From humble origins, IFCS has grown to meet an ever increasing need. With a proud tradition of giving a hand up, not a hand out, IFCS is a hopeful place to those in need.
IFCS provides basic human services and enrichment programs to low-income people using community resources. IFCS fosters self-sufficiency and respects the dignity of each client. IFCS serves the people of Centennial, Englewood, Glendale, Highlands Ranch, Littleton, Lone Tree, Sheridan and unincorporated Arapahoe County.
IFCS is probably best-known for its food and clothing banks, which are truly a reflection of our community. Community members – schools, churches, service clubs, businesses and families, donate all the food and clothing.
One of IFCS’s main goals is homeless prevention. Through a variety of resources including financial assistance (rental, utility, mortgage assistance), transitional and off-site housing IFCS is able to help families achieve their housing goals, access more affordable housing or simply help its families maintain their present shelter.
IFCS also has many other programs to help the community-programs for homebound seniors: medical transportation, lunch bunch and grocery shopping help; financial assistance: medical prescriptions, gas vouchers, bus tokens and birth certificates; gift of hearing and sight programs; victim assistance; youth programs including Ready, Set, School!: a program where low-income children are sponsored by groups or individuals and the children receive a brand new outfit (shoes, underwear, clothes, socks, etc.), a new backpack and school supplies to start their school year off on the best foot possible; and Thanksgiving and Holiday Baskets for families and seniors that would not be able to celebrate these holidays without the community’s help.
Donations from businesses, individuals, service clubs, churches and grants from foundations and federal, state and local governments are IFCS’ major sources of funding. Fundraisers also play an integral part in the continuation of services. In addition to actual funding, donated services and equipment supplement the budget. Thousands of volunteer hours, food, clothing and household items are donated by individuals, schools, churches and community organizations to insure that IFCS can continue to provide much needed services. The support IFCS receives from the community really makes its motto of Neighbors Helping Neighbors a reality.
All services and programs are delivered in a manner that preserves the dignity and sense of self-worth of all clients.
IFCS is an equal opportunity provider in accordance with HUD and USDA nondiscrimination policies.