Interfaith Neighbors Inc

Neighbors Helping Neighbors

aka Meals on Wheels of Monmouth County provided by Interfaith Neighbors   |   Asbury Park, NJ   |  www.interfaithneighbors.org

Mission

To assist those less fortunate among us meet life’s basic necessities while seeking to improve the quality of life for individuals and families and the communities in which they live.

Ruling year info

1988

Executive Director

Mr. Paul L. McEvily

Associate Executive Director & Chief Business Officer

Mr. Walter "Chip" Craig

Main address

810 4th Ave

Asbury Park, NJ 07712 USA

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EIN

22-2896129

NTEE code info

Human Services - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (P99)

Community, Neighborhood Development, Improvement (S20)

Housing Owners, Renters Organizations (L50)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Interfaith Neighbors (IFN) works 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. IFN was founded thirty-three years ago to address the growing problem of homelessness in Monmouth County, NJ. Due to the relatively high cost of living and shortage of affordable housing, many working families (both then and now) are one crisis away from facing homelessness. Additionally Monmouth County seniors struggle, often facing difficult choices between housing costs, nutrition, and health care expenses with their fixed, limited incomes. Within the City of Asbury Park, the west side of the city has experienced little to no economic or residential stock investment since the civil unrest of the summer of 1970. As a result, there is little economic opportunity and families and youth, who are trapped in a cycle of poverty.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Rental & Mortgage Assistance

Interfaith Neighbors’ rental and mortgage assistance program is designed to help low and moderate income families avoid homelessness or recover from unfortunate circumstances that caused them to become threatened by homelessness.

Many families are one crisis away from homelessness.
The loss of a job, a major illness or unexpected expense can destabilize many families. Our rent or mortgage subsidy can be the difference between financial stability or eviction, homelessness and fear.

Population(s) Served
Families
Adults

Provides nutritious meals to disabled and homebound seniors over the age of 60 and at six congregate sites across Monmouth County. Our Senior Meals Program delivers over 300,000 meals to homebound seniors each year.

Population(s) Served
Seniors
Economically disadvantaged people

Community Development and Neighborhood Revitalization supports the West Side of Asbury Park through the development of affordable housing and addresses the need for economic revitalization, improved community and recreational facilities, public spaces and infrastructure, social conditions and public safety.

Affordable Housing helps first-time, low-income home buyers achieve the dream of homeownership. Since 1996, Interfaith Neighbors has constructed over 61 units of housing.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Adults

The Kula Cafe opened as a social enterprise designed as a workforce development program for under-employed or unemployed area youth in the development of readily transferrable skills for application in the hospitality industry. Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, IFN was forced to temporarily close the cafe. Since closure it was decided to lease the space to three local entrepreneurs who were launching a healthy foods business - MacroBites. They are currently operating out of the Kula Cafe location and are participating in IFN's workforce development programs, hiring program graduates.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth
Unemployed people

The Kula Urban Farm is another social enterprise developed to meet local market needs while expanding on the Kula Café workforce training program and providing opportunities for community engagement. The farm sells fresh produce to local restaurants and hires community members as a re-entry point to the workforce. Portions of the farm and stand-alone Farms without Borders in the community distribute the full harvest to the community.

Population(s) Served
Unemployed people
Economically disadvantaged people

SOAR! is an intensive, long-term employment and career preparation program targeting young adults in economically challenged communities of Monmouth County, New Jersey. SOAR! provides personal skill development and industry-specific training while simultaneously addressing systemic barriers that have previously inhibited participants from entering into career pathways. SOAR! leadership partners with area businesses to develop specific vocational training curricula while educating its participants in company culture and expectations of professionalism.
SOAR! participants are specially prepared for available positions in growing and in-demand industries and are groomed to be impactful to their organization from Day 1 of employment. By working directly with area employers, SOAR! ensures that trainees are correctly prepared and positioned for career success with attractive employment opportunities available post training.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Unemployed people

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of families assisted with rent or mortgage to avoid eviction

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Families

Related Program

Rental & Mortgage Assistance

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

number of working families that were supported with direct rent or mortgage assistance.

