The Interfaith Hospitality Network at NAM has undergone a transformation effective October, 2015, and is now the Interfaith Homeless Network.
This program is a collaboration of congregations working together to meet the needs of local families who are homeless.
IHN is open to any family who is homeless or transitioning from homelessness. This may include families served by NAM’s Housing Services, those referred by congregations or other local social service agencies, or families who contact NAM for assistance and meet certain criteria.
Congregations may participate in one of three ways:
- Meeting specific needs. Participating congregations will receive a list of requests about three times a year, addressing needs for specific families. Requests may include a variety of things such as household items, move-in kits, cleaning items, transportation expenses, or limited financial assistance as it pertains to the transition from homelessness to stable housing.
- Search and Place Teams. These teams will be trained to help families in NAM’s Homes for School Children program find a safe, affordable place to live.
- Donation drives. Congregations may choose to do donation drives for items such as coats, blankets, move-in kits, or other items needed by families served by the program.
In fiscal year 2014-15, IHN:
- provided 2,768 nights of shelter to families transitioning from homelessness.
- 100% of participating families completed the program and exited to stable housing.
- 20 host congregations provided 18,407 volunteer hours to assist families with shelter, meals, and activities for children.
For more information, please contact Karen Weakly, Director of IHN, at (281) 885-4567.
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From a grateful family
"Before coming to IHN, as bad as everything was, I knew I wanted better for my kids. And I knew I was the only one who could fix it. But I was completely alone. All I had was fear. While I was at IHN, there was no fear. Now I've gone from having no one to having all of NAM and 18 congregations behind me. I know I'll always have someone to turn to. I'll never be alone again.."