Interfaith Outreach Association strives to relieve distress and improve the quality of life for our neighbors in need by providing programs that offer education, guidance, and support. IOA serves as a vehicle for interfaith cooperation in Central Virginia whereby congregations become members of IOA and enter into partnerships with each other, their respective denominations, and community agencies to accomplish its mission. IOA serves the cities of Lynchburg and Bedford and the counties of Amherst, Appomattox, Bedford, and Campbell.

Emergency Assistance Program

Emergency Assistance Program

IOA provides financial assistance to those facing utility cutoffs and evictions. Help is also available for first month’s rent and utility security deposits. Free furniture is available for the needy as well as groceries and toiletries.

Emergency Heating Assistance Program for the Elderly (EHAPE)

Emergency Heating Assistance Program for the Elderly (EHAPE)

IOA provides heating assistance to those 60 years of age or older, who are on a fixed income and have no means to improve their situation.

Progressive Release Program

Progressive Release Program

IOA provides current and former inmates life skills counseling to help them successfully reintegrate into society.

Vision Information and Programs (VIP)

Vision Information and Programs (VIP)

IOA’s VIP program consists of a speaker series, support groups and information stations for people with visual impairments and their caregivers.