Spoken by Abraham Lincoln more than 140 years ago, those simple words eloquently convey a timeless truth. Homeownership and housing are essential to the strength and vitality of a nation; their value is virtually immeasurable.
Homeownership is the cornerstone of family security, stability and prosperity. It strengthens communities, encourages civic responsibility and provides a solid foundation from which Americans can work to support their families, enhance their communities and achieve their personal goals.
At Interfaith we not only help meet immediate housing needs, but empower people to move past their current circumstance to a life of independence and financial self-sufficiency.
Candice isn't quite sure what happened the day she was found lying on the ground at work. She had a bad fall and was out for some time before anyone found her. It was in that moment in 2014, while working as a CMA, that everything changed.
Did you know that it is possible to get a tax benefit from charitable contributions even if you don't itemize deductions? In 2015, qualified charitable distributions (QCDs) from individual retirement accounts (IRAs) were made a permanent pert of the tax law. This means that taxpayers 70 1/2 and older may donate all or part of their required minimum distribution to a qualified charity and not include it in their taxable income. The distribution needs to be made directly from the IRA to the charity.
When Mary came to us, she was having issues with accessibility in her home. Living on her own in her mid-eighties, she was no longer able to step in and out of the bathtub in her modest home in Southwest Bricktown. Luckily, living just down the street from her daughter, she was able to go there to shower when she needed. Each time she wanted to get cleaned up, Mary would pack up her toiletries and walk through the neighborhood to her daughter's house and use her shower.
Kaitlin joined the C.A.S.H. program because she wanted to gain a better understanding of the home buying process so she could be confident in the purchase of her first home.
"Buying your first home can seem overwhelming and intimidating to say the least, if you don't have the proper knowledge. Interfaith minimized that fear for me and helped me understand how to align my finances to meet my goals."
Interfaith is one of four agencies in Hutchinson looking for an AmeriCorps VISTA member to serve in capacity building positions within the organization.
A family of seven living in a small three-bedroom apartment came to us under threat of eviction. The number of people in their rental unit exceeded what was allowed. The parents dreamed of providing a home of their own for their five children. Despite having a good income, they were struggling financially due to medical bills accrued during one child’s battle with cancer. They joined the C.A.S.H. Program and opened their KS IDA with the goal of finding a home for their family.
Did you know that Interfaith maintains a house with the primary purpose of housing volunteers who have come to support the work of Interfaith Housing and Community Services? Helping hands, both skilled and unskilled, are vital in the fulfillment of our mission. Since our inception, caring people have come from not only Reno County, but all across the world to make a difference in our community.
A Mission at Home is an initiative to encourage local churches and civic organizations who may already do annual mission trips to invest that time in Hutchinson — not only creating an influx of volunteer hours to address the needs of our community, but also to create better cooperation, understanding and civic pride.
Our work boils down to neighbors seeing neighbors struggling, and coming together to take care of each other. Our supporters directly impact the lives of people in our community each day through their generosity. That is how we began and we remain firmly rooted in that.
Many of you know the story of how Interfaith came to be. At a housing meeting in 1989, there was an in-depth discussion of the housing needs in our community — particularly concerning low-income households. One of our founders, Helen Rosenblad, was at that meeting and noticed that there was a gap in services.