2013 Director’s Community Leadership Awards

Houston Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston

Director Comey and Elliot Gershenson

Elliot Gershenson accepts the award on behalf of Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston.
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The Houston Division honors Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston for bringing together people of all faiths to collaborate in service to disadvantaged families in the Houston area. Accepting the award on behalf of the organization is Elliot Gershenson.

Established in 1992, Interfaith Ministries works with 10 communities of faith, including the Baha’i, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jain, Jewish, Muslim, Sikh, Unitarian Universalist, and Zoroastrian communities. Together, they provide services such as interfaith relations, refugee assistance, and Meals on Wheels.

Through the iFaith program, more than 150 teens exchange ideas about incorporating faith into their daily lives. The Refugee Services program has worked with government agencies to resettle more than 400 people representing 15 countries, ensuring that each refugee becomes self-sufficient within six months of arrival. Interfaith Ministries’ highly successful Meals on Wheels for Greater Houston program serves more than 1.4 million meals per year to senior citizens in the Houston area. More than 4,500 seniors are enrolled in the daily meal program.

The Houston Division regularly partners with Interfaith Ministries to support interfaith events, to educate teens about hostility and faith relations, and to advance cooperation between different groups of faith by emphasizing shared beliefs.


FBI Director Recognizes
Distinguished Community Leaders
Director’s Community Leadership Awards

In a ceremony at FBI Headquarters on April 4, 2014, Director James B. Comey recognized the recipients of the 2013 Director’s Community Leadership Award. These leaders, selected by their area FBI field office, have demonstrated outstanding contributions to their local communities through service. The FBI is grateful for the work of each of these individuals and organizations on behalf of their communities.

“This year’s honorees have distinguished themselves in remarkable ways through their hard work, their leadership, and their strength of character,” said Director Comey. “They are ordinary citizens, but what they have accomplished is nothing short of extraordinary.”

Recipients of the 2013 Director’s Community Leadership Award are:

- Albany
- Albuquerque
- Anchorage
- Atlanta
- Baltimore
- Birmingham
- Boston
- Buffalo
- Charlotte
- Chicago
- Cincinnati
- Cleveland
- Columbia
- Dallas
- Denver
- Detroit
- El Paso
- Honolulu
- Houston
- Indianapolis
- Jackson
- Jacksonville
- Kansas City
- Knoxville
- Las Vegas
- Little Rock
- Los Angeles
- Louisville
- Memphis

- Milwaukee
- Minneapolis
- Mobile
- New Haven
- New Orleans
- New York
- Newark
- Norfolk
- Oklahoma City
- Omaha
- Philadelphia
- Phoenix
- Pittsburgh
- Portland
- Richmond
- Sacramento
- Salt Lake City
- San Antonio
- San Diego
- San Francisco
- San Juan
- Seattle
- Springfield
- St. Louis
- Tampa
- Washington Field
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