"Plant a kernel of wheat and you reap a pint, plant a pint and you reap a bushel. Always the law works to give you back more than you give." - Anthony Newell
Beginning in 2008 we initiated a marvelous opportunity for meeting “unmet” needs in our community. This nonprofit public charity, totally independent of the University of Virginia (UVA) Medical Center, is dedicated to patients and family members who travel great distances to be served by this magnificent medical institution in Charlottesville, Virginia.
The opportunity of which I speak was the formation of a Virginia non-religious, no stock, non-profit public charity, managed and guided by a totally volunteer staff. The initial core needs were categorized as assistance with temporary lodging, food, co-pay and travel assistance.
Those in need of immediate temporary assistance live away from our community. They are from all parts of Virginia, West Virginia, and other surrounding states. They may include a visiting family member(s) in a caregiver or comforting role, and those outpatients who receive diagnosis and periodic treatment at the UVA Medical Center.
In all cases a social worker has screened and determined that each recipient of assistance is underfunded, uninsured, or has a variety of mixed deficiencies whereby they cannot balance vital needs upon arrival. Close coordination with UVA Health System Office of Social Work allows for an immediate helping hand for contact every day all day.
In these initial few years we have learned and adapted for being more effective, which includes continuing efforts through diversity for fund-raising, re-structuring and creating a program for making and providing full-day meal packets to the hospital, and reaching out to groups and individuals for contributions with monthly updates through our e-mails and blog entries.
Many objectives are related in greater detail in this website, including our future vision to acquire a farm property to consolidate the mission of meeting the physical needs aforementioned, while providing a tranquil environment to encompass spiritual and psychological counseling and support. More strategically we must ready ourselves for increasing numbers of patients and families. Lodging and food services needs will out-pace our small community’s ability to assist, and the development of a dedicated space can vastly benefit the overflow and expand the safety net.
- US IRS Declaration of 501(3)(c) Status
- US IRS Federal Year 2012 Form 990
- US IRS Federal Year 2011 Form 990
- US IRS Federal Year 2010 Form 990
- US IRS Federal Year 2009 Form 990
- Commonwealth of VA Dept. of Agriculture Approval Letter 2013
- Commonwealth of VA Tax Exempt Notification
In addition, we are a certified participant and member of the GuidestarUSA national database for trusted non-profit verification, and a certified member of the national donation center organization Network For Good. Please check these sites for more specific information and updated company profile. Locally, IHS is an active member of Center for Non-profit Excellence (CNE) in Charlottesville, Virginia.
We are here and seeking to make a vital difference NOW. Our immediate vision is absolutely focused on lifting immediate burdens from people already in the midst of the most stressful times of their lives. We are speaking of lodging, food, co-pay and assisting them in getting here and back home. WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT.
Blessings…Thomas Wade Clegg III, President & Founding Member of IHS
Interfaith Humanitarian Sanctum, Inc. - PO Box 163 - Palmyra, Virginia 22963