Interfaith Hospitality Network of Athens
First Presbyterian Church is a founding host congregation of Interfaith Hospitality Network of Athens. The network, consisting of 12 host congregations and a number of support congregations, provides "immediate shelter and guidance to homeless families with children, due to the impact of misfortunes upon their lives. IHNA provides food, shelter, daycare, and transportation as needed. IHNA helps to create structure out of chaos by creating a goal-oriented plan so that those desperately in need can focus beyond daily survival, to a life of stability" (Quotation from IHNA web site).
IHN Host Weeks
Approximately every 12 weeks, our church hosts from one to three homeless families in The Pit for a week. We turn Sunday School classrooms into bedrooms, serve breakfast and dinner, stay in the building overnight with our guests, and provide transportation in IHN's van.
All IHN volunteers are encouraged to attend training sessions offered during the year by IHNA staff and coordinators.
Host Week Jobs
There are more than 70 individual jobs to be done during an IHN Host Week. Some people take on more than one job, such as driving the van several days, so we end up with about 45 to 50 people working as volunteers during the week.
There's a description of what the various jobs entail here.
Sign up: To volunteer for any of these positions, contact Jayne Bailey or Terry Nestor and have your name entered in the calendar. Click here to view the calendar.
Contact the IHN Coordinating Team: David Alper, Jayne Bailey, Robbie Bryan, Don DeMaria, Donna Gerhardt, Terry Nestor, Paige Oelke
Contact either Jayne Bailey or Terry Nestor for more information or to volunteer.