Interfaith Hospitality Network of Athens
First Presbyterian Church is a founding host congregation of Interfaith Hospitality Network of Athens. The network, consisting of 12 host congregations and a number of support congregations, provides “immediate shelter and guidance to homeless families with children, due to the impact of misfortunes upon their lives. IHNA provides food, shelter, daycare, and transportation as needed. IHNA helps to create structure out of chaos by creating a goal-oriented plan so that those desperately in need can focus beyond daily survival, to a life of stability” (Quotation from IHNA web site).
IHNA Host Weeks
Approximately every 12 weeks, our church hosts from one to three homeless families in The Pit for a week. We turn Sunday School classrooms into bedrooms, serve breakfast and dinner, stay in the building overnight with our guests, and provide transportation in IHNA’s van. Our next host week is October 15-22.
All IHNA volunteers are encouraged to attend training sessions offered during the year by IHNA staff and coordinators.
Host Week Jobs
There are more than 70 individual jobs to be done during an IHNA Host Week. Some people take on more than one job, such as driving the van several days, so we end up with about 45 to 50 people working as volunteers during the week.
There’s a description of what the various jobs entail here.
Contact the IHNA Coordinating Team: David Alper, Nan Cantrell, Michelle Clendenen-Shaw, Rob Haire, Grace Lu, Jean Martin-Williams, Patty Whiten
For more information about IHNA partner organizations, please click here.