Kerry Pettit, Executive Director of Interfaith Home Maintenance Services, joined us for our November 20th meeting.

Interfaith began as an ecumenical volunteer agency in the spring of 1974. Former Youngstown Mayor Jack Hunter, made a plea to the community to plan and implement a concerted housing maintenance program for families who were unable to afford necessary home repairs. Interfaith’s purpose is to assist homeowners who have neither the physical nor the financial resources to maintain decent, safe, and sanitary living conditions.

Interfaith operates with a staff of between ten and fourteen people, including crew supervisors and crew workers, an intake worker, office manager and executive director. In addition to providing employment directly, materials are purchased locally to provide further support of the Youngstown economy. Monies received from these various funding sources have enabled Interfaith to complete over 19,000 home repairs since July of 1977; these repairs include, but are not limited to, the areas of plumbing, carpentry, painting, plastering, and furnace repair. 

In addition to monetary donations, Interfaith is also in need of tools/repair materials, office supplies, and gift cards to stores like Lowes, Home Depot, and Walmart. Find out more on their website:

There are currently 250 active applications for services.