AIM (Alliance for Interfaith Ministries)
St. Paul’s, Ivy is a congregation supporting AIM. The Alliance for Interfaith Ministries is a non-profit organization that assists area citizens who have emergency financial needs. Created in 1981 by area congregations and local social service agencies, AIM receives financial support from approximately 45 religious organizations in the community, from local foundations and from individuals. In addition, a member of the St. Paul’s, Ivy parish sits on the board of AIM to help further its mission.
The primary purpose of the Alliance for Interfaith Ministries (AIM) is to provide emergency assistance to families threatened with homelessness, loss of power or fuel, or other temporary financial crisis. Helping a family stay in their residence is of paramount importance to AIM. Roughly 95% of the clients referred to AIM are families living below the poverty line. When an emergency occurs, these families have nowhere to turn for assistance.
- Helping families meet their basic housing requirements enables them to maintain their self-respect and dignity, and remain self-reliant, productive citizens.
- Empowering recipients to maintain integrity of lifestyle and improve their condition is an investment in family stability.
- Assisting families in tangible ways as they struggle with financial emergencies is an investment in community vigor and strength.
- Helping people in desperate situations maintain control over their own lives gives them hope in the possibilities of the future.
Clients are referred by CARES. After completing an intake and assessment which verifies the emergency, clients come to AIM. Trained volunteers work with the clients to assure the best solution for their crisis. Clients are given a voucher which they take to the service provider. The money is paid directly to the service provider upon receipt of a signed copy of the voucher. No money is given directly to clients.