Celebrating 25 Years of Service
This is it! It’s our 25th anniversary! It has been quite a ride, and we’ve had an amazing time! We couldn’t have taken this journey without all of you, so we’d like to thank you for all of your support.
What started as a small group of compassionate people coming together to help fill a need in the community has turned into thousands of thoughtful citizens reaching out and changing lives.
Twenty five years ago, Helen Rosenblad founded Interfaith Housing Services by connecting with a handful of concerned citizens.
This caring group of people saw there weren’t any resources available to single mothers who didn’t have the financial security or knowledge to keep their house in good repair. This committed group soon realized there were others in need of assistance – the elderly, disabled and those surviving on a low-income.
In those days, all the work was funded out of the pockets of IHS leadership, volunteers, churches and family members of clients. These gracious people gave their time and money to make home repairs - whether it was a fixing a door, building a ramp or replacing a leaky roof.
In 1991, Interfaith Housing Services incorporated, President John Scott joined the group and it became a not for profit organization.
Through the dedication and generosity of our community, IHS has a state-wide reputation as an organization that develops housing and financial support for people with economic and physical disabilities.
IHS has offices in 3 counties and supports hundreds of people each year with the help of 17 employees.
How has IHS been so successful? “Over the last twenty-five years, we have remained strong throughout the many changes in the economic climate,” says John. “I attribute our success to two things: First, it’s the good will of the community supporting our efforts through their donations and volunteering their skills and time. Second, our staff. Through their hard-work, commitment and compassion we are able to reach out to numerous communities and change lives.”
Over the years, IHS has expanded services to include First Time Homebuyer opportunities, Special Needs Rentals, Emergency Repair and Accessibility Modifications, Weatherization and Financial Education programs under the Creating Assets, Savings and Hope Program (CASH).
“I am taken back by the amount of kind and generous people there are in Hutchinson. They changed my outlook on life and put me in a better frame of mind. Everyone was so nice, they made me feel like I really deserved the generous things they did for me. I would have probably had to leave my home without their help.” -Karen Schrott