Transforming Lives

The following organization exists to transform the lives of those who are struggling either emotionally or financially. If you are in need of assistance, MIFA may be your answer:

1080072 girl_in_white_holding_her_hands_upFounded in 1968 to find a solution for the poverty and racial division of Memphis, the Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association (MIFA) works to unite the Memphis community and address the challenges of poverty. Through their three main focus areas, MIFA provides services and programs for seniors, families in crisis and teens. The goal of each program is to help individuals sustain their independence, transform their lives and prepare for success.  MIFA’s programs and services include:

MIFA Meals on Wheels: Through Meals on Wheels, homebound elderly and seniors are provided with hot, nutritious lunches for each weekday. To be eligible for the program, individuals must be nutritionally at-risk seniors (over age 60) due to illness or disability and reside in Shelby, Fayette, Tipton or Lauderdale counties.

Handyman Program: This program assists low-income senior homeowners with minor but critical home repairs. Projects are conducted by staff, contractors and volunteers and may include repairs to floors, bathrooms, exterior siding, roofs, windows and doors. Projects may also include electrical, heating and plumbing systems work. For those with physical disabilities, Handyman also constructs wheelchair ramps, installs bathroom grab bars, distributes donated wheelchairs and walkers and offers education on basic home maintenance and energy efficiency.

Senior Companion: Senior Companion pairs low-income, able seniors with homebound, disabled or critically ill peers to provide respite for family caregivers and assist peers with the activities of daily living. Companions are supervised and assigned by local Memphis agencies. To be eligible for this program, companions must be over 55 years of age and complete a 40-hour pre-service training.

MIFA Housing Opportunities: The Housing Opportunities program provides homeless families with transitional housing. The program also offers life skills education, case management services, counseling, employment guidance, housing location, budgeting and debt reduction classes through its Life Skills Institute. To be eligible, applicants must be homeless Shelby County resident with children up to the age of 17. Applicants must be able to prove county residency and homelessness and be employed or employable. Applicants must also undergo background and drug checks.

Emergency Services: Through this program, assistance is provided to the working poor and seniors on fixed incomes who have experienced temporary crises with rent, mortgage payments, utilities, food and other basic necessities. Emergency financial assistance through MIFA is available only once within a 24 month period. To be eligible for assistance, applicants must be Shelby County residents and must be able to document a temporary, unavoidable loss of income or crisis in the household that prevented the ability to pay bills or afford basic necessities. Applicants must also provide the household’s utility cut-off notice, late rent or mortgage notice, proof of household income, proof of address and verification of identification for all household residents.

Emergency Housing: In an effort to prevent homelessness, this program provides assessments and referrals to emergency shelters, transitional housing, rental assistance and rapid re-housing assistance. In conjunction with the Memphis and Shelby County Emergency Housing Partnership, the program works with other agencies to provide services to assist families in gaining and retaining permanent and stable housing .

MIFA Transit: MIFA’s transit program provides seniors with transportation to and from doctor’s appointments, pharmacies, banks, government agencies and congregate meal sites. To be eligible, individuals must be Shelby County seniors with medical, nutritional or counseling transportation needs.

For more information about the programs and services of MIFA, call (901) 527-0208.

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