Interfaith Hospitality Network
Working with a partnership of congregations
IHN within a community helps families who are facing homelessness. The program mobilizes community resources: houses of worship for lodging, congregations for volunteers, social service agencies for assessment and referrals, and existing facilities for day programs. This strategy enables networks to help homeless families achieve lasting independence at a third of the cost of traditional shelters.
St. Mary's hosts families four times a year, providing lodging, dinner and hospitality for our IHN guests.Volunteers are the heart of the program. They can share their time and talents in many ways, usually just for a few hours every three months. Volunteers are asked to assist with cooking and serving dinners, playing with children and helping them with homework, staying overnight with guest families and just being there for children and their families, showing them compassion and respect, and sharing a sense of community.
IHN guests will be at St. Mary's from December 30, 2012 - January 6, 2012.