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.
Board of Directors
Naomi Altman-Congregation Brit Shalom
Mark Bodenschatz—St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, State College
Marie Cameron—Congregation Brit Shalom, State College
Karry Carr—Houserville United Methodist Church
Julie Cody—Howard United Methodist Church
Alice Cromwell—St. Luke Lutheran Church, Centre Hall
Sue Cromwell—Faith United Church of Christ, State College
Sue Forster—Grace Lutheran Church, State College
Ellen Frederick—Pine Hall Lutheran Church
Lynne Grutzeck—State College Friends Meeting
Janet Lybarger—Grace Lutheran Church, State College
Sandra Lyle—Woodycrest United Methodist Church
Karen Magnuson—St. Paul Lutheran Church, Pine Grove Mills
Pat Morgen—Zion Lutheran Church, Boalsburg
Bill Moyer—St Paul’s United Methodist Church, State College
Sylvia Neely—University Baptist and Brethren Church, State College
Jean Pierce- St. John’s United Church of Christ, Boalsburg
Jim Prowant—University Mennonite Church, State College
Steve Riegel—Trinity United Church of Christ, Centre Hall
Carla Roser-Jones—Albright-Bethune United Methodist Church, State College
Dale Roth—University Baptist and Brethren Church, State College
Gail Salada—Zion Lutheran Church, Boalsburg
Peggy Salamon—Faith United Church of Christ, State College
Karen Scherba-Congregation Brit Shalom
Marion Schwartz—St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, State College
Carol Smith—Trinity Lutheran Church, State College
Charles Smith—Community Member
Kayla Smith—Trinity Lutheran Church State College
Susan Smith—Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
Roxane Vermillion—Grace Lutheran Church, State College
Barb Vinson-Park Forest United Methodist
Ella Williams—Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, State College
Tammy Williams- St. John’s United Church of Christ, Boalsburg
Terry Yoder—University Mennonite Church, State College
“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.”