A lot of people ask if Tracy Interfaith Ministries is a church, or if you have to be religious in order to receive help from us. It’s a valid question, given that our name includes the words “faith” and “ministries.” The quick answer is no, we are not a church, and no, you do not have to be religious to receive help from us.
The slightly longer answer is that Tracy Interfaith Ministries was founded by several churches. Back in 1988, Tracy Interfaith was created by churches as a place where they could pool their resources and work together to more efficiently serve the needy in town.
Currently, many of these churches continue to support us and our mission. For example, our board consists of representatives from churches in town, and several churches donate to us regularly. They also provide volunteers, and help us with our Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners and gifts. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints even donates thousands of dollars worth of food to us every year from their storehouses.
With that being said, there are no religious requirements to receiving services. We don’t ask anyone about their religious affiliation or deny anyone services if they are not religious. We will serve anyone who qualifies. We appreciate and rely on the support of the churches, but we just want to help as many people as we can, no matter what.