Number of meals served or provided

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Seniors, People with disabilities

Related Program

Senior Nutrition/Meals on Wheels

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Meals provided to seniors or disabled persons through Meals on Wheels/Senior Nutrition program.

Number of volunteers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Senior Nutrition/Meals on Wheels

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of volunteers who deliver meals daily to Monmouth County Seniors through Meals on Wheels.

Number of housing units built

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Men and boys, Homeless people, Women and girls, Families

Related Program

Community Development/Affordable Housing

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of housing units completed.

Number of clients who complete job skills training

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Young adults

Related Program

SOAR!

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of program graduates of the SOAR Program

Pounds of produce grown

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Kula Urban Farm

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Pounds of produce harvested at the Kula Farm and Farms without Border sites.

Number of training workshops

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Kula Urban Farm

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of Community Workshops Offered at the Kula Urban Farm

Number of participants attending course/session/workshop

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Kula Urban Farm

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of guests attending Farm to Table Dinners at the Kula Urban Farm.

Pounds of produce distributed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Families

Related Program

Kula Urban Farm

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of pounds of produce donated to community residents or local feeding programs.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

1. To assist Monmouth County working families stave off homelessness through rental and mortgage assistance.
2. To ensure Monmouth County senior citizens have access to healthy, nutritious meals and companionship on a daily basis.
3. To expand the stock of affordable housing options in Monmouth County, specifically, the West Side neighborhood of Asbury Park.
4. To provide healthy food options, local employment, and community education about nutrition through the establishment of an urban farming program.
5. To help individuals launch their careers through personal development, specific career track training and mentoring.
6. To support economic investment on the west-side of Asbury Park though development initiatives, establishment of the Business Development Center, and support of local businesses and non-profit ventures.
7. To lead community investment in the west-side of Asbury Park through community planning and engagement initiatives.

1. Continue to provide direct rental and mortgage payments to landlords and mortgage lenders for up to 400 working families annually who are facing a short term financial crisis.
2. Continue to operate the Monmouth County Meals on Wheels program under contract with the county, serving over 1,100 meals daily with the assistance of 125 volunteers daily either door to door or at one of six congregate senior center sites across the county.
3. As a licensed home-builder, continue to identify and implement for-sale housing construction projects. This is accomplished working in partnership with the City of Asbury Park and the Township of Neptune in identifying under-utilized properties to be developed in conjunction with their master and redevelopment plans. In the short-term, complete the implementation of the Parkview AP project (10 for sale properties, each with a single-family home and detached garage with 1 bedroom apartment).
4. Identify additional sites for the Kula Urban Farm - Farm Without Borders program, providing additional healthy food options and employment opportunities for local businesses. Grow the Green Thumbs Program by developing additional community partnerships with schools and youth programs for afterschool STEM education. Additionally, continue to expand community outreach with the Kula Urban Farm workshop series and Farm to Table Dinner series. Expand and improve the existing Kula Urban Farm site through the acquisition of the adjacent parcel of land and expansion of growing space, the addition of a three-season pavilion for education and community engagement and improvement of the existing on-site garage to include restrooms and a catering kitchen.
6. Grow the SOAR Career Development program to full capacity, moving from curriculum testing, to full implementation and the addition of 3 new career tracks.
7. Rebrand the Business Development Center as the Launch Center, reorganizing program offerings to include personal development workshops, entrepreneur mentoring and small business planning, and serving as an entry point for all Interfaith Neighbors employment programs (including Level Up, Kula Farm Experience and SOAR.)
8. With the completion in 2018 of the West Side Comprehensive Neighborhood Plan, work with our collaborative partners to implement the projects and programs identified in the plan, advocate for the neighborhood, and seek funding to support these initiatives.

IFN has been in operation since 1988. It operates its programs with a staff of 24 full time employees and 26 part time employees. Most staff have been members of the IFN team for 10+ years and are dedicated to their work and the organization's success. Additionally, most have come to IFN after successful careers in their fields of expertise, bringing decades of experience, relationships and knowledge to the organization.

