Quarterly Newsletter 
Executive Director Condell Garden, Counselor Melody TreviƱo and volunteer
Faye Hudson prepare a financial literacy curriculum for our clients
to help them gain or regain financial stability.

Volunteers Steal the Show
As a non-profit agency, so much of what Interfaith is able to accomplish would not be possible without the incredible support of our compassionate and driven volunteers. Over the last year, we have been blessed with so many wonderful volunteers. Let's meet two of the great ladies who are here in our office week after week lending their skills to help make Interfaith Ministries a success. 

Cherryl Cassidy started volunteering for us in December of 2016. She helps us with various administrative duties and has taken on the tedious task of electronically archiving all of our records. Cherryl is twice retired. She worked nearly 30 years with the City of Dallas Police Auto Pound. When she retired she thought, "I'm not EVER going back to work."

However, it was just 7 months before she began working for Delta Airlines--by accident. She had given a friend who applied to Delta a lift to her job interview. Cherryl's friend was long gone when Cherryl retired from Delta after 15 years. 

That was in 2015, and Cherryl thought, "This time I'm definitely retired." Volunteering for Cherryl is not a job. "It's just kinda fun. I truly enjoy coming here." Cherryl is drawn especially to our Apple Tree Program and the Prescription/Medical Assistance we provide. 

Faye Hudson began serving with us in the fall of 2016 as a volunteer caseworker. Faye was familiar with IFM's social services because she is a retired registered nurse and home health director. She has been focusing on client communications and information management. She recently completed a financial training that will allow her to bring more financial education and coaching services to our clients. 

She is now one year into her retirement. "I have done a lot of things I wanted to do in the first year, and goofing off was great, but I felt like it was time to give back." Faye said, "When I first started I was surprised [IFM] had funds to help with medications and vision care. To help so many people with rent and electricity, those are huge basic needs for people in dire straits at a place they thought they'd never be." 

We are so thankful to have Cherryl and Faye as a part of the team and as a part of the Interfaith family. Thank you ladies!
NEW! IFM Mini Food Pantry
New year, new services at Interfaith Ministries! Over the last year, our staff has recognized the need among our clients for a non-perishable food pantry. Most of the time, when clients come to Interfaith to learn about community services such as food pantries, we must refer them to our local partner agencies whose operating hours may leave these families waiting to receive service until the next time the pantry is open.

To help bridge this gap and provide for the immediate needs of our clients, Interfaith Ministries will begin offering our clients access to our new mini food pantry which will house a limited assortment of non-perishable, easily opened, ready-to-eat food items. To facilitate this project, we need your help! Please bring donations of non-perishable, easily opened, ready-to-eat food items to the Interfaith Ministries office located at 1109 N. Elm Street.
Looking Back on 2016
What a year! In 2016, there were so many wonderful projects, programs, and services that showed what an incredible impact we were able to make in our community thanks to the kind and devoted support of donors and community members like you. 

As IFM Board Chairman, Darhyl Ramsey looks back on programs like the Apple Tree Project, he remembers the joy and excitement of our annual back-to-school Distribution Day. Darhyl said, "It is always a very happy time for the children." Darhyl also recalls what a festive evening IFM's first annual Wine Tasting and Silent Auction was and said, "I enjoyed seeing so many people having a great time and supporting Interfaith Ministries." 

Rebecca Dake, our resident social medi a guru,  looks back on her year here at IFM with AmeriCorps  VISTA. "Before I started my one-year term of service with IFM," she said, "I was unaware of the desperate needs of so many living in Denton." Rebecca has been instrumental documenting the people that we serve and the stories that they have to tell which illustrate the need in our community and the impact that your donations have made in addressing those needs.

As we move on into another year here at Interfaith Ministries, it is sobering to look back and take stock of the lives we have touched, and to press on in the hope that we will touch many more in the year to come.
Our Faith Based Affiliates

  • Blue Mound United Methodist Church
  • Charis Fellowship
  • Christ the Servant Lutheran Church
  • Eagle Pointe Church
  • First Christian Church
  • First Presbyterian Church
  • First United Methodist Church
  • Gateway United Baptist Church
  • Immaculate Conception Catholic Church
  • St. Andrew Presbyterian Church 

  • St. Barnabas Episcopal Church
  • St. Mark Catholic Church
  • Trinity Presbyterian Church
  • Trinity United Methodist Church
  • Unity Church of New Hope
  • The Village Chapel
Board of Directors

Darhyl Ramsey - Board Chair
Peggy Richardson - Vice Chair
Jim White - Secretary
Vickie Watson - Treasurer
Katia Batista
Pete Bradbury
Steve Coburn
Ling Hwey Jeng
Jacqueline King
Janet Luttrell
Karin Marsh
Jonny Ramsey
David Strutton
With Us
Here are some of our current volunteer needs:
  • Sorting donations
  • Creating hygiene packs
  • Donor relations
  • Client communications
  • Writing for blog
Are you interested in being a volunteer at Interfaith Ministries?
To get started, simply give us a call at 940-566-5927, or email us at info@ifmdenton.org. Our staff will be more than happy to talk with you about the volunteer opportunities that will fit your interests and your busy schedule. 
For more information about any of our programs or events, please contact us at:
Phone: 940-566-5927

E-mail: info@ifmdenton.org

Our Wish List
  • Children's diapers sizes 3, 4, 5 & 6
  • Bottles of dish soap
  • Non-perishable, easily opened, ready-to-eat food items for the IFM Mini Food Pantry
Interfaith Denton Charity Cars
Are you looking for a way to make a difference in 2017? Taking advantage of Interfaith Denton Charity Cars is a great way to help yourself and your community by donating your disused vehicle. 

Our friends at Insurance Auto Auction (IAA) will tow your vehicle at no cost to you, sell the vehicle at auction, and provide you with all of the necessary paperwork and tax receipts to complete your donation. The proceeds from your donation will support the programs and services provided by Interfaith Ministries. 
In Honor
Jacque King
   By Betty Leinhart

Beth Kirby
   By Condell Garden

Bettye Myers
    By Peggy Richardson
In Memory
Richard & Inez Canale
   By John & Anita
Matt Golden
   By Richard & Jeannie 

George Hopkins
   By Mike Gregory

Bill Newman
   By Judy Bankhead
         Stanley & Myra 
         Patsy Borgstadt
         Libby & John 
         Condell Garden
         Candace Gray
          Mike & Carolyn
         Richard & Carolyn 
         Jane McMurry
         Jim & Pam Mueller
         Kevin & Rebecca
         Suzy Politz
         Mary Ellen Royal
          Jack & Elaine           
         Stephen & Jayne 

Betsy Tandy
   By Condell Garden
         Peggy Richardson
Alex & Joan Zelisko
   By R.A. Zelisko
         Donna McLaughlin 
Betsy Tandy Endowment
Contributions Made By
        Condell Garden
Peggy Richardson

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Interfaith Ministries of Denton, Inc. is a joint civic-ecumenical agency providing services since 1993 to those in need in northern Denton County.

Our goal is to assist and enable our clients to retain or regain their financial stability and independence by offering financial assistance with rent, utilities, medications and various other individual needs. All services are coordinated with other agencies and organizations in Denton County to prevent, as nearly as possible, duplication of assistance. 

Interfaith Ministries is sponsored and underwritten by a coalition of local faith based affiliates as well as local businesses, civic groups, individuals, grants and the United Way of Denton County.
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