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Interfaith Neighbors Community Update

In response to the COVID-19 Health Crisis, Interfaith Neighbors has made the following changes to our operations. Other than our dedicated Senior Nutrition/Meals on Wheels Program staff, the rest of our team is working remotely. Detailed program updates follow.

The Senior Nutrition/Meals on Wheels Program is currently serving over 1,100 meals to homebound seniors across Monmouth County.

We have introduced many enhanced personal, facility and vehicle safety protocols to ensure the safety of our volunteers, staff and the seniors we serve. We have also re-positioned IFN staff from programs that are currently on hiatus to establish a trained full backup of our kitchen team to ensure continuity of operations.

We are also taking steps to ensure continuity of our food supplies, stocking a two week supply of certain food items, replenishing our supply of shelf-stable meals, and working closely with Monmouth County and the State of New Jersey on strategies to ensure continued operations as we weather this crisis.

At this time, we are reviewing requests from seniors for delivery of homebound meals; those that meet eligibility requirements will be added to home-delivered routes as soon as possible, but, please understand our delivery system is under stress at the moment.

We are experiencing understandable fluctuations in our volunteer force. We are pleased to share that we have received many inquiries about volunteering for the program in response to our calls for volunteers. We are vetting, training and scheduling new volunteers on a continuous basis. If anyone is interested in volunteering to assist with the meal delivery program, you can email bethp@interfaithneighbors.org - please include your availability between 8 am and noon Monday through Friday.

Donations to the Senior Nutrition/Meals on Wheels Program are gratefully accepted. We are experiencing increased program costs at this time.

RENTAL & MORTGAGE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

The Rental & Mortgage Assistance Program is fully operational, but operating remotely at this time. Anyone in need of immediate assistance can call the office at (732) 775-0525 and leave a detailed message. A member of the IFN Rental & Mortgage Assistance team will return your call within 24 hours.

The COVID-19 health crisis has resulted in many families in Monmouth County facing an economic crisis. Much of the Monmouth County economy is hospitality/service-based, which was one of the first industries to be effected in the response to the crisis. Many individuals and families have either lost their employment entirely or are facing greatly reduced hours.

Interfaith Neighbors’ Rental & Mortgage Assistance program was the organization’s founding initiative and has been in operation for 30+ years. In a normal year, the program assists approximately 350 families with between $500,000 and $750,000 in direct assistance. Currently, we are experiencing continuity in the levels of requests for support for normal reasons, but, for the past two weeks, have been fielding additional calls from individuals and families whose incomes have been affected by the COVID-19 response.

We are providing daily reports to Monmouth County and coordinating with the State of New Jersey so we are positioned to access funding when it becomes available to assist COVID-19 affected families in need of financial assistance. We are also working with private grantmakers to identify support.

We welcome any gifts to support our Rental & Mortgage Assistance Program and families adversely affected by the COVID-19 health crisis.

The Kula Cafe will be closed until further notice.

The Kula Urban Farm is closed to all visitors and for all public events. Our team continues to work the farm and is donating our harvest to local feeding programs.

The Business Development Center is closed until further notice.

Our 810 Fourth Avenue location is closed to all visitors.

Our Mission

To assist those less fortunate among us to meet life’s basic necessities, while seeking to improve the quality of life for individuals and families and the communities in which they live. Over the years, our services have grown to now include eight distinct programs serving all of Monmouth County, including:


Who We Are

Interfaith Neighbors, Inc. is a non-profit organization founded in May 1988 when local faith communities came together to address the growing problem of homelessness. Over the years, our services have grown to now include seven distinct programs serving all of Monmouth County. Our supporting members now number over 45 religious congregations of all denominations plus hundreds of private donors as well as corporations, charitable gift trusts and foundations. Interfaith Neighbors has an established track record of successfully delivering projects in a highly efficient and effective manner while building a reputation for excellence that is widely acknowledged,

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Our Impact

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