Who We Serve

Our guests come from the five counties of the Mid-Shore region (Talbot, Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, and Queen Anne’s).  We serve both individuals and families who are experiencing, or are on the brink of, homelessness.  Because of the stigma surrounding homelessness, guests often do not feel comfortable revealing their identities, but that doesn’t mean that they don’t want to share their stories.  Scroll down to hear directly from our guests about their experiences in our S4 Program (Shelter, Stability, Support, Success)!

Guest Stories

Jennifer's Story

Jennifer and her family have been with us for several years, and are now transitioning from our program to the Habitat Choptank program to work towards homeownership!  We are so proud of them!  

Rick's Story

Rick narrates a letter he wrote about his journey at TIS with his son, with whom he shares an incredible bond.

Kelly's Story

Kelly has been with TIS for almost three years.  She and her family have come a long way, and are nearing graduation from the S4 Program.  Go Kelly!

Sally & Bobby's Story*

Sally and Bobby* are a great TIS success story!  They joined us with their toddler son, and have truly thrived in our program.  Read Sally’s letter HERE.

*Names changed at request of guests.

Dina's Story

Dina and her beautiful family had an incredible journey through the S4 program.  She was able to follow her dreams, and is currently finishing up nursing school!  Read her story HERE!

Hear more from our guests!

“I never really knew the responsibilities of being an adult until I was put in a place where I had to grow up.  Interfaith Shelter brought me into the light.  TIS is giving me the confidence, courage, and character to face manhood, fatherhood, being a husband and an employee with the hope that all will be well.”

“Without the help of TIS, I honestly don’t know how my family would have survived.  We have actually begun to thrive since our beginning here.  I am eternally grateful, more than I could ever say.”

“What does [TIS]  mean to me?  A temporary home for me and my daughter and my boyfriend to live as a family… To be able to have a place to stay – a stable place for her – food on the table every night, I know that she’s not going hungry, I know she’s not in the street… It’s just like a big blessing.”

“You never know who is giving and who is not because there are so many people, but it would be great to be able to say thank you… So thank you to the whole group of volunteers and donors and everything, because you don’t know how much you change peoples’ lives through TIS.”

“It’s given me a sense of hope, a sense of feeling that I know everything is going to be ok, regardless of what I’m going through.  It has given me courage.  It’s given me the strength to keep fighting and going on every day for my daughter.”

“COVID 19 has been a very scary and stressful time in our lives, but having TIS as part of our daily resource,we have been able to stay safe and healthy!  With the help of TIS and the local restaurants my 2  children and I have had full bellies, and big smiles every night!  We’re so grateful for Talbot Interfaith Shelter and their staff/volunteers!!!!  You truly take care of your own community.”

“TIS saved my life.”

“To all the organizations helping us during this pandemic, thank you and God bless you all.  You show me that even when times are hard there is always a light at the end of the tunnel.”

Pictures Drawn By Our "TIS Kids"!