Interfaith’s move into housing for families began in 1993, when we purchased a single-family house on a large lot in Bellingham and built a four-unit apartment building to fill a need for transitional housing. Through the work of many volunteers and tradespeople, the fourplex was completed two years later. Transitional housing is longer-term housing, with an average stay of about one year. This serves families who need additional time and support. Many are returning to school to increase their skills. Interfaith hires one of the tenants to take care of the property, which has a nice community feel in a residential neighborhood. Just like home.
Interfaith saved me. Having a home of our own was huge. I’ve always been a together, organized person, but things happen. People can be brought down. The help I got was key. It was God’s hand in things. Living here has brought faith to my life.”
A professional welder who was laid off, this mom and teen son couldn’t afford their rent anymore and worried about paying their bills. They needed time to get their lives in order and time to regroup and reclaim their future.
Interfaith’s first single-family home, Little House, is adjacent to our fourplex and was renovated and readied for families at about the same time. Today Congregation Beth Israel provides all the turn-around activities that happen when one family moves out and a new one moves in. Little House is available for short-term, emergency housing.
I reached out for help and it didn’t get rejected. You took my hand and promised you would not let go. You gave me shelter, safety, food, blessing and your heart. Thank you. To think people have cared enough to give us a home, food, time, love…”
The Our House triplex offers homeless families in Ferndale a place to stay in their own community. Through the generosity of more than 600 donors to our community-wide fundraising campaign in 2012, we created the triplex, with one unit designated transitional housing and two units short-term housing. Volunteers from Ferndale area churches, Christ Lutheran, St. Joseph Catholic, United Church of Ferndale, Zion Lutheran and Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints turn-around the units between families.
Thank you very much for giving my family and me a home to live in when we had no other place to go. It makes me feel so happy and glad that I had a home to go to after school and a warm bed to sleep in at night and not having to sleep in a cold car in the winter…”
Carrie, with her three sisters and mom, lived for six months in their van. Their mom had to choose between running the van at night to keep her family warm, or saving gas to drive the girls to school in the morning. But life changed for the better when the family moved into Our House. Today, the family has settled into their own apartment.