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In the Bag

Families at Ritchie Park Elementary School in Rockville got together one evening recently and packed over 200 lunches for our shelter residents. Families gathered at the school for what has become an annual tradition. IW’s Diana Bernhardt, program director of our Wilkins Avenue Women’s Assessment Center, told the families how grateful our residents are for … Continue reading In the Bag

“They are many things, but ‘lazy’ is not one.”

Adam came to the US from Ethiopia in 1981, and worked as a server at the National Gallery of Art cafe for 30 years. He was laid off, struggled financially for months, and finally ended up living in his car. A friend who volunteers for Interfaith Works brought him to us, and he has taken … Continue reading “They are many things, but ‘lazy’ is not one.”

Job Readiness Classes: Now Available in Gaithersburg

  Congratulations to the graduates of the first job readiness class offered in Gaithersburg! The class graduated in December from a condensed four-session job readiness pilot program offered through a partnership with the City of Gaithersburg. For this first class, four students attended four two-hour sessions covering resume and cover letter writing, how to search … Continue reading Job Readiness Classes: Now Available in Gaithersburg

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 … Continue reading Choice Hotels Transforms Wilkins Avenue Women’s Assessment Center

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

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 … Continue reading A New Loan Repayment Option

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 … Continue reading Friends In Action: A Lasting Friendship