20 Religious Groups Work Together to Help Families in Crisis

By Emily Woodside

In 2019, Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association – better-known as MIFA – received 11,000 requests for help with utilities and rent. That number tripled to 33,000 during 2020, due to the pandemic.

Both years, MIFA was able to keep people in their homes by providing more families with utility assistance, in part through funds donated by individuals and organizations through its Plus-1 Program. Plus-1 is a partnership between MIFA and MLGW that provides utility assistance for individuals and families in financial crisis. MLGW customers fund the program by adding a dollar or more to their utility bills each month, or by making a onetime gift directly to MIFA. MLGW collects Plus-1 funds through customer bills and makes monthly disbursements to MIFA. MIFA screens clients for eligibility and priority.

This spring, Holy Communion joined with 20 other faith communities throughout Shelby County to promote and contribute to MIFA’s Plus-1 Campaign. We used our front lawn banner, social media, yard signs and The Communicator to spread the word. The Reverend Hester Mathes, along with other community faith leaders, was featured in the video Plus-1 Community Giving Challenge.

Rosalyn Nichols, MIFA’s new Interfaith Officer, led the campaign and was excited about the response and the opportunity to meet faith leaders in our community. Due to the campaign, over $11,000 in cash was raised, in addition to many sign ups to the monthly program. I am proud of Holy Communion’s continued support of MIFA and its mission: Supporting the independence of vulnerable seniors and families in crisis through highimpact programs. In addition to raising awareness of this important program, Church of the Holy Communion has become a partner organization by adding a donation to our MLGW bill each month.

I am proud of Holy Communion’s continued support of MIFA and its mission: Supporting the independence of vulnerable seniors and families in crisis through highimpact programs. In addition to raising awareness of this important program, Church of the Holy Communion has become a partner organization by adding a donation to our MLGW bill each month.

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