IPH Spotlight: Mark Duffy

We are excited to announce a social media series where we will spotlight all things IPH. As we were planning out our first few stories, one person kept shining through, Mark Duffy, Community Engagement Leader, SEFCU. 

Many of you may recognize Mark from years of attending A Taste of Albany, IPH’s signature fundraiser. The event, with Mark’s help, raises $180,000 for programs and services assisting individuals and families who are facing or experiencing homelessness.

Mark has been involved with Taste of Albany for 8 years! For the past 6, he has served as the Event Chairperson- adding unique event elements, increased funding and introducing new friends to IPH and A Taste of Albany (thank you for that!)

We admire Mark for his creativity, energy, wit and charm. His passion for helping our team and making a difference in the lives of the people we serve is inspiring. He is the definition of a true supporter- and we are thankful that we can count on Mark all year round and especially during the planning of A Taste of Albany.

Mark, thank you for helping us navigate the challenges of A Taste of Albany this year. You have been a beam of light and positivity every day.


To make a donation in support of our virtual auction or to donate an auction item, please visit www.atasteofalbany.com

For any questions regarding A Taste of Albany, please email Eric at [email protected]

For any questions regarding A Taste of Albany auction donations, please email Kate at [email protected]

Follow IPH on social media:

Facebook at @interfaithpartnershipforthehomeless
Instagram at @iph_ny
Twitter at @iph_albany

Birthday Celebration at IPH

Tyhisha Ghaffar- Adjei, a member of Guardians of Al-Fitrah and active community member is celebrating her birthday and sharing the joyous occasion with IPH Emergency Shelter Guests on Friday, March 13, 2020 at 1:00pm, 176 Sheridan Avenue, Albany.

The celebration included prepared and served delicious meal, gifts for shelter guests and employees and birthday cake with ice cream for all.

Tyhisha has been volunteering her time and thoughtfully providing meals for the homeless community for close to ten years.  Janine Robitaille, Executive Director of IPH stated “Tyhisha’s  passion for helping individuals who are experiencing challenges such as homelessness is inspiring.  We are grateful for her support of our organization and excited to be celebrating with her.”

Contributors to Tyhisha’s event include: The American Muslim Society of NYS Inc., Abdullah Muhammad, Keith McGee, Sadeeqah Saafir, Faith Muhammad, Rasheedah Hameed, Program director of 518 Snug: Jerome Brown, Beroro Efekoro, Jessica Wilcoxs, Zachary Simpson, John Simpson, Dileep Rathore, Qaadir Islam, Kasir Rasul, Glenda Richardson, Jenna Hameed, Abdul Salaam, Tatiana Cunningham, Fidelia Rodriguez, Villa Italia Bakery and Tincture of Time, LLC.

ATOA Auction Help

Auction Volunteer

A Taste of Albany is the primary fundraiser for IPH. The event is a culinary showcase that brings nearly 800 people together and raises $170,000 each year for IPH. An event of this scale benefits greatly from volunteers, committee members, and interns. The auction alone raises nearly $25,000/ year and is an important part of the event.

This role will work on the IPH Development Team on the auction for A Taste of Albany. Along with support from other members of the IPH Development team and event committee, this position will be responsible for but not limited to:


Mailing letters to auction donors
• Making follow up calls as-needed
• Recording received items into the Google spreadsheet
• Entering the auction items into the website with photos for mobile bidding
• Maintaining the updated Google spreadsheet of auction items


Attention to detail
Positive attitude
Commitment to making A Taste of Albany an amazing experience for all attending and bidding

Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless, soon to be IPH, addresses the needs of the homeless and low-income community by providing a continuum of services to encourage self-sufficiency, empowerment, and stability.

Check out our social media: Facebook @IPHalbany; [email protected]_albany

Check out last year’s event at www.atasteofalbany.com

Apply by sending a letter of interest to Kate Nitti, Development Associate, at [email protected] 


5 New Apartments

The transformation is phenomenal. A few more weeks of construction and IPH will be ready to open the doors of the new Hoffman Family Center, home to Community Connections and 5 apartments for chronically homeless individuals living with a disability.

