Province II Grant
InterFaith Works of Central New York has received a $1,000 grant from the National Board of Episcopal Church Women to further its refugee resettlement program, part of the Syracuse-based agency's overall goal of creating relationships and understanding among people of different religions and races.
Founded in 1976 to address issues rising from the struggle for civil rights in the U.S., InterFaith Works grew its vision to include interreligious understanding (working first among Catholics, Protestants, and Jews, then expanding to include Muslims, Sikh, Buddhist, Mormon, Baha’is, and other faith groups). The need for this effort heightened after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and continues to serve as a vehicle to address hate towards those who are considered “different.”
Over the years, the agency has added social service programs to help meet the needs of people who are vulnerable, low-income, targets of oppression, and refugees who arrive through the federal refugee resettlement programs, fleeing war, political repression, and famine. Programs to address the needs of frail elderly, of those in prisons, hospitals, and nursing homes, and programs to address hunger and housing have also been a part of InterFaith Works.