Interfaith Works

Registered Name
Interfaith Works Inc
Tax ID


Interfaith Works, formerly known as Community Ministry of Montgomery County, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit agency and a non-sectarian interfaith coalition of more the 165 affiliated congregations of diverse faiths, working together to meet the needs of the poor and homeless in Montgomery County, Maryland. Founded in 1972, our programs shelter, clothe, and feed our neighbors in need and provide supportive services with the goal of helping them achieve self-sufficiency. The programs of Interfaith Works provide not only basic needs but also a hand up to those struggling in our community. Case management and supportive services are built into our program models to make sure that we are equipping those we serve with the tools they need to achieve long-term success.


Annual Budget
June 2018
+7% Growth
Program Spending
Fundraising Spending
Management Spending


Interfaith Clothing Center


Provides free clothing and household goods to 13,000 income-qualified residents each year, including nearly 6,000 children, through the distribution of millions of dollars' worth of donated items. The interfaith clothing center also houses a prepare to impress shop (professional clothing), distributes specialized items such as layettes to expectant mothers and brand-new backpacks filled with new school supplies to mcps students.

Homeless Services


Becky's house houses senior homeless women in an 8-bed home, providing 24-hour oversight and intensive case management to improve the overall health and stability of frail, higher-need individuals.interfaith works empowerment center engages over 800 individuals in a day program with access to showers, laundry, support groups, and case management services to those experiencing homelessness. It also operates as a heating/cooling center during weather extremes. During the winter months, the overflow shelter opens to approximately 350 adults, providing a place to sleep on cold nights.interfaith homes provides scattered-site apartments for 31 men and women who have previously experienced chronic homelessness. Offers wrap around clinical and medical case management services that empower individuals to maintain income and housing.interfaith works housing initiatives program provides service coordination for 35 individuals housed in their own apartments through montgomery county's housing initiative program. The program provides wrap-around case management services including coordination of care, life skills development and tenancy support as well as community referrals. Interfaith works residences provides 24-hour staff supported private living quarters to 21 men and women who previously have experienced long-term homelessness. Offers a safe environment where residents can identify and overcome barriers to self-sufficiency and housing.interfaith works women's center provides emergency shelter, meals and case management to approximately 250 women experiencing homelessness annually at a 70-bed facility. Helps women overcome barriers by connecting them with community resources that empower them to overcome homelessness.watkins mill house provides transitional housing to women who have experienced homelessness with behavioral health diagnoses in an 8-bed home offering 24-hour support and case management. Links clients to treatment, iw's vocational services, and other resources to help women gain the supports they need to move themselves to more stable, permanent housing.

Vocational Services


Engages 250 low-income and homeless individuals in job readiness classes, career counseling and training, and one-on-one job placement services.

Friends in Action


Serves 40 families with 120 trained volunteer mentors divided into teams. Each family member works closely with a case manager to set individualized goals to improve essential living skills and stabilize areas of crisis. Mentor teams work with families for at least one year and often longer.



Provides assistance to montgomery county faith communities in meeting community needs including religious land use, neighbors in need, and responding to acts of violence or hate.



Previously named hand-to-hand. Provides resource counseling to low income individuals and families. Connections provides referrals to programs within interfaith works as well as outside of the agency. Connections is also responsible for distributing emergency financial assistance for eviction prevention, utility cut-off prevention, and other unmet needs.

Emergency Assistance Coalition


Previously named congregation & community emergency support. Leads a multiagency collaboration of emergency assistance providers offering capacity building, financial assistance services and advocacy. Impacts the lives of 30,000 financially fragile individuals and supports efforts to empower clients toward self-sufficiency. Offers support to congregations through consultation, referral and training. Provides counseling, referrals, grants and loans to help individuals stay utility cut-offs, avoid eviction, and pay for other essential expenses and facilitates multi-agency collaboration.



Includes activities related to the family independence initiative and education and advocacy. During the year ended June 30, 2018, there were no expenses for family independence initiative.


Kay Newhouse Chair
Marilyn Ripin Secretary & Vice Chair, Program Committee
Charles Carr Vice Chair, Finance/audit Committee
Jeanne Ryan Wolfson Vice Chair, Advocacy Committee
Cheryl Lee-pow Vice Chair, Development Committee
Mitchell Weintraub Immediate Past Chair
Dr Helen Blumen Director
Lauri Cleary Director
Bradley Colton Director
Graciela Riveria-oven Director
Andrew Platou Director
Rev Dr Haywood Robinson Director
Donald Marshall Director
Christabel Sampson Director
Rev Dimitrios Antokas Director
Shane Rock CEO
Source: IRS 990