COVID-19 Update 3/20

COVID-19 Update
3/20/2020

We are in unprecedented times, so forgive us as our activities continue to evolve as we work assessing and meeting community needs while still keeping our staff and clients as healthy as possible.
The safety of our community and team of servant leaders is our top priority, and I want to make sure you are updated and informed on the latest updates as well as steps we are taking internally to ensure risk and exposure is as minimal as possible. We are actively following guidelines set forth by the CDC and County Officials to ensure the health safety of all persons who work, serve and are served in our offices.

𝗢𝘂𝗿 𝗼𝗳𝗳𝗶𝗰𝗲𝘀 𝗿𝗲𝗺𝗮𝗶𝗻 𝗢𝗣𝗘𝗡 𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗿𝘆 𝗱𝗮𝘆, 𝗮𝘀 𝘄𝗲 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝘃𝗶𝗱𝗲 𝗯𝗮𝘀𝗶𝗰 𝗻𝗲𝗲𝗱𝘀 𝘁𝗼 𝗦𝗼𝘂𝘁𝗵 𝗠𝗼𝗻𝘁𝗴𝗼𝗺𝗲𝗿𝘆 𝗖𝗼𝘂𝗻𝘁𝘆.

𝗢𝘂𝗿 𝗵𝗼𝘂𝗿𝘀 𝘄𝗶𝗹𝗹 𝗯𝗲 𝟵𝗮𝗺-𝟰𝗽𝗺, 𝗠𝗼𝗻𝗱𝗮𝘆 – 𝗙𝗿𝗶𝗱𝗮𝘆. 𝗔𝗹𝗹 𝗼𝗳 𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝘀𝗲𝗿𝘃𝗶𝗰𝗲𝘀 𝗮𝗿𝗲 “𝗖𝘂𝗿𝗯𝘀𝗶𝗱𝗲” 𝗼𝗿 𝗯𝘆 𝗣𝗵𝗼𝗻𝗲.

The following is a summary of who and how we are currently meeting community needs:

  • 𝐅𝐨𝐫 𝐒𝐞𝐧𝐢𝐨𝐫 𝐍𝐞𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐛𝐨𝐫𝐬 (𝐚𝐝𝐮𝐥𝐭𝐬 𝐨𝐯𝐞𝐫 𝟔𝟐 𝐲𝐞𝐚𝐫𝐬 𝐨𝐟 𝐚𝐠𝐞):
    – Interfaith’s Senior Grocery Delivery will continue on a weekly basis with the ability to add new Seniors to the program, per their request. Seniors can call 832-615-8224 to be added.
    – Seniors can continue to receive information and referral resources by calling 281-367-1230.
    – Seniors needing financial assistance are able to call Family Services at 281-367-1230.
  • 𝐅𝐨𝐫 𝐅𝐚𝐦𝐢𝐥𝐢𝐞𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐈𝐧𝐝𝐢𝐯𝐢𝐝𝐮𝐚𝐥𝐬 𝐢𝐧 𝐂𝐫𝐢𝐬𝐢𝐬:
    – Food assistance will be distributed to individuals and families in need by drive-through in parking lot.
    – Crisis Assistance (including rent/mortgage, utilities assistance, and gas vouchers) will be provided to families experiencing job/wage loss.
  • 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐇𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐌𝐞 𝐔𝐩 𝐒𝐡𝐨𝐩
    – The Hand Me Up Shop is closed to customers and donations at this time.
  • 𝐈𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐟𝐚𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐂𝐡𝐢𝐥𝐝 𝐃𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐥𝐨𝐩𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐂𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐫
    – ICDC is closed through April 10, following CISD’s COVID-19 response lead. All students are receiving at home learning lessons and activities for the coming weeks.
  • 𝐖𝐨𝐫𝐤𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐜𝐞 𝐒𝐨𝐥𝐮𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬 𝐎𝐟𝐟𝐢𝐜𝐞𝐬
    – Workforce Solutions Offices are closed to the public but continue to do their great work of helping neighbors find employment by phone. Our Conroe office is available to assist you by calling 936-441-0037.
  • 𝐈𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐟𝐚𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐂𝐨𝐦𝐦𝐮𝐧𝐢𝐭𝐲 𝐂𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐢𝐜
    – Our Clinic hours are 8am-2pm, Monday-Thursday. All patients are being triaged over the phone. For medical or dental assistance, please call 281-364-7889.
  • 𝐕𝐨𝐥𝐮𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐞𝐫 𝐏𝐫𝐨𝐠𝐫𝐚𝐦𝐬:
    – All volunteer activities have been suspended to reduce the risk of exposure and encourage our community to stay home to help flatten the curve! We miss you! But look forward to seeing you at Interfaith when we are back to business as usual!

