Interfaith Hospitality Network: A circle of community concern

Interfaith Hospitality Network staff, from left, are Meghan Snyder, Stacey Burge, Rebecca Neuberger, Kim Williams and Ben Green. (Photo: Laura A. Hobson for The Community Press)

Interfaith Hospitality Network’s mission is to provide homeless families emergency shelter, helping them transition to permanent housing, and hospitality.

Started in 1991 as an emergency shelter with eight congregations participating, the center now has over 100 congregational partners of all faiths and wraparound support which extends beyond emergency shelter.

Twenty-six host congregations provide a site with food, beds and activities. These include Adath Israel Congregation, Knox Presbyterian Church, First United Church of Christ, Our Lady of the Rosary Church, Episcopal Church of the Redeemer and Ihsan Community Center.

There are 78 support congregations, meaning those that provide volunteers for food and activities with the children. Included in this group are All Saints Catholic Church, Congregation Beth Adam, Clifton United Methodist Church, and Mount Washington Presbyterian Church.

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