Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network

USG Will Host Four PIHN Families from August 20 – September 3
What is PIHN?
PIHN, the Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network, accepts and works with families who are diligent about working their way from homelessness to economic stability. Every year, USG is one of many churches that provides temporary shelter and food. Four different families sleep in the Sullivan Wing rooms and the Committee Room, eat in the dining room, and use the kitchen and restrooms. USG members and friends provide groceries, meals, and kind “chaperoning” as dinner and overnight hosts.
 
Why Host?

In a world where so much seems beyond our control, it is a relief to know there is something we CAN do. Providing a dinner or being an overnight host or helping our guest families move in and out are small acts of service that REALLY help.
 
How Can You Help?
  • by August 13…provide money with which we can purchase the always-needed groceries and we can shop for you. Please make the check out to USG, write PIHN in the memo line, and send it to the office, to the attention of Carolyn Scott.
  • by August 20…shop for some groceries. (We will provide a list by Aug. 6)
  • on August 20……move the families with their belongings in…help with child-care…provide snacks…shop for some groceries
  • on September 3…move the families with their belongings out…help with childcare…provide snacks
MOST OF ALL, from August 20 till September 2…
  • be an overnight host….and/or be a chef and dinner host (usually in partnership with another person, either someone you team up with on your own or someone we help identify).
What does hosting entail?
  • a chef and dinner host, usually in partnership with another person, supplies a meal (purchased & prepared at home or at USG) and dinner company from 6:00-8:30pm.
  • an overnight host brings pjs and sheets to provide secure, kindly “chaperoning” and sleeps in Kent’s air-conditioned office from 8:30pm till approx. 7:30am the next day.
Carolyn Scott (cwelchscott@gmail.com) and Bonnie McDairmant are coordinating our volunteer efforts this year. If you are interested in hosting dinner or overnight, please contact Carolyn. You may also sign up to host at the PIHN HOSTING Table during Fellowship Hour starting Sunday, August 6.
 

About PIHN

Since its founding in 1991, Northwest Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network (now Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network-PIHN) which is a network of approximately 10-15 Northwest Philadelphia congregations, churches and synagogues that has moved more than 275 families—745 individuals— from homelessness to stability. USG has been a member for almost 15 years. The NPIHN program provides assessment and referrals, emergency housing, supportive service and transitional housing. Equipped with new skills and relationships, 92% of the families do not return to shelter programs after their NPIHN experience. USG supports many of NPIHN’s activities and has hosted several homeless families for two weeks each summer.

Here are examples of some other ways we have supported NPIHN:

    • Each Christmas, through the Adopt-A-Family Drive, the USG community provides holiday gifts for families in the NPIHN program.
    • We help keep Philadelphia a little warmer, with the donation of hats, gloves, mittens and scarves during the Christmas Eve Services.
    • Donations at our Christmas Eve service are often shared with NIPHN.
    • Many Martin Luther King Day of Service events are related to poverty and homelessness themes. Volunteers have created shelving for the NPIHN office and others sorted donated baby clothes. A team of teens have visited kids in the Stenton Family Manor shelter and entertained them with games, arts and crafts, songs and books. Lunches for 1,000 people were assembled in our church kitchen, which were taken to a number of area homeless shelters.
    • Several USG congregants volunteered to be mentors to NPIHN families.
    • For two weeks each summer, USG hosts families at USG as they await permanent living situations.

More information is available at philashelter.org