|Interfaith Hospitality Network of Greater Kingsport, Inc.|
Providing Stability and Hope to the Lives of Homeless Families with Children
|How Does IHN Work?||
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The Interfaith Hospitality Network program brings shelter, meals, and support services to homeless families minor children.
IHNs are a cost-efficient, effective, and replicable community response to family homelessness. Because they make use of existing community resources, they can be implemented quickly, without major start-up costs.
IHN programs vary from community to community, reflecting local needs and resources. However, there are five basic components to an IHN program.
1. Host Churches
Hosting rotates weekly among the 10 to 12 Host Congregations in a Network. In turn, each Host Congregation provides overnight lodging for seven nights, two or three meals daily, and welcoming care. Guests arrive at 5:30 PM and depart at 7:30 AM, 7-days a week, 365 days a year. The church provides a common area and a private space for each family to use. These private spaces range from Sunday School Rooms to cubicles built in Fellowship spaces or gyms. Since Guests are only at the Host Churches in the evening and overnight, they usually do not interfere with regular church activities. Each Host Church has a Coordinator (or a Coordinating Team) who has the responsibility to line up meals and volunteers to serve the Guests during their stay at the church. Shower facilities are sometimes available at the host churches but not always. There are shower facilities at the Day Center.
2. Day Center
3. Support Churches/Volunteers
A small church, a Sunday School Class or a Church Service Organization can be a Support Church and provide much-needed services by working with a Host Church and providing one or two meals during a week or by providing a man and a woman to stay overnight at a Host Church one night or several nights during the week.
Volunteers provide services:
4. Social Service Agencies
Local social service agencies partner with IHN. They refer families to the Network and also play a major role in helping guests find housing, jobs, health care, child care, and food.
IHNGK uses a 15-passenger van to transport Guests between the Host Churches and the Day Center each day and to provide transportation to and from employment, medical & social services, school, and daycare. The van also moves the trailer with the bedding and luggage to the next Host Congregation each Sunday.
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Last Updated: January 14, 2011