𝐎𝐮𝐫 𝐠𝐨𝐚𝐥 𝐢𝐬 𝐭𝐨 𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐮𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐬𝐞𝐫𝐯𝐞 𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐧𝐞𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐛𝐨𝐫𝐬 𝐢𝐧 𝐧𝐞𝐞𝐝.
𝐇𝐨𝐰 𝐜𝐚𝐧 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐇𝐄𝐋𝐏?

  • 𝐌𝐨𝐧𝐞𝐭𝐚𝐫𝐲 𝐃𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬: Our biggest need in the coming weeks is Funding to be used for the following:

– To purchase bulk, specific and essential foods, toiletries and paper goods for food assistance for families and Seniors.

– Provide financial assistance (i.e. rent, mortgage, utilities, gas vouchers, and prescription assistance) to families and Seniors.

  • 𝐃𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬 𝐜𝐚𝐧 𝐛𝐞 𝐦𝐚𝐝𝐞 𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐞: https://interfaith-of-the-woodlands.snwbll.com/covid-19-com…
  • 𝐅𝐨𝐨𝐝 𝐃𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬: We are actively accepting food donations of: cereal, canned meat, dry pasta, vegetables and fruit, snacks for kids, peanut butter, jelly, meal starters, soups, crackers, toiletries, paper goods including toilet paper and cleaning supplies.
  • 𝐄𝐧𝐜𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐚𝐠𝐞𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐂𝐚𝐫𝐝𝐬 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐒𝐞𝐧𝐢𝐨𝐫𝐬: Make a card for a Senior! We are accepting cards for Seniors to help bring sunshine to their day! All cards donated will be delivered to our Senior neighbors during grocery delivery. You can drive through and drop off at our office at 4242 Interfaith Way, The Woodlands, 77381.

𝐈𝐧 𝐂𝐥𝐨𝐬𝐢𝐧𝐠:

  • 𝐈𝐧𝐝𝐢𝐯𝐢𝐝𝐮𝐚𝐥𝐬 𝐧𝐞𝐞𝐝𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐡𝐞𝐥𝐩 𝐭𝐨 𝐟𝐢𝐧𝐝 𝐚 𝐣𝐨𝐛:
    𝐂𝐚𝐥𝐥 𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐖𝐨𝐫𝐤𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐜𝐞 𝐒𝐨𝐥𝐮𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬 𝐂𝐨𝐧𝐫𝐨𝐞 𝐨𝐟𝐟𝐢𝐜𝐞 𝐚𝐭 𝟗𝟑𝟔-𝟒𝟒𝟏-𝟎𝟎𝟑𝟕 𝐨𝐫 𝐞𝐦𝐚𝐢𝐥: 𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐫𝐨𝐞@𝐰𝐫𝐤𝐬𝐨𝐥𝐮𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬.𝐜𝐨𝐦
  • 𝐅𝐚𝐦𝐢𝐥𝐢𝐞𝐬 & 𝐈𝐧𝐝𝐢𝐯𝐢𝐝𝐮𝐚𝐥𝐬 𝐬𝐞𝐞𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐟𝐨𝐨𝐝 𝐚𝐬𝐬𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐞: 𝐂𝐚𝐥𝐥 𝟐𝟖𝟏-𝟑𝟔𝟕-𝟏𝟐𝟑𝟎
  • 𝐒𝐞𝐧𝐢𝐨𝐫𝐬 𝐧𝐞𝐞𝐝𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐟𝐨𝐨𝐝: 𝐂𝐚𝐥𝐥 𝟖𝟑𝟐-𝟔𝟏𝟓-𝟖𝟐𝟐𝟒
  • 𝐅𝐚𝐦𝐢𝐥𝐢𝐞𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐒𝐞𝐧𝐢𝐨𝐫𝐬 𝐧𝐞𝐞𝐝𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐟𝐢𝐧𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐢𝐚𝐥 𝐚𝐬𝐬𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐞: 𝟐𝟖𝟏-𝟑𝟔𝟕-𝟏𝟐𝟑𝟎
  • 𝐈𝐧𝐝𝐢𝐯𝐢𝐝𝐮𝐚𝐥𝐬 𝐧𝐞𝐞𝐝𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐧𝐨𝐧-𝐂𝐎𝐕𝐈𝐃-𝟏𝟗 𝐫𝐞𝐥𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐝 𝐌𝐞𝐝𝐢𝐜𝐚𝐥 𝐨𝐫 𝐝𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐚𝐥 𝐚𝐬𝐬𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐞: 𝐂𝐚𝐥𝐥 𝟐𝟖𝟏-𝟑𝟔𝟒-𝟕𝟖𝟖𝟗

