Alliance for Interfaith Ministries is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charitable nonprofit organization whose primary purpose is to help residents of Albemarle County and Charlottesville attain self-sufficiency and stability.
Now celebrating our 40th year of being Here to Help
AIM helps residents navigate the "safety net" of programs in our area, and directly through AIM Programs:
Direct assistance on behalf of an approved client - Housing stability assistance and eviction prevention; Utility assistance and disconnection prevention; and Crisis assistance. Clients are never provided cash or checks.
SPECIAL AIM PROGRAMS
Secure Seniors Program (SSP)
AIM provides security deposit and first month's rent assistance to PACEM-referred homeless seniors to eliminate senior homelessness in our region. We partnered with PACEM to create this program. Deposits are returned to AIM to be recycled for another SSP client. All SSP clients are automatically enrolled in AIM's Senior Reach Program the day they move into their new home. They are provided a welcome basket, furniture, linens and towels, kitchen starter kit, food, cleaning supplies, and so much more.
Expanded Secure Seniors Case Management
Ongoing case management provided to SSP clients (and their landlords) to troubleshoot issues and ensure SSP clients stay securely housed. AIM keeps their cases open indefinitely and continues to provide monthly deliveries of food, supplies and other items and continues two-way communication with these clients to ensure they stay housed and avoid a crisis that would again place them at risk of homelessness.
Senior Reach Program
Provides twice monthly delivery of non-perishable, fresh and frozen foods and once monthly deliveries of cleaning supplies, paper goods, personal care items and other needs using donated food and items. Delivery by staff and dedicated volunteers to very low-income AIM senior clients. Matches trained volunteers with clients who lack community and family supports and have trouble navigating systems in our community. All these clients are surviving on incomes ranging from $650 to $1,100 per month and many pay market-rate rents.
Domestic Violence Fresh Start Program
AIM provides security deposit and first month's rent assistance to enable recent survivors of domestic violence escape situations for independent housing. We receive referrals from court victim advocates, Shelter for Help in Emergency (SHE), Social Services, etc. Deposits are returned to AIM to be recycled for another survivor to use.
Home Again Program - provided more than $29,000 worth of donated furniture to residents in need in 2021 alone!
Provides donated items to those in dire need or starting over; run by dedicated staff and volunteers. This program is limited to select AIM clients and formal referrals by socialworkers and caseworkers from other area safety net agencies. AIM is a state-certified sanitizer, which allows us to immediately take in donated excellent and good condition furniture and mattresses and provide them to those in dire need as requested/needed.