Interfaith Emergency ServicesInterfaith Emergency Services Contact: Karla Grimsley
Interfaith Emergency Services provides a full range of services and assistance for residents of Marion County. We serve individuals and families in need. Clients are referred to Interfaith by churches, synagogues, and public services agencies. We provide the basic needs such as food, clothing, shelter, and much more to enhance the quality of life for families and individuals. In 2013, Interfaith Emergency Services through outreach and services touched the lives of more than 30,000 people in Marion County. Interfaith does not discriminate against race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age or disabilities in hiring practices or provision of services.
Interfaith Emergency Services is a community of faith called by God to offer emergency assistance without judgment to all persons in Marion County.
“I need help, where do I go?”
If you are in need of assistance you are encouraged to dial 2-1-1 on your phone to use United Way’s referral system. This free information and referral service can link people with questions or problems to organizations, agencies or programs that meet their needs, 24 hours a day, in your local area. Clients can access 2-1-1’s service in any language. Simply let the 2-1-1 specialist know what language you speak when you call. They have the most thorough and up-to-date information available.
“I need help with food and clothing – what is available?”
Our Food Pantry is open Monday through Friday, from 9am – 1100am and 1pm – 330pm. Our office is located at 435 NW 2nd Street. You will need to bring proper identification including a photo ID and social security card for each family member. Service is primarily for Marion County residents but assistance is offered one time for out of county/state.
For those outside Ocala, our other pantry locations include: Reddick (each Wednesday – Thursday) and Our Savior Lutheran Church in Marion Oaks (every Tuesday). Interfaith also supports satellite pantries in partnership with local churches on the 3rd Saturday of the month at Fellowship Baptist and First Baptist of Ft McCoy.
Other services provided include clothing, hygiene items and “reader” eye glasses. Assistance for emergency prescriptions is available for Marion County residents with an original prescription from a Marion County doctor (some restrictions apply). ID Cards can be obtained with proper documentation. Work boots are available with a letter from your employer addressing the specific need for work boots. Gas Vouchers can be requested for travel to Shands Medical facilities only (original appointment card required). For more information, call our office at 352.629.8868.