I would like to thank each of you, our County Judge Mark Keough, County Commissioner James Noack, Precinct 3 Constable Ryan Gable, The Woodlands Township Chairman Gordy Bunch and Board of Directors, Interfaith’s Board of Directors, Advisors and member congregations for your leadership and support of our mission during this time. May you and yours continue to stay healthy and safe! We look forward to seeing your smiling faces at Interfaith of The Woodlands activities, service opportunities and events once this passes.

Kindest regards,
Missy
𝐌𝐢𝐬𝐬𝐲 𝐇𝐞𝐫𝐧𝐝𝐨𝐧
𝐏𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐢𝐝𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐂𝐄𝐎
𝐈𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐟𝐚𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐨𝐟 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐖𝐨𝐨𝐝𝐥𝐚𝐧𝐝𝐬
𝐁𝐮𝐢𝐥𝐝𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐚 𝐌𝐨𝐫𝐞 𝐋𝐨𝐯𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐂𝐚𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐂𝐨𝐦𝐦𝐮𝐧𝐢𝐭𝐲 𝐓𝐡𝐫𝐨𝐮𝐠𝐡 𝐒𝐞𝐫𝐯𝐢𝐜𝐞

 

 

NEW BOARD OF DIRECTORS 2019

THE WOODLANDS, TX (Wednesday, January 2, 2018) – Interfaith of The Woodlands elected four new distinguished individuals to serve on the 2019 Interfaith Board of Directors. Rob Johnson, 2018 Board Chairman of Interfaith of The Woodlands, announced the recent appointments of Father Tom Rafferty, Pastor Rodney Mills, Kerrie Guerrero and Jim Parisi to the Board.

“I’m humbled and honored to have these amazing, thoughtful leaders serve on our Board of Directors. These individuals were selected not only based upon their professional backgrounds, but also for their commitment to serving others and our community,” said Missy Herndon, President and CEO of Interfaith of The Woodlands.

“The knowledge and vision that each Board Member contributes are invaluable to Interfaith of The Woodlands. I welcome each new member to the Board and thank them for their service,” said Rob Johnson, 2018 Chair of Interfaith of The Woodlands.

Composed of 27 members, the Interfaith Board of Directors paid special thanks to the outgoing Board Members, Dr. Ed Robb, Dr. Stephen Head, Pastor Steve Bradley and Dr. Bruce Webb, for their past service and welcomed 2019 Board Chairman Alex Sutton. “We would also like to thank outgoing Chairman Rob Johnson for his leadership and continued support of Interfaith,” remarked Miss Herndon. “He is an incredible servant leader and been an unbelievable asset to our mission, and it was our pleasure to follow his lead and learn from his example.”

Interfaith of The Woodlands is a nonprofit social service agency providing numerous programs and services to meet the needs of The Woodlands and the surrounding area since 1973. For more information on Interfaith’s programs and services or to become a volunteer, please visit woodlandsinterfaith.org or call 281-367-1230.

(l-r) Pastor Rodney Mills, Kerrie Guerrero, and Jim Parisi, incoming Interfaith Board Incoming Board Members. Not Pictured: Father Tom Raferty

Outgoing Chairman, Rob Johnson, Incoming Chairman, Alex Sutton, President and CEO Missy Herndon

INTERFAITH INVITES COMMUNITY TO PARTICIPATE THROUGH HOLIDAY GIVING PROGRAMS

The Woodlands, TX (Wednesday, October 24, 2018) — As the Holiday Season quickly approaches, Interfaith of The Woodlands is preparing to serve families and seniors in crisis through their annual Holiday GIVING programs. “Each year, nearly 6,000 individuals depend on Interfaith during the holidays,” says Missy Herndon, Interfaith President and CEO. “These are families who work hard, but just need extra help. Providing assistance to all in need has been a long-standing tradition at Interfaith for over 45 years. We are blessed that our community has continued to support these efforts through serving, donating and volunteering.”

