Historical Timeline


  • Inter-Faith Council (IFC) forms as Inter-Church Council to continue the work of Committee of Church Women United


  • IFC clothing distribution program begins (Turned over to PTA Thrift Shop in 1978)

  • School lunch program begins (Absorbed by the federal Office of Economic Opportunity)
  • Pre-School readiness program begins (Now done by HeadStart)
  • Helps family build a house (Now done by Habitat for Humanity)


  • IFC becomes a United Way Agency


  • Tutorial program for Chapel Hill-Carrboro elementary schools OEO begins (Spun off to Campus Y)

  • Establishes Loan and Grant Fund
  • Furniture Collection/Distribution program begins


  • Committee for low-income, integrated housing starts planning for Chase Park & Elliott Woods

  • Starts Community Program for Aging (Became a town agency in 1970 and then became a county department)


  • Organizes Inter-Agency Council (Now Association of Community Agencies)


  • Establishes Food Pantry at Wilson Street


  • Sponsors VISTA project to develop community centers (Four family resource centers still exist)


  • Advocates for local Employment Security Commission office


  • Completes Chase Park and Elliott Woods apartments (Currently operated by Inter-Church Housing Corp.)


  • Develops INFO, County-wide Information and Referral Service


  • Coordinates community response to Vietnam refugees


  • Develops Friends of Nursing Home Patients (Becomes county responsibility in 1979)


  • Housing Committee forms to build housing
 for the elderly and disabled


  • Weatherization project begins (suspended in 1988)

  • Coordinates statewide effort to repeal food tax
  • Gives "Children's Services News" space and support (turned over to Child Care Networks in 1984)
  • Budget counseling started for IFC clients


  • Advocates for uniform housing code (adopted in 1983)


  • Community Kitchen opens at Masonic Lodge; moves to Merritt Mill Rd. in 1985; moves to Community House in 1990

  • Infant Car Seat Project (spun off to County Health Dept. in 1988)


  • Adelaide Walters Apartments for elderly and handicapped built and dedicated (now operated by Community Housing Alternatives)


  • IFC Shelter Program begins at churches, then in old town jail


  • Senior Support Service works with patients released early from hospital (ended in 1989)


  • CROP Walk sponsorship begins

  • Mayor’s Task Force formed to establish permanent emergency shelter location


  • IFC 25th Anniversary Celebration


  • Medical Clinic opens at Community House


  • New Community House (Emergency Shelter/Community Kitchen) opens at Old Municipal Building


  • Initiates Social Worker Services at Community House

  • Legal Clinic opens at Community House
  • Sponsors successful grant application for AIDS Service Agency Family Care Home


  • 30th Anniversary Musical Salute

  • Home visits for house-bound Family Service clients


  • "Project HomeStart," transitional family home receives HUD grant

  • Smart Start provides social workers for homeless and at-risk children
  • On-site mental health and substance abuse services at Community House
  • Pediatric Clinic for shelter children begins
  • Employment Project for recovering homeless individuals (Spun off to Freedom House in 1997)


  • Hires first Executive Director


  • Family Connection Program for low-income families
 is created
  • Contracted with the Piedmont Consortium to administer Ryan White funds to assist people living with HIV and AIDS (Spun off to AIDS Service Agency of Orange County in 1997).


  • Relocation Committee formed for Wilson Street programs and staff

  • Transitional housing facility construction begins
  • First Kitchen Coordinator hired


  • Opening of Project HomeStart for homeless families

  • IFC begins Hispanic Outreach Initiative


  • Chapel Hill Mayor organizes IFC Relocation Taskforce

  • IFC moves its Wilson Street office to Douglas Building in Carrboro


  • IFC Board of Directors conducts an agency-wide strategic planning process

  • IFC establishes a Continuum of Care Committee to end homelessness


  • IFC Board of Directors approves new 3-year strategic plan

  • Hillel Foundation implements Project Rush Hour, a student-led initiative to combat poverty and hunger


  • A Stewards Fund grant pays for renovations to the IFC Food Pantry and Community Services operations in Carrboro


  • IFC purchases the Douglas Building in Carrboro for Community Services operations

  • HUD funding for Project HomeStart ends
  • Reorganized HomeStart plans announced by IFC for homeless women and children
  • 40th anniversary celebration


  • IFC congregations host men’s shelter and kitchen services during Town renovations
 of Old Municipal Building
  • IFC and Chapel Hill Mayor convene planning group to address homelessness and new facilities


  • Dedication and installation of Community House tile mosaic

  • HomeStart's Building C reopens in December after a March fire
  • Douglas Building holds first multi-agency open house


  • Chapel Hill Church of Christ establishes Carol Smith and Ruth Monk Emergency Assistance Fund for the Food Pantry


  • Food Pantry kicks off new membership program

  • Local business persons organized to explore best practices for Food Operations and Comprehensive Service Center
  • IFC's Robert Nixon Free Clinic for the Homeless becomes Federal TORT Claims Act certified
  • New liaison structure formed to strengthen partnerships with congregations


  • UNC Chancellor, Chapel Hill Mayor and IFC Executive Director announce new partnership and property location for Men's Residential Facility near the United Church of Chapel Hill 

  • Community House open 24/7 again
  • Volunteers health professionals establish new mental health services at Community House
  • Joe Herzenberg, former Chapel Hill Town Council member, leaves estate gift for Community House
  • Board approves recommendations from local business group to combine Community Kitchen and Food Pantry in one location to be known as FoodFirst


  • UNC Hospitals jump starts mental health services at HomeStart

  • HomeStart Family Assistance Fund established by donors
  • Town of Chapel Hill and UNC begin Special Use Permit (SUP) process for relocating Community House on UNC land
  • Farmer Foodshare is formed and begins distributing fresh, locally grown produce to IFC clients


  • Awarded United Way of the Greater Triangle "Agency of Excellence" status for the first time


  • Chapel Hill Town Council approved a Special Use Permit (SUP) for the IFC’s new Community House Men’s Transitional Housing Facility
  • Good Neighbor Plan Advisory Committee formed
  • The Dispute Settlement Center hired to faciliate Good Neighbor Plan meetings


  • The Chapel Hill Town Council unanimously approves the IFC’s Good Neighbor Plan (GNP)
  • 25th Annual Chapel Hill-Carrboro CROP Hunger Walk held


  • IFC 50th anniversary 
  • 25th annual RSVVP (Restaurants Sharing Ten Percent)
  • IFC launches capital campaign for the new Community House
  • IFC hires its first Medical Coordinator


  • Groundbreaking Ceremony for the new Community House
  • IFC receives a $1,000,000 gift from the State Employees Credit Union for the IFC @ SECU Community House
  • IFC announces the successful conclusion of the Campaign for a New Community House


  • IFC launches capital campaign for new Carrboro building
  • IFC adds Permanent Supportive Housing program
  • Awarded GSK Impact Award and Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce Non-profit of the Year Award.
  • 30th annual RSVVP for IFC; Founder Irene Briggaman retires.
  • IFC is awarded federal funds to expand Permanent Supportive Housing Program


  • Food Pantry and administrative offices move to 100 W. Rosemary Street during construction of new building.
  • IFC provides case management for new Master-Lease program, a public-private collaboration to increase affordable housing for people making less than 30% AMI.