, A New Home

In early January 2017, the new Interfaith Works Women’s Center at 2 Taft Court in Rockville opened for business.

This was an important day in the lives of the women we serve. The night before, the IW residents left the old Wilkins Avenue shelter on a bus bound for the new site. Upon arriving, Interfaith Works staff greeted them in the parking lot, shouting, “Welcome to your new home!” Many of the women responded with cheers of joy. Staff and volunteers had worked tirelessly assembling beds, moving furniture and lockers, and making sure that the shelter was ready and welcoming.

This is so much more than just a move. It is a new beginning.

The new Interfaith Works Women’s Center is a spacious, modern facility that will give residents easy access to timely, life-changing programs, including IW case management and vocational services programs, along with on-site dental, medical and behavioral health services, thanks to partnerships with Cornerstone Montgomery and CCI Health & Wellness. IW Women’s Center residents will not have to leave the building to get what they need. This is a far cry from their only option being taking two or even three buses to access vital services.

Our new facilities, including the new Interfaith Works Empowerment Center in Silver Spring and the expanded Interfaith Clothing Center, are examples of IW’s efforts to provide multiple, crucial services at a single location to help those we serve lift themselves out of poverty.

We thank you, our supporters, for making it possible to serve our clients with the dignity and respect they so richly deserve.

Take a look at some of the media coverage of the Taft Court opening here. We look forward to working with you in 2017.

Shane Rock, CEO

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