Founded in 1947, Interfaith Social Services is dedicated to improving life for South Shore families and individuals in need. Our unique approach relies on a team of volunteers, donors and community partners to deliver compassionate, client-centered programs focused on hunger, mental health and emergency assistance.
Interfaith Social Services is a nonreligious organization, but its roots were established by a local faith community. In 1947, religious leaders from the city of Quincy, Massachusetts, were struggling with the question of how to help poverty-stricken families in the area. They decided to unify their efforts by founding Protestant Community Services. The newly formed organization provided professional counseling, foster care, adoption services and some financial assistance to children in crisis.
By 1957, the organization had expanded its service area to include ten South Shore communities and changed its name to Protestant Social Service Bureau. The Pantry Shelf food program was established in 1975 to provide emergency food for families in financial distress. It began in a 5’x 8’ closet and was originally staffed by one part-time volunteer.
Today the organization offers a variety of programs and services to our clients, and our “pantry” has grown to be one of the largest emergency food programs in Greater Boston. In 1998, the organization rebranded as Interfaith Social Services to reflect that it was not affiliated with any religious organization. Interfaith is committed to being an open and affirming organization helping everyone in need regardless of gender, orientation, race, immigration status, etc.
The spirit of cooperation and community which was the genesis for Interfaith’s creation in 1947 continues today. Our multi-service center relies on a collaborative team of volunteers, corporate partners, donors, houses of worship and community groups working together to help neighbors in need.
Our current programs and fundraisers include:
- Interfaith Social Services' Food Pantry
- The New Directions Counseling Center
- HomeSafe - our homelessness prevention program
- Career Closet - a program providing free professional attire to low-income job seekers
- Joy for Children - seasonal programs bringing joy to the children of our food pantry clients
- The Bureau Drawer Thrift Shop - a boutique store open to the public and operating as one of our largest fundraisers
- The Stop the Stigma 5K - an annual race to raise funds for our Counseling Center
- The Feed the Hungry Gala - our annual major fundraising event