Our Mission

Life often gives us circumstances beyond our control and, for the individuals and families that we serve, they don’t always have the resources to quickly recover. Interfaith Outreach Association exists to step in during those moments and assist with helping our neighbors in need navigate during their tough times. We provide programs that give education, guidance and support, to identify ways out or ways up. We work with individuals and families to assess their needs, assist them as we can,  and connect them with the many resources in our community that can empower them to improve their situation.

It is our hope that our programs empower the communities that are affected by the immense poverty that our city, and the surrounding areas, face.

Our Impact

IOA serves populations in the city of Lynchburg as well as Amherst, Appomattox, Bedford and Campbell counties. The numbers below reflect the dire circumstances many of our neighbors in need face on a daily basis. 

This is the reality of Central Virginia today:

  • Unsheltered homelessness has increased by 322% since 2019
  • Most families we serve rely on SNAP benefits and Medicaid
  • Homeless shelters remain full
  • Housing is the #1 expense for all, with childcare and healthcare expenses closely following
  • 80% of households we serve include at least 1 child and/or elderly relative
  • Most neighbors served by Interfaith Outreach Association have an income of less than $1,000 per month
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