InterServ 2016-19 Strategic Plan - HERE

Our Mission

“Through the sharing of God’s love, we seek out and assist those in need, so all may live their lives more fully and more capably."

We Believe

All life is sacred, a reflection of God.Our interactions must give dignity to all human beings.

We are all part of the human family and we are connected to a world community.

Every person is blessed with talents and we are called to share those talents to improve the world.

All persons need the opportunity to participate in society to see their value and ability in building up the human family.

The earth and its resources are a gift from God and we are responsible for being good stewards and sharing those resources.

God’s presence is revealed to us through our relationship with the poor and vulnerable.

Board of Directors

Joyce Edwards

Vice President
Ken Newton

Rev. Krista Kiger

Cheryl Anderson

Beth Cobb
Thelma Wyrick
Dr. George Mulder
Dennis Merritt
Dr. Jimmy Albright
Shelly Dreier
Carolyn Sampson
Josh Emberton
Danielle McGaughy
Molly Pierce
Linda Judah
Gary Silvey
Betty Akard
Kendal Evans
Anna Schwarz
Fritz Hegeman
Steve Lovely
Joey Austin
Scott Killgore
Kendal Evans
Denise Pryor
Alonzo Weston





We Value

A commitment to serve others.

A desire to bring people together to identify, discuss and solve community problems.

A determination to impact social policy as an advocate for the vulnerable in society.

Vision Statement

Faithfully Serving People

Our History

For 100 years, InterServ has stood as a symbol of hope for individuals and families in St. Joseph, bringing community leaders, volunteers, and churches together to counter the effects of poverty on children, youth, elderly and families. Since 1909, we have worked to seek out and assist those in need, so that all may live their lives more fully and more capably. From our rich heritage as an outreach mission of the Methodist Church to the ecumenical ministry we have become today, our history (and our future) is built on a foundation of faith and an unwavering determination to advocate on behalf of those with the fewest alternatives.

From the very beginning, when a group of women from the Methodist Episcopal Church opened the doors of Wesley House to offer citizenship classes and support to immigrants seeking employment in the stockyards and packing plants in St. Joseph, InterServ has shaped the social service landscape in our community—responding to ever-changing needs and challenges. With Deaconess Miss Francis Scott leading the mission, Wesley House, in conjunction with the Jr. League, organized a milk station serving milk every afternoon and each Saturday to groups of mothers and children who were encouraged to stay at the station and drink all the milk they wanted. As the early programs grew, new programs were formed to address emerging needs. The Mother's Club, a support group to help immigrant mothers learn to live in a new culture, offered night classes in English with an emphasis on Americanization that enabled adult students to become naturalized citizens.

As convener and advocate, InterServ has built a reputation as a leader in our community. St. Joseph's first Childcare Center for working parents was, and still is located at Wesley Center. Our Elderly Nutrition and Homemaker programs were one of the first established in the state. Today, our Mobile Meals program, which began in the early 1970's, is the largest in the area, serving over 74,000 meals to homebound seniors each year.

Under the direction of Joyce Raye Patterson and later David G. Berger, InterServ pressed forward to meet new challenges and reflect changing times. Gone is the milk station, but in its place InterServ worked to develop the summer "Playground" to keep young children safe and active, after school programs for youth, and senior housing across the city. The popular sport of boxing gave way to Olympic weightlifting in the youth program and a transitional living program for abused women and their children teaches independent living skill through one-on-one counseling and support was established. Even as we dream for the future and make the vision of a safe haven and transitional housing for the chronic homeless a reality, we have also returned to our past to serve a growing immigrant population.

Through the years, InterServ has seen many changes—our programs and services, our location, even our name has changed, but our mission has remained the same. In the late 1960's and early 1970's partnerships were formed with other church-related ministries; first with Catholic Social Services, then Presbyterian Community Action Programs, and later with Midland Empire Regional Ministry. Our ministry is linked to National Division and the Missouri Conference of the United Methodist Church, the Heartland Presbytery, and the Missouri Mid-South Conference of the United Church of Christ bringing about the name Interfaith Community Services (InterServ) which represents both who were are and what we do. InterServ is the bridge between communities of faith, neighbors, government programs and community volunteers bring diverse groups together in mission, service and advocacy.

For almost a century, we have actively responded to the needs of the community by developing programs and services relevant to the needs of the people. Today, under the leadership of David G. Howery, InterServ still stands as a beacon of hope, providing comprehensive social services that reach vulnerable populations throughout Northwest Missouri. Individual & Family Assistance, Counseling and Case Management, Immigrant Services, In-Home Services, Professional Medical Services, Elderly Nutrition, Infant/Childcare, Youth Programs and Volunteer Opportunities address issues that impact the individuals and families that make our community, and our region, strong.

Through the years InterServ has seen many changes— our programs and services, our location, even our name has changed. However, our mission and our values remain the same.

"Wesley House cooperates with churches of all denominations and serves people of varying backgrounds and status. Its purpose is to develop those who enroll in its activities physically, mentally, socially, and spiritually. It strives to meet and help solve the problems of human relationships by applying the teachings of Jesus in a practical way."