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International Partners In Mission
Last updated on April 12, 2014

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IPM (International Partners in Mission) works across borders of faith, culture, and economic circumstance with children, women, and youth to create partnerships that build justice, peace, and hope.

IPM Core Principles:
• Shared Partnership where mission is a two-way street where we learn and receive more than we can teach or give.
• Global Awareness that we are all part of an interconnected world community through Immersion Experience Programs and outreach activities.
• Personalization where Project Partners work directly with donors and friends
• Facilitation of partnerships that promote technical assistance and training, project replication, sustainability, and much more.

Description:
IPM lives out this mission through its programming, which includes Project Partnerships, Regional Office Development, and our Immersion Experience Program.

What is an Immersion Experience?
Immersion Experiences are 7-12 day trips where participants travel to the countries of our Project Partners to learn, be present among, and share with our Project Partners and their communities. Immersion Experience Programs are staffed by one of IPM’s International Staff members as well as one of IPM’s Regional Coordinators from the area.

Who can go on an Immersion Experience?
Immersion travel opportunities are open to everyone. IPM has hosted delegations from congregations, corporations, high schools, and universities all over the United States, and also organizes immersion travel for individuals interested in seeing the work of IPM firsthand in Brazil, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, India, Italy, Kenya, Nepal, Nicaragua, Tanzania, and the United States.

History:
IPM’s partnerships span the globe, but begin at home in Cleveland where the international headquarters are located with a strong base of support in Northeast Ohio. IPM has other offices in, El Salvador, India, Italy, Kenya , Nepal, and the USA (Bar Harbor, ME, and St. Louis, MO).

IPM was founded by returning Lutheran missionaries Jim Mayer, Paul Strege, and others, in 1974 as Partners in Mission (PIM). Dissatisfied with the predominant model of mission at the time, PIM began with the belief that mission should be personal and a two-way street. In 1988, PIM changed its name to Christians Linked in Mission (CLM) in recognition of the ecumenical nature of its work. During 2001, CLM moved its international headquarters to Cleveland, Ohio from its original location in St. Louis, Missouri.

In 2002, the organization returned to its roots, changing its name to INTERNATIONAL PARTNERS IN MISSION (IPM) to more ably reflect its international and interfaith identity. In the years since IPM’s headquarters relocated to Cleveland, IPM has more than doubled the number of Project Partners with whom it provides funding and technical support, quadrupled our annual operating budget & staff, built a small but growing endowment, expanded our programmatic offerings with a special emphasis on Immersion Experiences, and opened regional offices in El Salvador, India, and Kenya.

Today, IPM continues to build upon its almost 40-year history among both the local and global communities. Using the original model set forth by its founders, IPM accompanies the materially poor and socially marginalized in their struggle for justice and peace. IPM provides seed money to help small-scale, community-based and democratically governed programs initiate and implement projects by creating personalized partnerships among donors, friends, project coordinators, and participants. In 2003, IPM’s Immersion Experience Program was created to provide donors and friends with short-term travel opportunities to visit with and learn from IPM’s Project Partners

Contact people:
 Ilze Fender, Managing Director & Executive Assistant To The CEO, (phone), (email)
Raluca Besliu, Volunteer Coordinator, (phone), (email)
Christopher Vilevac, (phone), (email)


Main office number: (216) 932-4082
TDD number: 43-1487311
Office fax number: (216) 932-4084

Address:
 3091 Mayfield Road, Suite 320
Cleveland Heights, OH 44118
(See a map)

Web Site: http://www.ipmconnect.org

Directions:

 Located in Cleveland Heights, on the corner of Mayfield Road and Lee Road. We are located on the third floor above Starbucks.
Last updated on April 12, 2014

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