Working to End Homelessness with Interfaith Hospitality Network

ihnoutreachMembers at Main Line Unitarian Church (MLUC) are proud to be partners with the Interfaith Hospitality Network – Main Line (IHN-ML) in working to end homelessness in local communities. As part of the church’s Offering Outreach program, MLUC recently presented a donation check of $2,374 to IHN-ML.

The Interfaith Hospitality Network – Main Line, headquartered in Norristown, PA, is committed to helping homeless families to achieve lasting independence. The organization provides safe, temporary housing, meals, and support services to families in Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery counties.

While not a religious organization, IHN-ML does get many of its volunteers from faith-based organizations. Congregations from many different faiths work together toward the important goal of helping homeless families get back on their feet.

Executive Director Sue White-Herchek was happy to participate in MLUC’s check presentation. She said, “IHN – Main Line would like to thank the Main Line Unitarian Church for their generous donation. It will go a long way to help the homeless families we serve become self-sufficient. We value our partnership with area congregations, whose volunteers provide meals and hospitality for our families. Our organization would not exist without them. To volunteer with IHN – Main Line please call Sue at 610-277-0977.”

Rev. Morgan R. McLean, who became Associate Minister at MLUC in August, 2011, was joined by church member Sally Fritzson for the presentation. Fritzson is one of the church’s IHN coordinators, and sets up the four or five family visits each year, as well as facilitates training of new volunteers.

The church’s donation was made possible by the Offering Outreach program, which directs half of each month’s collection to be donated to local charities and nonprofit organizations. To learn more about the program, visit www.mluc.org/social-action/offering-outreach.

IHN-ML is one of 115 affiliates in 38 states, including Family Promise in Washington, D.C., whose opening 20 years ago marked the genesis of the now national network. To get involved with IHN Main Line, visit www.ihncares.org.

Photo: Sue White-Hercheck, Executive Director of Interfaith Hospitality Network – Main Line (center), receives a donation check from Rev. Morgan R. McLean (right), and Sally Fritzson, of Main Line Unitarian Church, in the amount of $2,374. Volunteers from the church work with the organization to help end homelessness in Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery counties.

What is the Greater Philly UU Cluster?

What's all this talk about a UU Cluster? Essentially, the Greater Philly UU Cluster (GPC) is a group of 14 nearby UU congregations (including MLUC as the largest member!). The cluster aims to actively connect these congregations in order to share our message and grow our faith.

Cluster

How can the Cluster benefit you?

The GPC Google calendar covers events happenening at all 14 UU congregations in the area. This is a great way to meet other UUs and spread the word about MLUC events beyond our congregation.

A few upcoming events at UU congregations...

  • Black Lives Matter forum: October 26, 7:00 p.m. at UU Germantown
  • GPC Racial Justice Advocacy training with Paula Cole Jones: Saturday, October 29, at MLUC (more details to come)

      
Want to get involved? The next GPC meeting is open to all: Saturday, September 17, 9:30-11:30 a.m. (meet and greet at 9:00) at the UUC of Delaware County. Mark Bernstein will present, "Covenants: Why They Fail. Why They Shouldn't"

Get connected with your fellow UU’s!