Hunger and Homelessness
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Main Line Unitarian Church is a longtime supporter of Family Promise of the Main Line (formerly Interfaith Hospitality Network), a non-profit organization with the mission to help “families experiencing homelessness and low-income families achieve sustainable independence through a community-based response.”
Main Line Unitarian Church is one of a group of churches and synagogues in the Delaware Valley that, pre-COVID, provides dinners and housing for homeless families, one week at a time, five or six times each year.
While they are in the network, families receive training and social work support so that they can find affordable housing, jobs, training, and whatever else they need to return to self-sufficiency.
Thanks to Family Promise, they always have a place to stay and food to eat while they are doing this, and their children continue to go to school.
During our hosting weeks, families arrive each evening at dinner time. Church members and their families make and serve dinners, spend time in the early evening with our visitors, or stay overnight at the church to be available in case of an emergency. Other volunteers serve as meal coordinator, shopper, set-up and clean-up, and laundry. A volunteer typically contributes one two-hour shift or one overnight shift during a hosting week and it is easy to plan for these well in advance.
With the return to congregational sheltering, Family Promise of the Main Line will be able to accept more families into their program. The organization continues to extend supports to families who graduated from the program and offers prevention case management for families facing imminent eviction. With the unprecedented rise in housing costs coming on the heel of the pandemic, our community has never needed Family Promise of the Main Line more.
To volunteer for a particular date and role, sign up directly at the link below.
November 20 – November 26
November 5–November 12
December 3–December 10