DID YOU KNOW?
FAST FACT #1
Poverty is all around us. So many families in the Interfaith Outreach service area of Hamel, Long Lake, Medicine Lake, Medina, Minnetonka Beach, Orono, Plymouth and Wayzata live on less than $25,000 each year. These families are one setback away from financial crisis. We are here for anyone in our community who needs help. All are welcome at Interfaith Outreach.
FAST FACT #2
Interfaith Outreach moved from Wayzata to our current home in Plymouth in 2011, making it possible to serve hundreds more families each year. With Hennepin County and Wayzata Public Schools also in our building, it is easier for people to access the help they need. The community made it possible – thank you!
FAST FACT #3
Resale Select, Interfaith Outreach’s resale store, accepts quality donations of clothing and household goods then resells them to smart shoppers who like a great bargain. It’s a win-win: Donors receive tax benefits for their donations, shoppers buy upscale merchandise at bargain prices, clients use gift cards to shop for their family’s needs, and Interfaith Outreach programs receive the proceeds. Last year, Resale Select contributed $350,000 to Interfaith Outreach operations to help area families.
FAST FACT #4
Did you know there are more than 500 pre-kindergarten kids likely to be unprepared to start school because their parents can’t afford a quality preschool program? And they are even more likely to struggle to catch up all the way to high school graduation. With your help, we sent 180 youngsters to quality preschool last year so that they would be ready for kindergarten.
FAST FACT #5
Interfaith Outreach helps families stretch their finances with programs such as the food shelf and holiday gifts so they can make ends meet while they work on increasing household income. Last year, we distributed nearly 1 million pounds of food – to local families who live right here in our community.
FAST FACT #6
Can you imagine how hard it would be to live in your neighborhood without a car? How would you get to work, bring your child to daycare and shop for groceries without driving? Part of the unique challenge of poverty in the suburbs is the need for a car. Families living on the edge must include transportation expenses in their tight household budgets. Last year, we assisted 167 families with car repairs to keep them moving forward.
FAST FACT #7
Did you know that a single parent with one child must earn $21 per hour just to make ends meet in Hennepin County? With current minimum wage at $7.75 in Minnesota, it’s clear that a career is essential because just “getting a job” won’t pay the bills. Interfaith Outreach’s Employment Services helped 274 job seekers last year gain the skills they need to qualify for and secure jobs.
FAST FACT #8
Apartment rents are at an all-time high and affordable housing is an urgent need across our area. Many renters in our community pay more than 50-60-70% of their household income for rent. 30% is considered affordable. Paying too much for rent puts families and kids at risk of losing their housing and facing homelessness. Last year, Interfaith Outreach served more than 400 homeless families. Most had children. When families have stable housing, they can more easily address other important priorities such as doing well in school and finding better employment.
FAST FACT #9
Volunteers who generously donate their time and talent to Interfaith Outreach double our capacity to help our neighbors. Last year 2,009 volunteers gave $1.5 million dollars’ worth of time. Many work in our Food Shelf and other core programs where they connected with a community of kindred spirits who make up the caring and generous community we love. Thank you, volunteers!