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About Interfaith Ministries

About Interfaith Ministries 2018-12-06T11:44:46+00:00

Interfaith Ministries Overview

OUR MISSION

Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston (IM) brings people of diverse faith traditions together for dialogue, collaboration, and service, as a demonstration of our shared beliefs.

Learn more about IM, our services and clients in the short video (above). You will also find other videos about our services, programs, and volunteers.

OUR VISION

IM envisions a community working and acting together in response to the needs of a Greater Houston to create a more respectful, connected, and caring society.

OUR VALUES

F – Focus – We work hard to achieve IM’s mission, vision and strategic goals. We are motivated by the trust and expectations of our clients, partners and donors.

I – Integrity – We do what we say and we keep our promises. We strive for excellence and hold ourselves to the highest standards while taking responsibility for our actions.

R – Respect – We value diversity of opinion, thought and beliefs. We treat everyone the way we want to be treated with kindness and dignity.

S – Service – We help others with a spirit of compassion. We put the needs of those we serve above our own.

T – Transparency – We are honest, open and truthful. We proactively and willingly share information with the community and each other.

At Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston, we believe that, through service and dialogue, it is possible for very diverse people to know one another and find common ground, while still embracing our personal beliefs and cultures. We celebrate the strength of our shared beliefs through three areas of service:

IM manifests the strength of shared beliefs through four areas of service to the greater Houston community:

  • Meals on Wheels for Greater Houston and Galveston County/aniMeals delivers more than 1.5 million meals each year to seniors in Harris, Galveston, and surrounding counties. Pets of seniors receive free pet food and other services through our aniMeals on Wheels program.
  • Refugee Services, in conjunction with the U.S. State Department, resettles hundreds of refugees in Houston each year and helps thousands of our newest neighbors successfully acculturate to American life.
  • Interfaith Relations and Community Partnerships engages houses of worship, businesses, organizations and non-profits in dialogue, collaboration and service to embrace the philosophy of “Respect Thy Neighbor.”
  • Volunteer Houston joined the IM family in fall 2017. It actively connects people and organizations in impactful, fun and interactive volunteer opportunities across the Greater Houston area.

 

In 1955, the Houston Council of Churches launched IM’s predecessor organization, the Church Welfare Bureau, to organize the Protestant community to minister to those in need. In 1964, the Bureau was reorganized as Protestant Charities of Houston, a group that was joined and strengthened by the Jewish community. Officially chartered as Houston Metropolitan Ministries in 1969, IM has been a leading force in bringing together people of all faiths to serve people in need in the greater Houston area.

IM was renamed Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston in 1992 to reflect support from increasingly diverse faith traditions.