If you’d like to help with the finishing touches, we’d be honored:http://a.co/iGiKYSE

The former St. Casimir’s School in Albany is undergoing a beautiful renovation that honors the history of the building and the needs of the community. It will open in September 2019 as The Hoffman Family Center. In this building, there are 5 new apartments for chronically homeless individuals living with a disability and our Community Connections program which offers a daily hot meal, showers, laundry, case management, clothing pantry, food pantry, and more.

Summer Wish List 2019

The needs of our programs change as the seasons change. The hot weather can be as challenging as the cold weather. If you are able to help, items can be ordered on Amazon and shipped directly to IPH or to start a donation drive, contact Kara at [email protected].

IPH by the Numbers

Making an impact! In 2018, IPH served over 2,000 guests.

We’re Hiring

Join Team IPH

Our programs are growing and we’re hiring! All of our job openings are listed on Indeed.com. Search for Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless for a full listing.

ATOA 2019

Thank you to our Sponsors, Restaurants, Honorary Committee, Event Committee, Volunteers, Attendees, and Bidders! The funds raised go directly to the programs and services of IPH.



Campaign for Community Connections Update


At the end of 2018, we successfully completed the $5.8 million capital campaign. Construction on both buildings is underway!

In fall 2019, IPH’s Community Connections will be moving into its new home, The Hoffman Family Center in the former St. Casimir’s School at 315 Sheridan Ave. Healthy Connections will be situated in the former St. Casimir’s Convent at 317 Sheridan Ave next door.

Hoffman Car Wash & Jiffy Lube and the Hoffman family donated over $500,000 to the project in the largest single contribution it has ever made to a non-profit. “The need is real, and it’s impossible to ignore those in the community who struggle the most- the homeless, the hungry, and the poor. Together we embrace possibility, together we will help IPH improve lives,” says Carrie Hoffman, IPH board member and Hoffman family member.


 To learn more about these programs or about the Grand Opening later in 2019, please contact Bonnie at 518-434-8021 x107 or [email protected]

The Story of Chris


The frigid cold finally took its toll. Despite being homeless, Chris avoided staying in shelters. Instead, he slept outside near the Capitol, in abandoned buildings, or in the park. However, the winter of 2014 was the coldest weather he’d experienced, and it forced him to find warmth and respite.

When Chris arrived at the Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless (IPH) Emergency Shelter for Code Blue, he didn’t realize that he’d be changing his life and inspiring a new program at IPH.

Due to the bitter cold, the dorms filled to capacity, but Chris and 12 others slept on the couches at the shelter. IPH worked tirelessly to develop a way to provide more. IPH’s Safe Haven was opened with cots, hot meals, staff, and case managers to assist Chris and other individuals from the streets of Albany who needed these services.

Safe Haven provided warmth and safety that this community needed. Although the first signs of spring were met with enthusiasm, the adversity of the winter still hung heavily. Chris approached staff to show his gratitude… “You guys saved my life this winter.”

Alcohol and drugs influenced Chris’ decisions and led to his homelessness. “I was scared when I started sleeping on the streets, but I didn’t know how to change things,” he admitted.

Winter came again the next year, and Chris was back at Safe Haven without hesitation. He was in the same situation and knew now that he had a safe place to go. The second season saw an overall increase in guests needing shelter, in large part, because Chris and previous guests were spreading the word. Friends had died on the streets in the cold, and Chris didn’t want anyone else to suffer.

At IPH, he met staff who were accepting and motivational. Chris visited the on-site nurse, talked with case managers, and started to see another possibility for his life. Staff guided Chris towards resources. After a second try at treatment, Chris is proudly one-year sober. After 4 years of homelessness, Chris has his own apartment. After years of unemployment, he works hard every day at his new job.

The 4 year journey together is far from over. Chris moved into IPH’s permanent, supportive housing this summer and works with his case manager on his goal to maintain his sobriety, job, and housing. He’s staying steady and grateful.

Healthier, clean, and stable, Chris looks and feels like a different person. “On the street, I was just trying to survive. I felt so hopeless. Now, I am happy where I am. I am proud. I never knew this was possible for me.”

Spark new possibilities with a donation to IPH’s Annual Fund.

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There are so many ways that you can help us help others.