45 Years of Service& Going Strong
Interfaith Human Services (IHS) is celebrating its 45th year of service.
Discussions of the earliest days of the organization stir our memories, bringing with it images of people we have been able to help and stories of the great needs and multiple challenges that any start-up organization faces.
That early group, first calling themselves Ecumenical Mission in State College, was comprised of friends from various faith groups whose motive was to help their neighbors. One of the first services offered to the community was a telephone answering service to provide help, listen, and refer callers to other agencies who sought assistance. There were several dedicated individuals who received those calls 24/7 and offered the compassion that is still at the heart of the organization. Although Interfaith Human Services has many different programs to assist those in need we are thankful to carry on in the spirit of our beginning.
Above, the logos tell their own story of our journey.
The oikoumene logo (left circle) was the first logo used by the organization. The word oikoumene or ecumene (Greco-Roman) has been used throughout the 20th century to indicate a cooperation among Christian churches.
The outreach logo (middle circle) became the symbol of Christian Mission in the 1980’s. It reflected the churches’ unity and the effort to connect with the community.
The wishing well logo (right circle) became a popular community image from the mid 2000’s until 2011. It was closely associated with Interfaith Mission’s annual fund-raising campaign during the winter holiday season.
The new logo of Interfaith Human Services (bottom) is an expression of the collective work of the organization. It symbolizes the collaborative efforts of communities of faith to serve those in need by building up people, the community, and relationships.
As we celebrate 45 years of service we want to thank those who have supported our efforts in thought, word and deed. This type of collective effort doesn't happen without the generosity and kindness of many.