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. Two short years later, Helen, along with Jack Mace, Steve Showalter, Wayne Hoschetler and Randy Miller formed Interfaith Housing Services, a 501(c)(3) organization that would assist individuals of low to moderate income to meet their housing needs. During that time, John Scott, our former CEO joined the organization. In those early days, all work was funded and done by IHS leadership, volunteers, churches and family members of clients.
We put roofs on houses, made much needed repairs to structures and made sure homes were warm, safe and dry for the people of the community.
Interfaith has grown and changed a lot over the years, but this has not changed. Our mission is rooted in helping ensure that the people of our community have quality, safe, affordable housing. That very often means helping rehabilitate and repair their home to allow them to stay.
The John Scott Home Rehabilitation and Repair program does this every day. Here are just a few projects that have been completed recently thanks to our volunteers, your meaningful gifts and with the support of the Hutchinson Community Foundation, United Way of Reno County, Reno County Department of Aging and the City of Hutchinson.