March 2, 2009

Our Mission & History

Our Mission

The Mission of Interfaith Home Maintenance is to enhance the quality of life of homeowners who are low-income, especially elderly and physically challenged persons, and to improve neighborhoods in the greater Youngstown area by performing essential home repairs.

These repairs are funded through solicitation of public and private resources and through collaboration with other agencies and organizations serving the needs of low-income persons.

Our History

Interfaith began as an ecumenical volunteer agency in the spring of 1974. Former Youngstown Mayor Jack Hunter, made a plea to the community to plan and implement a concerted housing maintenance program for families who were unable to effect necessary home repairs. Interfaith’s purpose is to assist homeowners who have neither the physical nor the financial resources to maintain decent, safe, and sanitary living conditions.

In July of 1977, Interfaith was able to hire full time, paid employees with funding from the District XI Area Agency on Aging and the Cooperative Employment and Training Act. Exemption as a non-profit, charitable organization was granted in 1978. In 1979, Interfaith began an additional association with the City of Youngstown’s Community Development Agency and in 1986 Interfaith joined the United Way family of agencies. The remainder of our funds are obtained through private sector, ecumenical, and client donations.  Interfaith operates with a staff of between ten and fourteen persons, including crew supervisors and crew workers, an intake worker, office manager and executive director. In addition to providing employment directly, our materials are purchased locally to provide further support of the Youngstown economy. Monies received from these various funding sources have enabled us to complete over 19,000 home repairs since July of 1977; these repairs include, but are not limited to, the areas of plumbing, carpentry, painting, plastering, and furnace repair.