Family Promise (Formerly Interfaith Hospitality Network of Athens)
First Presbyterian Church is a founding host congregation of Family Promise (Formerly IHNA). 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. Family Promise provides food, shelter, daycare, and transportation as needed. They help 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 Family Promise web site).
Thanks to Carrie Campbell and Patricia Lee, who are MPA students in Dr. Becky Nesbit’s class at UGA, Family Promise has a new video that will help share the work that Family Promise does with potential guests, volunteers, and funders.
Family Promise (Formerly 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 Family Promise’s van.
Family Promise (Formerly IHNA) Training
All volunteers are encouraged to attend training sessions offered during the year by Family Promise staff and coordinators.
Host Week Jobs
There are more than 70 individual jobs to be done during an Family Promise 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: Jean & Bert Bock, Robbie Bryan, Judy Burch, Kaitlin Messich, Pat Wilson, and David Alper (CCI)
Family Promise (Formerly IHNA) Partners
For more information about Family Promise partner organizations, please click here.