A mother loses her job, a father is kept from working by an injury, a family is forced from their home by fire or natural disaster. Healthcare costs soar, public transportation is underfunded, affordable housing is almost impossible to find. These are the reasons why families now make up 40 percent of the homeless population, and why one out of every four homeless people is a child.In response to this crisis, the Interfaith Hospitality Network brings the faith community together to help families regain their housing, their independence, and their dignity. IHN is a partnership of congregations within a community helping families who are facing homelessness. It offers an opportunity for volunteers of all faiths to reduce homelessness and transform lives.Interfaith Hospitality Networks are currently operating in 41 states and the District of Columbia, in large cities, suburbs, and rural counties. They mobilize community resources: houses of worship for lodging, congregations for volunteers, social service agencies for assessment and referrals, and existing facilities for day programs. This strategy enables networks to help homeless families achieve lasting independence at a third of the cost of traditional shelters.
Nationally, nearly 80 percent of the families that IHNs serve go on to long-term housing. In 2011, Family Promise affiliates served nearly 50,000 children and adults and involved more than 150,000 volunteers in 5,500 congregations.
Shelter and Support Services for Homeless Families
Family Promise of Effingham provides the following for program participants:
- Overnight Accommodations
- Three Meals a Day
- Case Management
- Day Center Facilities
- Access to Support Services
Local Congregations provide shelter and meals to homeless families (up to 14 individuals). The homelike accommodations are within the congregations’ facilities. Family Promise accepts families with both parents present and single parents or legal guardians with child(ren). Families must be capable of participating in a family environment supervised by volunteers. Family Promise if a alcohol and drug free program.