The Attleboro Area Interfaith Collaborative was founded on May 8, 1946 with nineteen churches as charter members including eleven from Attleboro, and the YMCA. Today our participants and supporters have grown to include over 100 houses of worship of diverse denominations.
For 23 years, the Masonic Temple in Attleboro served as the first “home” for the AAIC offices. In 1970, the offices were moved to Murray Unitarian Universalist Church, Attleboro. In 2002 the offices were located at 7 North Main Street in Attleboro. Later AAIC moved to 95 Pine Street, Attleboro, in the old Richardson School. In 2020, the organization operated remotely in response to the impact of the pandemic. In 2021, it officially transitioned its office space with the Attleboro YMCA – Downtown Branch.
On January 24, 2017, the Attleboro Area Council of Churches changed its name to Attleboro Area Interfaith Collaborative. The new name was chosen to better reflect the vision of the founders to promote dialogue between diverse houses of worship and honor the diversity of the faith beliefs of its volunteers and the community-at-large.
Attleboro Area Interfaith Collaborative has been led by nine executives: the Rev. Daniel Potter, the Rev. Arthur Rinden, the Rev. Robert Ryder, Carolyn L. Bronkar, Elaine Gaetani, Janet Long, Dorothy Embree, and Kat Wright. Lisa Piscatelli is the ninth and current Executive Director.
The emergency food and homeless prevention programs operating under the auspices of the Attleboro Area Interfaith Collaborative include Food n’ Friends Daily Kitchens, Family Cafés, Kids Summer Cafés, Resource Junction, and Homes With Heart. We also employ an Interfaith Chaplain at Sturdy Memorial Hospital.