InterFaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington Website Enhancements & Print Emergency Services Directory
Created in 1978, the InterFaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington (IFCMW) brings together 11 historic faith communities to promote dialogue, understanding and a sense of community and to work cooperatively for social and economic justice through the D.C. region. IFCMW members currently include the Baha’i, Buddhist, Hindu, Islamic, Jain, Jewish, Latter-day Saints, Protestant, Roman Catholic, Sikh and Zoroastrian faith communities.
Building upon our previous website redesign and development of their online emergency services directory for the Greater Washington, D.C. region, which provides service to more than 300,000 people annually, IFCMW engaged Perisphere in 2017 to further develop significant administrative enhancements to the online emergency directory and to make strategic improvements to their website information architecture and events presentation. These enhancements included deploying the ability to allow organizational representatives for services listed in the emergency services directory to be able to make real-time updates to their records within the database and, on the website, developing a means by which IFCMW could post and promote events for its own activities and those of partner organizations.
Finally, we worked closely with IFCMW staff to layout and design an updated print version (sample here) of the emergency services directory in a compact format which allows service providers, social workers, and others responding to needs of persons and families throughout the area for food, shelter, legal or other assistance to have immediate access to the service organizations. The format of the document was strategized to allow for finding organizations by name through a detailed index and by type and region via a table of contents build around these categories. Finally, brand imagery which reflects the work of the IFCMW provided an aesthetic touch. The print version is frequently used by government agencies throughout the Greater D.C. area, and this print version was the first one completed since 2014.