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Interfaith Hospitality Network

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).

IHN 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 IHN’s van. Our next host week is July 24 – 31st.

IHN Training

All IHN 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 IHN 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.

To volunteer for any of these positions, contact Patty Whiten  and have your name entered in the calendar. Click here to view the calendar.

Contact the IHN Coordinating Team: David Alper, Nan Cantrell, Michelle Clendenen-Shaw, Rob Haire, Grace Lu, Jean Martin-Williams, Patty Whiten

IHN Partners

For more information about IHN partner organizations, please click here.

Contact either Patty Whiten or Michelle Clendenen-Shaw for more information on IHN.

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Sunday Worship
8:45 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
Sunday School
9:45 a.m.
Children's Sunday School
Youth Sunday School
Adult Sunday School

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