Hunger and Homelessness
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.
Since congregations have not been allowed to shelter families during the pandemic, Family Promise has been providing 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.
Normally, 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 schedule these well in advance. We look forward to being able to host families again.
Please keep in mind that in the absence of congregational sheltering, Family Promise is incurring additional operational costs. The organization also extended program support for families who had already graduated from the program but lost their newly found jobs or were at risk of losing their shelter during 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.