Laramie Interfaith

Neighbors helping neighbors

Laramie, WY   |  https://www.laramieinterfaith.org/

Mission

Interfaith - Good Samaritan provides a means for our community to help neighbors meet their basic needs.

Ruling year info

1989

Principal Officer

Josh Watanabe

Main address

712 Canby Street

Laramie, WY 82072 USA

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EIN

83-0288049

NTEE code info

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

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Albany County is the poorest county in Wyoming. One in four people struggle with living in poverty. 25% of our residents are challenged with food insecurity, transportation limitations, expensive housing costs and job security.

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?

Food Pantry

I-GS has a full service, low barrier food pantry.

Population(s) Served
Adults

We provide emergency financial assistance to prevent homelessness or the shutoff of critical and essential utilities to ensure a home is a safe shelter.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged 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.

Total pounds of food rescued

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

Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Food Pantry

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

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.

Assist Albany County residents, who live in poverty, with basic nutrition and financial support in order to prevent homelessness.

I-GS offers a food pantry and financial services. I-GS utilizes multiple programs including USDA commodities distribution and case management.

The organization has been in existence for approximately thirty years. I-GS is a critical part of Albany County's safety net, working with more than 17 other local non-profit organizations. Dependent on volunteers, I-GS accumulates more than 800 volunteer hours each month.

After 30 years of providing assistance and support to the people living in poverty in Albany County, a newly developed strategic plan by the board of directors has set a course for the next thirty years. The plan will address space issues, funding and program development.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    We serve primarily low-income housing and food insecure households. Our food pantry is open to the entire community, but are not are target demographic.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Case management notes, Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Most of our feedback recently has been a response to our COVID-19 response which included closing our doors to the public and serving individuals outside. In May, as soon as we believed was practical and safe, we opened our doors again allow for community members to re-enter our facility and be served in office. In addition, a recent member identified communication issues for upcoming food distributions, we are actively seeking more target communications to our clients who have barriers to electronic and traditional communication means so that no eligible household misses this once-month distribution. We are also planning options and building expansions that will allows us to store more food and distribute commodities more than once per month.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    We continue to actively seek ways for community members with lived experiences to increase their voice at all levels of our organization. While this is new to the organization, we are beginning to prioritize this more.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, It is difficult to identify actionable feedback, Asking for feedback is often seen in a negative light. We must work to better establish trust. ,

Financials

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Operations

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Laramie Interfaith

Board of directors
as of 11/15/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Michelle Holmes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 7/9/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Asian American/Pacific Islanders/Asian
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data