We are pleased to invite any clergy or concerned member of a congregation to learn more about how your congregation can join a network of 37 other congregations to give shelter, food, and hospitality to families facing homelessness.
Currently 10 families per day call Family Promise seeking shelter. These families are staying in their cars, weekly stay hotels, are doubled up with other family in apartments/houses, or in the worst case are on the street already.
Family Promise runs a program called the Interfaith Hospitality Network where congregations use their existing facilities and volunteers to respond to the crisis of family homelessness. There is a need to recruit three more congregations to host families in 2018.
All are welcome to attend, whether clergy, a congregation member, or just a person with interest in helping. There will be a video and a brief presentation about the program. The rest of the time will be devoted to question and answer. No commitment is necessary to attend, just interest! The congregation hosting the meeting--Southport United Methodist--has been a member of the Interfaith Hospitality Network and hosting homeless families for more than 10 years!
It is amazing what the interfaith community can do together. Thank you for joining us!
With hope and gratitude,
The Congregational Relationships Committee
of Family Promise of Greater Indianapolis
About the Interfaith Hospitality Network
The Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN) is the hallmark program of Family Promise of Greater Indianapolis, started in 1994 in Indianapolis and Hamilton County. Today, more than 37 congregations take turns hosting four families each for a week or two at a time, a total of three to four weeks per year. Their members set up rollaway beds (provided) on Sunday, cook dinners the seven evenings, plan children's activities at night, transport families in the Family Promise van to and from the Day Center daily, and then tear down the rooms the following Sunday and drop the van and trailer (with beds inside) off at the next congregation. Together, more than 50 families are given shelter, food, and hospitality each year through the program, while a professional case manager at the Family Promise Day Center helps them transition into permanent housing in about a month or two. See a video about its impact and learn more here: www.fpgi.org/ihn.