Mission & Programs

The Interfaith Council to Prevent Homelessness (IFCH) is thrilled that our candidate, Coleen (Tinker Bell) Carette won the unofficial mayor race with over $20,000 in votes. She worked so hard to raise that money, and we are blown away with her success.

More important even than the money is her help in raising awareness of the needs in our community and the fact that we all must pitch in to help our struggling families, isolated elders and estranged individuals. Please donate online now!

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Our Mission is to identify and respond to the needs of those who either are homeless or are at risk of becoming homeless. We encourage movement toward independence in those we help and, when appropriate, refer clients to professionals in other organizations.

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Most people do not realize that many of the homeless, or about to become homeless, are families with children.

Vashon’s Interfaith Council to Prevent Homelessness is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization made up of representatives from faith groups and others on the island. All of our support comes from donations from people who care. Won’t you give?

We try to provide housing for our Vashon community’s homeless & near homeless. The majority (90%) of people assisted by IFCH only need help once.

We have helped families with children, elderly people, single men and women, and couples, Many are homeless due to mental health issues.

Many homeless, or about to become homeless, are elderly.

Many homeless, or about to become homeless, are elderly.

Others are the working poor in our community whose income has not kept up with the cost of living. They are often one illness or other tragedy away from losing their housing.

We provide a number of services to help these people find everything from temporary shelter to long-term, low-cost housing. We are totally volunteer based.

What Else Do We Provide
  • Some rental assistance.
  • Warm meals every day year round from our ongoing meal program.
  • Volunteers to help with transportation, advocacy, and other client support.
  • “Care Kits” containing personal hygiene products distributed by the food bank and local churches, and other locations.
  • Assistance with moving, credits for washing of clothes, emergency funds for food, gas, utilities, medical costs, and other short-term needs.