Interfaith’s Holiday GIVING programs rely on community generosity to be able to serve others, each program offering a unique way to get involved. The Holiday GIVING programs include Adopt-a-Family, Holiday Toy Drive, and Gifts for Seniors. The Adopt-a-Family program provides requested gifts to families who have been adopted by local community members. The Holiday Toy Drive offers businesses and individuals an opportunity to collect toys and gifts for children of all ages. Families requesting assistance are able to choose items for their children from the incredible assortment of donated toys, which are set up at The Woodlands Fire Department central location on Grogan’s Mill Dr. New toy donations are being accepted at the Interfaith office, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., beginning Monday, November 26.

Gifts for Seniors provides gifts to senior neighbors who are in need or alone for the holidays. Various volunteer groups hand-deliver these gifts. The culmination and highpoint of the GIVING program for seniors is the annual Holiday GIVING Dinner, with Carols by Candlelight, where over 400 senior adults come together to share a meal and participate in caroling and other festive activities.

Additionally, all individuals and families enrolled also receive food from the Interfaith Food Pantry to prepare a holiday meal and a clothing voucher from the Hand Me Up Shop for winter clothes.

Businesses, organizations and individuals will all have the opportunity to come together to donate time, food and gifts. Interfaith invites everyone to help their neighbors, as even the smallest gift or donation makes a difference during the holidays for families in crisis. Additionally, Interfaith is thankful to Waste Connections for their commitment to donating bikes once again from their annual Bike Build.

Lucy Gomez, VP of Programs, shares, “We are looking forward to the Holiday GIVING Program once again this year. The families and seniors light up with appreciation. This community has always shown such commitment to giving, and we believe they will again this year. Due to their generosity, together we will be able to meet the needs of families and seniors this holiday season.”

To learn more about Interfaith of The Woodlands and how to get involved and help support their Holiday GIVING and other programs, visit woodlandsinterfaith.org/holidaygiving

Interfaith of The Woodlands is a nonprofit social service agency providing programs and services to meet the needs of The Woodlands and the surrounding area. Interfaith provides basic needs assistance and special programs to families experiencing a financial crisis, and supportive service through care and wellness programs to senior adults 62 and over, in addition to many community programs dedicated to improving the lives of individuals in need. For more information on Interfaith’s programs and services or to become a volunteer, please visit woodlandsinterfaith.org or call 281-367-1230.

Collection of toys and gifts for children of all ages.

Senior adults enjoy a holiday-themed meal served by volunteer Lorrie Parise of Howard Hughes Corp.

Waste Connections donated much-needed bikes to families for the Holiday GIVING 2017 Toy Drive.

2018 Interfaith Staff

INTERFAITH ANNOUNCES APPOINTMENTS TO SENIOR LEADERSHIP TEAM

The Woodlands, TX (Friday, September 7, 2018) — The Board of Directors for Interfaith of The Woodlands and Interfaith Community Clinic are pleased to announce the appointments of Holly Mayer, Director of Programs and Services, and Carolyn Donovan, Director of Development. Both women bring a combined total of over 30 years of service and nonprofit experience to the Senior Leadership team that will lead Interfaith as it moves into its 45th year of serving South Montgomery County.

“Holly and Carolyn join a group of dedicated and experienced leaders who are committed to Interfaith’s mission and the leading of over 350 employees and the many communities we serve,” said President and CEO, Missy Herndon. “A leader at Interfaith is asked to not just come to work; they are asked to focus on serving the people of our community, and for our team, that is a passion. This is a calling and I am grateful that both of these amazing women answered the call.”

Holly Mayer is Interfaith’s Director of Programs and Services, a position that was previously filled by Lucy Gomez, who was promoted to Vice President of Programs in May. Mayer has served at Interfaith for six years working as Volunteer Manager and on the Senior Services team, positions that required her to expertly cultivate relationships and resources in order to best serve the needs of both those serving and those being served. During her time at Interfaith, Mayer worked with all programs requiring volunteer resources and was instrumental in the organizing of the over 12,000 volunteers during Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. Her many years of nonprofit management and experience give her the ideal perspective to take on the role of Director of Programs and Services.

