The Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN) is Inter-Faith’s emergency shelter program. The Network provides Montgomery County families with children who are experiencing homelessness with a safe place to stay, along with supportive services, for up to 90 days. Inter-Faith Housing Alliance is a partner with Your Way Home of Montgomery County.
Our shelter delivery model is unique and cost-effective. Twenty-two “Host” and “Buddy” Congregations serve our families for one month each year at their places of worship. Families are provided with comfortable accommodations in classrooms converted to bedrooms. Volunteers from the congregation, who collectively contribute more than 3000 hours of their time each year, prepare and share meals, provide overnight assistance, and help with transportation needs. Many volunteers make special connections to our families, often providing a level of genuine intrinsic support that bolsters our families and brings them further into a community that is invested in their success.
Over half of our partnering congregations have been involved with Inter-Faith for over 20 years. While Inter-Faith works in partnership with community congregations, the program is non-denominational.
Each day, participating families visit Inter-Faith Housing Alliance where staff provides intensive case management and comprehensive support services to help families resolve their homelessness. These services help parents care for themselves and their families, begin intentionally improving their life skills and decision-making abilities, and develop the internal resources necessary to become self-sufficient.
Our unique model can accommodate families of various compositions including two-parent households and male-headed households. Most families served are single-parent, female-headed households with young children. In FY2015, 19 adults and 29 children were served.
If you are seeking shelter, please call Your Way Home at 877.646.6306. Interested in getting your congregation involved? Contact Inter-Faith’s Community Resource Manager, at CRM@i-fha.org or 215.628.2334.
Current Congregations in the Interfaith Hospitality Network:
Ambler Mennonite Church
Bethlehem Baptist Church
Congregation Beth Or
Congregation Kol Ami
First Presbyterian Church of Ambler
Grace Baptist Church of Blue Bell
Gwynedd Friends Meeting
Jarrettown United Methodist Church
Maple Glen Bible Fellowship Church
New Beginnings Community Church of Ambler
St. Anthony of Padua R.C. Church
St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church
St. Rose of Lima
Sanctuary United Methodist Church
Supplee Presbyterian Church
Trinity Episcopal Church
Trinity Lutheran Church
Upper Dublin Lutheran Church
Zion Baptist Church