The Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN), collaboration between 32 local faith communities and Keystone, provides shelter and social services to sixteen or more homeless families each year from the Indian Valley of Montgomery County and Upper Bucks County. The IHN brings us together to help our guests regain their housing, their independence, and their dignity when life’s misfortunes happen: job loss, disability, fire, domestic violence, and more. Together we give 9000 hours of time each year to reduce homelessness and transform lives.
How the Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN) works:
1. Churches Extend Hospitality: One month a year two congregations (one each in Indian Valley and Upper Bucks) provide overnight lodging, a home cooked meal and hospitality. These churches become home for three to six families each night.
2. Daily Activities Happen at the Day Center:The Day Center is used as a home base for families to take care of life’s chores. Employed guests work during the day, while school aged children go to school.
3. Church Members Volunteer: Volunteers cook, serve meals, play with children, help with homework, stay overnight and provide transportation as needed to and from the day center. They interact with guests, treating them with respect and compassion.
4. Keystone Provides Social Services: Keystone Staff meets with the families to develop goals and monitor action steps: find housing, jobs, government assistance, get counseling, etc. Client education includes: job training, financial advising, parenting, and nutrition.