Tuesday, March 29, 2016

From the Capital Campaign

I am happy to announce the InterServ Capital Campaign has reached 80% of its $5,000,000 goal. This is a significant threshold and the Campaign Committee is very grateful for all the support it has received from the community. The Committee and the InterServ Foundation staff continue to explore and seek out other sources of funding for the new building complex.

In early January, we were elated to learn the campaign had been awarded $250,000 in Neighborhood Assistance Program Tax Credits. Qualifying donors will receive a 50% Missouri Income Tax Credit. In addition, you may be entitled to a charitable contribution deduction on your federal and state tax returns.

A sample of how the Tax Credits work has been included in this newsletter. Anyone interested in the Tax Credits should contact either Bridget Supple, or Brett King, at the Foundation office, as soon as possible, since they are only available as long as they last.

Although we have made great progress in the campaign, we still have a steep road ahead of us in raising another $1,000,000 to achieve our goal. Therefore, we are asking for everyone to please consider a gift to the campaign, or provide us with any prospects. Gifts can be made payable over several years and through various payment options.

InterServ has long served the needs of the community and has been an anchor for the South Side. It is our hope to conclude the campaign by June 30. But, we need your help. If you have not already made a contribution, please consider one. Through your generosity, we will be able to build a better future for the community, as well as strengthening and sustaining our services to the South Side.

Over the last 107 years, InterServ has always been there for us, now is the time for us to be there for InterServ.

Joe K. Houts
Building InterServ Capital Campaign chair

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

This season of thanksgiving, extending over the next two months, is busy and rewarding for InterServ. We witness people, in word and deed – through their workplace, places of worship, schools and in their homes – radiate the definition of community as a gathering of people who care about one another.

One could say that from those expressions of goodwill and generosity that we can better carry out the work of the organization to effectively address difficult social issues; hunger, homelessness, isolation, discrimination, poverty. Yet your sharing that supports InterServ is about the compassion of faithfully serving people extending hope, connectedness and sense of community to those in need, especially to those facing hardships, distress or brokenness or as the Old Testament defines, as the caring for the widow, the orphan and the stranger.

Whether in volunteering or contributions, you are important to the mission of InterServ because of the caring and compassion that you make visible in our community through our service centers, in neighborhoods, in homes. The In-Sight newsletter provides opportunities to be a part of this holiday season and it gives wonderful examples of what your compassion looks like to the elderly and homebound senior, to the latchkey youth, to the young child in early care & education centers, to families seeking assistance with basic needs.

We are grateful for the gift that God has given us through Christ and the social teaching of the Gospel that shape and guide our work. And on behalf of the board of directors, staff, volunteers and those served, we give thanks for your support in word and deed in this blessed and holy season knowing that God’s love and compassion comes through each of us.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Angel Tree Brightens Christmas for Seniors

Six months ago she didn’t expect to make it to Christmas.  Yet, her name is one of those on our senior angel tree list this year.  He is has an extremely low income, and no family around to care for him.  Both of these people will have a little nicer Christmas this year, because they are on InterServ’s Senior Angel Tree.  We have approximately 30 more seniors to be adopted. 

Each year, InterServ helps its senior services clients who are in special need, due to low income or lack of family support, to have a better Christmas than they might otherwise have.  You can help by calling Laurie Piper at 816-238-4511 Ext. 129 or e-mail lpiper@inter-serv.org. 

As you begin to think about Christmas shopping, think about helping a senior on our angel tree list.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

United Way Time!

InterServ staff and volunteers have been pounding the pavement at local United Way rallies held by businesses and corporations around the area recently.
The support that United Way gives InterServ is vital to our programming. As the largest recipient of UW funding, InterServ gladly promotes the UW campaign to raise a little over $3 million to support the 18 agencies and its 6 initiatives.
Please support the local United Way! The campaign runs through the end of October!

