Interfaith Human Services, Inc. (IHS) is a collaborative effort of faith communities whose purpose is to address many unmet social and economic needs for low-income residents.

IHS began in 1968 when four congregations in State College, Pennsylvania, joined resources to more effectively assist people in the community who were in need. Little did those dedicated people know that they were creating a grassroots organization that would grow into a diverse human services agency, assisting hundreds of people in Centre County each year who face a multitude of basic needs.

Through our programs and services, hundreds of families receive assistance to stabilize their resources so they can use their income for other essential needs.

Our hope is that someday everyone will have a safe place to live, food to eat, clothes to wear, affordable health care, reliable transportation, friends to support and encourage, and the realization that they lack for nothing. We invite you to join us on the journey.

Interfaith Human Services’ core values:

We believe in the inherent worth and dignity of every person.

We believe that justice, equity and compassion should guide human relations.

We believe that, as an interfaith organization, we are compelled to be respectful of all faith communities.

We believe that our work is to improve the health of our community by attending to the needs of its members.

“I have not had any kind of anxiety or stress over money. I don’t fight about money with anybody. I feel great.”


“I’ve never had extra money in my account. Now I don’t have to worry about bills. I would recommend this program to anyone.”


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A contribution of time or funds gives your neighbors a hand up. Donate or volunteer today to help our community members in need.