IFN has a dedicated Board of Trustees that oversees the organization's budget and general operations. Annually, IFN establishes an operating budget that results in between $0.89 and $0.96 of every dollar contributed supporting a benefiting activity. Overall, in the current fiscal year, IFN's budget is $8.1 million. Annually, IFN's budget may increase or decrease significantly due to the implementation of housing and economic development construction programs.

IFN carries no long-term debt. In 2018, IFN established an endowment and seeded the fund with $400,000 in general funds. Additionally, a restricted endowed fund to support the Rental & Mortgage Assistance Program, our founding program, was established in honor of IFN's founder Joe Marmora. This fund was established as a result of a specific fundraising campaign, and was established with $150,000 and has since grown to $193,000.

IFN is proud of its collaborative relationships with both its funding agencies and non-profit partners. IFN has long-standing contracts with local, county and state agencies that support our programming. Many private foundations and corporations have supported IFN for many years. Additionally, in 2018, IFN led the completion of the West Side Comprehensive Neighborhood plan, funded by the Wells Fargo Regional Foundation, and engaging residents, local and county government, and non-profit partners. In 2019, IFN was awareded a Wells Fargo Regional Foundation Implementation Grant in partnership with three other area non-profit partners. The grant provides five years of funding for the implementation of the many projects and initiatives identified in the comprehensive plan. In 2020, IFN was awarded a three year Building Healthier and More Equitable Communities grant from the Reinvestment Fund to enhance it's work in the West Side neighborhood.

IFN is currently under construction on the Parkview AP project will result in 20 units of housing in the form of 10 for-sale properties each consisting of a 3 bedroom home with a detached garage with a 1 bedroom apartment. A minimum of these properties will be sold as affordable, with the remaining sold at market rate targeting first time homebuyers. The Rights of Passage II home was completed in 2019 and provides housing for 5 homeless young women and is a companion to our previous Rights of Passage I project. Our Pathway to Homeownership project, a two-family home, leased to two income-qualified families seeking to become first time home-buyers, was completed in 2020. This project is important to improving the rate of homeownership versus tenancy in the community.
In 2019, IFN completed the West Side Comprehensive Neighborhood Plan. The two year planning process included parcel assessments and community surveys, and lays out strategies for the West Side neighborhood in the areas of Employment & Economy, Housing & Neighborhood Quality, Placemaking, Healthy Lifestyles, Youth & Education, & Communication. In 2019, IFN was awarded a 5 year $1.25 million implementation grant in collaboration with three other non-profit community partners.
Also in 2019, IFN launched a new career development program called SOAR, with two cohorts participating in the program. During year one, program curriculum was tested and modified, candidate vetting and recruitment techniques fine-tuned and additional career tracks and employer partners identified. Since then, the program has grown enrolling up to 30 program participants per year with 5 career tracks and at many employer partners.
This year in 2021, IFN announced the establishment of the Launch Center, which is a reorganizing of program offerings and rebranding of IFN's workforce development programs and our Business Development Center. Later in 2021, the rebranded Launch Center will will open a new community resource space adjacent to the existing Business Development Center, offering individual career and personal development workshops, becoming the entry point for all IFN workforce development programs including Level Up, SOAR, Farm Experience and Entrepreneurs.
IFN has established a partnership with Hackensack Meridian Health (HMH) to implement programming and initiatives designed to have a positive impact on social determinants of heath in the areas of the social & economic environment, the physical environment and a person’s individual characteristics and behaviors. Early outcomes of this partnership include the establishment of a local farmers market at the Springwood Park in the West Side neighborhood through the summer months of 2019 and regular free health screening opportunities offered by HMH at community events.

Financials

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Interfaith Neighbors Inc

Board of directors
as of 8/9/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Rabbi Sally Priesand

Retired, Monmouth Reform Temple

Vincent Petruzziello

MIllenium Group

Mary Ann Christopher

Walter Craig

Kathleen Ellis

New Jersey Resources

Gwendolyn Love

Lunch Break

Pam Saunders

PDS Associates

Robert Hogan

Hogan-Knotts Financial Group

Carol Ann McLaughlin

Edward Johnson

Brookdale Community College

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 08/09/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

No data