Founded in 1947, Interfaith Social Services is dedicated to improving life for South Shore families and individuals in need. Our unique approach relies on a team of volunteers, donors and community partners to deliver compassionate, client-centered programs focused on hunger, mental health and emergency assistance.
The Pantry Shelf: serving thousands of hungry South Shore residents each year – one of Greater Boston’s largest food pantries. HomeSafe: homelessness prevention for hundreds of local families every year. The Learning Pantry: educating food pantry clients about vital life skills. Harvest Helpers: an initiative to increase community gardening and to supply food pantries with healthy food. Career Closet: outfits low-income job seekers with free professional attire.
New Directions Counseling Center: mental health counseling for adults, children, couples, and families. Accepting most forms of health insurance. Bureau Drawer Thrift Shop: a boutique-style shop, open to the community, and operated entirely by volunteers. All sales benefit Interfaith’s programs.
In 1947 religious leaders from the city of Quincy MA. were struglling with the question of how to help the poverty stricken familes in the area. They decided to unify thier efforts by founding Protestant Community Services. The newly formed organization provided professional counseling, foster care and some financial assistance to children in crisis. By 1957 the organization had expanded its service area to include ten South Shore communities and changed its name to Protestant Social Service Bureau. In 1998 the Agency became Interfaith Social Services to reflect the fact that its support, volunteers and staff represented a variety of faith communities. From its inception the organization has assisted persons of all backgrounds and beliefs. Over the past six decades Interfaith Social Services has evolved into a nonreligious, multi-service center for individuals and families in need.
Hundreds of volunteers serve within Interfaith’s programs each year. Many are involved in direct client and customer service through the Pantry Shelf, Career Closet, and Bureau Drawer Thrift Shop. Others are active as office volunteers and organizers for our fundraising events, not to mention our Board of Directors and its various committees.
Support for the Agency comes from a variety of sources including gifts from individuals, faith communities, businesses, organizations and foundations.
STRUCTURE/TAX EXEMPT STATUS
Interfaith Social Services is incorporated as a non-profit agency in Massachusetts and is tax exempt under section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Service Code
FOOD PANTRY AND HOMESAFE PROGRAMS’ SERVICE AREA
Quincy, Milton, Holbrook, Randolph, Braintree, Weymouth, Hingham, Hull, Cohasset and Scituate.