Interfaith Hospitality Network
IHN Main Line
Main Line Unitarian Church is one of a group of churches and synagogues in the Delaware Valley that provide 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 the Interfaith Hospitality Network, they always have a place to stay and food to eat while they are doing this and their children continue to go to school.
While they are staying with us, families usually 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.
There are other roles for volunteers to fill, such 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 schedule these well in advance.
Since congregations are not allowed to shelter families during the pandemic, IHN will provide space for them in their Day Center and the 3rd floor apartment in Norristown, and when needed, in hotels. We ask MLUC volunteers to provide meals, groceries, or monetary donations for the families’ sustenance during our hosting week. Please keep in mind that in the absence of congregational sheltering, IHN is incurring additional operational costs. IHN is also extending program supports for families who have already graduated from the program but have lost their newly found jobs and are at risk losing their shelter during the pandemic and when the eviction moratoreum ends. Our community has never needed IHN Main Line more.To volunteer for a particular date and role, sign up directly at the link below.
May 30 – June 6
August 1 – August 8
November 28 – December 5