Topics: Inter-Faith Council

The Inter-Faith Council for Social Service opened its doors to the homeless men and women of Chapel Hill in 1963. Since then the council has opened a residential facility for homeless men in Orange County, started offering mental health services for low-income, and began distributing fresh, local foods to the hungry. 

In 2011, the Chapel Hill Town Council approved a special use permit for a $4.7 million homeless shelter for the Inter-Faith Council. The new facility will replace the shelter’s current location at 100 W. Rosemary St. The new shelter will hold 52 beds and expanded facilities, including an exercise room, work spaces, a medical facility and a dental clinic.

They broke ground on the new community house on May 5, 2014.

Orange County community leaders hold public forum on homelessness

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When discussing the issue of homelessness in Orange County, community leaders challenged residents to learn more about the homeless population.


School board yet to approve IFC, Piedmont co-location

The Inter-Faith Council for Social Service and Piedmont Health Services pitched the idea to the Chapel Hill Carrboro City Schools last month of including their respective services in the redevelopment of the Lincoln Center.


A look at homelessness in Orange County: Services, nonprofits work to lower the numbers

“Once I am well, I will find a job, then get back on my feet,” said Ronald Benfield, resident at the Inter-Faith Council Community House.


Year in Review: Homeless shelter finds new location, food operation center discussed

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The Chapel Hill homeless shelter has finally found a new home. 


Letter: Homelessness should not be made invisible

TO THE EDITOR:

Recently, a nice lady came to my shop with a petition opposing the Inter-Faith Council’s proposed community kitchen. I said I supported the IFC. She said, “Oh I do too, just not in downtown Carrboro.


Old Town Hall to stay on as kitchen

The Inter-Faith Council for Social Service, a Carrboro-based social work organization, is planning the construction of a new building in Carrboro called FoodFirst to consolidate their services.


Carrboro debates IFC community kitchen

A passionate debate ensued at the Board of Aldermen meeting on Tuesday over a proposed text amendment which would establish community kitchens as a permitted use in Carrboro.


IFC provides meal for Thanksgiving

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Trying to imagine celebrating Thanksgiving without Thanksgiving dinner is hard, but this is often a reality for many people in need in Chapel Hill and Carrboro.

Luckily, the Inter-Faith Council is there to help those who would have otherwise gone without.


111 restaurants pledge support for RSVVP Day

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If you eat out on Tuesday, a portion of the proceeds from your meal may be donated to support hunger-relief programs.


Inter-Faith Council for Social Service awards staff at its annual meeting

George, a resident of the new SECU Community House, spoke at the annual Inter-Faith Council for Social Service (IFC) meeting and expressed his gratitude of the IFC.

“(The staff) make me feel like I have a purpose now, it’s an amazing feeling,” George said. “There’s one thing those people over there have in common, they all have hearts. All you have to do is just walk in and open your eyes and you’ll see it.”


Policy change makes public housing more accessible to homeless, formerly incarcerated

As a result of a recent policy change made in May of last year, public housing options have become much more accessible for the formerly incarcerated and homeless.


Inter-Faith Council gears up for a new challenge

The Inter-Faith Council aims to increase their services with a challenge to raise $92,625 — with the potential promise of a matched donation by the trustees of The Stewards Fund.


Chapel Hill homeless shelter finds new home

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After almost 30 years without a permanent facility, the Chapel Hill homeless shelter now has a place to call home.


Two health centers to open in Chapel Hill

There are 10,000 individuals in Orange County with an unmet medical need that are not being serviced by a health care facility. One thousand of the these individuals seek medical service at the Carrboro Community Health Center, one of the eight primary and comprehensive health clinics of Piedmont Health Services Inc.


Feed your babies, says Chapel Hill, Carrboro

Robert Roskind and his wife felt uncomfortable when his wife breastfed his then-infant daughter in public.


New homeless shelter near completion

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The Chapel Hill-Carrboro Inter-Faith Council for Social Service’s men’s homeless shelter and community kitchen will soon have a new home.


RSVVP event raises record amount $26,004 for IFC food pantry

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The totals are in — higher customer participation is to thank for the 2014 RSVVP Day reaching a record high in fundraising for the Inter-Faith Council for Social Service.


CROP walk fundraises to fight hunger

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Aaron Nelson has been participating in the Chapel Hill CROP Hunger Walk with his family for four years.


Director leaves Inter-Faith Council for health

After just eight months in the position, Elizabeth Waugh-Duford has left her post at the Inter-Faith Council for Social Service.


Chapel Hill Town Council will debate sale of unused properties

The Chapel Hill Town Council has not yet made a decision about the sale of several unused town properties.