In 1981, area congregations and community social service agencies created AIM as the central organization for disbursing funds to clients who seek assistance for temporary emergencies for utilities, housing, transportation, medical expenses, or other needs. The founders believed that a central agency would be able to address the possibility of fraud where people travel from congregation to congregation with the same story. For the first 7 years, AIM was solely volunteer-run.

AIM now receives financial support from 34 faith-based organizations as well as foundations and grants, individuals, service clubs, and businesses.

The office is staffed by one part-time director, one part-time intake specialist, and dedicated volunteers.