Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN)
The Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN) helps families who are seeking permanent housing by giving them shelter and three meals a day, through the hospitality of different churches and synagogues.
St. Cassian Church will be hosting the families during the week of February 17 through February 24. The parish community has worked together for many years to make this outreach a success. Below is a list of shifts available for daytime volunteers and volunteers who are able to stay overnight.
The main goal is for our volunteers to be helpful to our clients and provide any assistance as needed. This may include helping to watch the children, help with homework, or engage in age-appropriate games. About a week prior, we will find out the ages of the children, if any, that will be staying with us. Toys and activities will be available, but feel free to bring activities of your own! If you plan on bringing your child(ren), please provide their ages, and be available to supervise your children as well as the children they engage with.
During meals, volunteers are encouraged to share a meal with our guests. It is important to be mindful that while some guests welcome conversation, other guests may be more reluctant to socialize. We want to make our guests feel as comfortable as we can and will respect their wishes.
Monday & Saturday volunteers: Please note that due to weekend and holiday schedules, there is a possibility that all families will out of the building as we try to be flexible to the circumstances of each individual. If volunteers are not needed during specific time frames, they will be contacted about their canceled shifts.
Thank you in advance for your help with providing a warm and welcoming atmosphere for the families we will be serving.
There will be a training and info session for volunteers (who will be interacting with our guests) on Wednesday, February 13 at 7pm in Larkin Hall.
|| Lee Ann Rivera