Guilford Interfaith Volunteers

Neighbor Helping Neighbor.

Guilford Interfaith Ministries started from a conversation in 1985 that Dr. Elisabeth Adams had with a priest at St. George Catholic Church. One part of Dr. Adams’ practice was doing home visits. In addition to nursing care, she would provide food to her patients when needed. Dr. Adams’ conversation led to a gathering together of the faith groups of Guilford to address the need of feeding our frail, elderly residents. Out of that gathering of faith groups, GIM and the Guilford Meals on Wheels program was born with the mission “neighbor helping neighbor.” The town of Guilford provided the cook and kitchen through the Parks and Recreation Department and on July 15, 1985, 12 hot meals were delivered.

The founding faith groups were St. George Roman Catholic Church, Christ Episcopal Church, Temple Beth Tikvah, First Congregational Church, North Guilford Congregational Church, St. John’s Episcopal Church and Shoreline Unitarian Universalist Society. Today these faith communities, together with First Church of Christ Scientist, Vineyard Church and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, provide leadership to GIM through Board Members as well as financial support.

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