Monday, March 16, 2015

InterServ announces Building InterServ

$5 million capital campaign to replace wesley center
St. Joseph, Mo. _ After many years of exploration, information gathering and prayer, The InterServ
Foundation, in support of Interfaith Community Services, Inc., has announced a goal of $5 million to build a new health and wellness center in south St. Joseph.
The “Building InterServ” capital campaign was approved by both the InterServ Board of Directors and The InterServ Foundation Board of Directors during the summer of 2014 and a capital campaign committee was formed. This committee is chaired by Mr. Joseph K. Houts, Jr. and co-chaired by Mrs. Joyce Edwards.
The focus of the five-year plan is to secure funding to erect a new community center in support of
InterServ’s faithful commitment to our community that began in 1909. All campaign funding will support new construction at the corner of Cherokee and King Hill Avenue that will replace the Wesley Center and allow InterServ to continue operations in St. Joseph for another 100 years.
Through the combined efforts of leadership at both InterServ and The InterServ Foundation, $1,694,745 of the $5 million goal has been raised with total commitment by both InterServ boards, its administration and staff.
Ellison-Auxier Architects, Inc. will be the design firm for the project. Preliminary work on the design has been started and will continue over the next year, providing for a new gymnasium, commons area, fitness/weightroom, kitchen and food pantry.
For more information concerning “Building InterServ” contact The InterServ Foundation at (816) 238-4511, ext. 222 or at www.theinterservfoundation.org.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Mindful of and grateful for your compassion

Imagine having to choose between feeding your children or replacing the shoes they just grew out of. Imagine having to work late, knowing that your 9 year old will come home from school to an empty house, no dinner, and an evening alone in a neighborhood that’s a little rough. Now imagine that it’s Christmas. There’s no tree. And, even if there were, there’s no money for gifts to go under it. That a 9 year old is home every day for 2 weeks with very little food in the house and no heat, because the gas was disconnected in November.

Throughout its one hundred five year history, InterServ has relied on its partnerships with people of faith, services clubs, schools and businesses—its donors and volunteers—to assure that any person who needs help is able to get help. Each year, the generosity of thousands of people helps thousands of people in need to meet their own basic needs and to be fed—body, mind and spirit. As volunteers and donors, you are present and available, through InterServ, for youth who need guidance and supervision; families whose children need care so that parents can work during the day; elderly persons, as they age gracefully in their own homes; immigrants searching for a better life for themselves and their families; and people facing homelessness and hunger due to financial crises.

In this season of faithful reflection, we remain mindful of and grateful for your compassion and support and the enormous difference it makes in the lives of people who turn to InterServ for assistance. Your kindness allows us, as a community, to respond in a way that reflects the social teaching of the Gospel, bringing awareness of a loving and compassionate God in all seasons.  Thank you.

“Through the sharing of God’s love, we seek out and assist those in need, so that all may live their lives more fully and more capably.”

Peace and joy,


Dave Howery

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

The Lessons of Leaves

Bridget Supple - The InterServ Foundation.
Reflecting back on the year, one thing that always strikes me is the number of loyal and steadfast supporters we have lost. Many were unexpected — sudden illness or accident — but just as many can be attributed to the cycle of life, finding the inevitable end of its path for many who believed in supporting the organizations that help other people.

Walking through my neighborhood recently, enjoying the last of the warmer weather and trying to judge how long the leaves still had before they were piles to rake, it occurred to me that we, as social workers, volunteers and donors who support the work of InterServ, often expect of humankind what we cannot and should not expect of anyone or anything. We want permanence, finality, an end to having to raise money for "the cause," an end to helping people dig out of messes, an end to human suffering, an end to everything we do. But, as we learn every year from the autumn leaves, that just isn’t nature’s way. The world does not trade in permanence, but in perpetual rebirth and renewal.

Nowhere is the circle of life more evident than it is in the ranks of volunteers and donors. InterServ and its Foundation are full of "servants." People — like you — who know how to make things happen. People who make sure that people who turn to InterServ in times of need get what they need and then some — a shoulder on which to cry; a kind word; a reassuring touch; a smile that tells them that it will be okay — maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but eventually.

The people of InterServ — volunteer, employee and donor — don’t do the things they do for their own glory. They do their jobs — paid or unpaid — every day for someone else. They may not know who that "someone" is yet, but they know, without a doubt, that there will be a "someone" who needs their help. Their hearts are the hearts of servants, the hearts of caregivers. Their hearts know that what today brings will end and tomorrow will bring something else — a problem, a blessing, something.

This year, as every year, we have lost several of our most loyal and devoted "InterServants." As we reflect on them and their support of InterServ, our memories take us back to others we have known through this mission of faith and service. People we have lost in that never-ending circle of life. People who have shown us what it means to, truly, care for humankind. And in our reflections, we remember the legacy that each of those lost have left. Whether it was simply the example of caring for people by delivering meals or regular donations to support the mission of InterServ, memorials requested to InterServ or an estate gift upon death, each person who has cared about InterServ has left a mark on the hearts and lives of those touched by InterServ.

We are grateful to those who have passed through this mission of faith and service, for caring about InterServ and the work that InterServ does. And we are grateful to you for what you do for InterServ every day. What will your legacy be? You are writing your legacy in our hearts every single day. Thank you for your support.