Mayer has lived in The Woodlands since 1992 with her husband and three children. Prior to coming to Interfaith, she served for many community, church, and school committees and was named a Montgomery County Woman of Distinction in 2008. She has served as a Board Member of NOAH (The National Organization of Albinism and Hypopigmentation), as President of National Charity League The Woodlands Chapter and currently serves on the Board for The Woodlands Lions Club.

Mayer says, “I am grateful for the opportunity to continue serving The Woodlands in this new role. My years at Interfaith have deepened my commitment to the programs and services that Interfaith offers and how they change the lives of local people.”

Carolyn Donovan joins Interfaith of The Woodlands with a wealth of nonprofit management experience spanning a 17-year career working with educational, healthcare and social service organizations. Her track record of successful strategic planning, program development and donor cultivation has prepared her well to lead Interfaith’s Development efforts. From working on capital campaigns to leading annual events and fundraising efforts, Carolyn’s emphasis has always been on connecting donors with the mission of the organization.

Donovan says, “I am honored and humbled to be a part of the team responsible for carrying on Interfaith of The Woodlands’ 45-year legacy of helping our neighbors in need. In my short time with the organization, I have seen first-hand how lives in crisis became lives blessed with assistance and hope for a brighter tomorrow. Our loyal donors make miracles happen every day and I am thrilled to work alongside them, continuing the tradition.”

Prior to joining Interfaith, Carolyn served as a Corporate Market Director with the American Heart Association and as Development Manager for Beyond Batten Disease Foundation. A member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Carolyn and her family have lived in The Woodlands for ten years.

In regards to these new additions to the Senior Leadership Team, Herndon has this to say: “As we move into our 45th year of service, we are assembling a leadership team that will continue our mission to build a more loving and caring community through service, and Carolyn and Holly both bring the veteran skills and ideas that will help us grow within our community. Interfaith is well equipped to continue our commitment to serving the people of The Woodlands.”

Interfaith of The Woodlands is a nonprofit social service agency providing programs and services to meet the needs of The Woodlands and the surrounding area. Interfaith provides basic needs assistance and special programs to families experiencing a financial crisis, and supportive service through care and wellness programs to senior adults 62 and over, in addition to many community programs dedicated to improving the lives of individuals in need. For more information on Interfaith’s programs and services or to become a volunteer, please visit woodlandsinterfaith.org or call 281-367-1230.

Holly Mayer

Holly Mayer, the new Director of Programs and Services at Interfaith of The Woodlands.

Carolyn Donovan

Carolyn Donovan, the new Director of Development at Interfaith of The Woodlands.

Kits 4 Kidz Distribution

Over 2,100 Local CISD Students Received School Supplies from Interfaith of The Woodlands

THE WOODLANDS, TX (Tuesday, August 14, 2018) — With the start of the 2018–2019 school year, Interfaith of The Woodlands served nearly 2,150 local students and 682 families in total as part of their Kits 4 Kidz program. In addition to the required school supply kits, children also received a new backpack and a voucher for a back-to-school outfit to use at the Interfaith Hand Me Up Shop. The efforts of Interfaith and its donors ensure that every child has the necessary tools for a successful school year.

This is the 34th year that Interfaith has been providing school supplies to area students. As many as 41 local schools have students that use Interfaith’s Kits 4 Kidz program for their school supplies. “Interfaith is a blessing to my family. Without this program, I’m not sure how I would be able to afford school supplies for my child,” an Interfaith client shared with Robert Reyes, Interfaith’s Program Coordinator in the Family Services department.

Interfaith’s President and CEO, Missy Herndon, says she was honored to serve these children. “By giving children the same school supply packs that the PTOs produce at the schools, we hope to ensure every child has the same opportunity for success in the classroom,” she says. “We are very thankful for the many Interfaith volunteers and donors who played an integral role in the success of this program.”

Families signed up in advance to order grade and school specific supplies; however, Interfaith also served anyone who missed the registration. Through late distribution, an additional 321 children and 123 families were able to choose miscellaneous school supplies and a new backpack from community-wide school supply drives.

Interfaith of The Woodlands is a nonprofit social service agency providing programs and services to meet the needs of The Woodlands and the surrounding area. Interfaith provides basic needs assistance and special programs to families experiencing a financial crisis and supportive service through care and wellness programs to senior adults 62 and over, in addition to many community programs dedicated to improving the lives of individuals in need. For more information on Interfaith’s programs and services or to become a volunteer, please visit woodlandsinterfaith.org or call 281-367-1230.