Help to Host PIHN Families

Sunday, August 19 to Saturday, September 1

PIHN, the Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network, accepts and works with families who are diligent about working their way from homelessness to economic stability. Usually, USG is one of many churches that provides both temporary shelter and food for these families. However, this year because of the work that will soon start on the elevator installation, the families will be housed off-site at Grace Epiphany Episcopal Church in Mt. Airy (near the Lutheran Seminary), and we at USG will supply most of their evening meals, dinner hosts, and overnight hosts.

How Can You Help?

By August 13: Donate money with which we can purchase the always-needed groceries. 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 19: Shop for some groceries – we will provide a list by Aug. 5.

MOST OF ALL, from August 19 till September 1

  • 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 an evening meal (purchases the food and cooks at home) and company from 6:00-8:30pm.
  • An overnight host brings pjs and sheets to provide secure, kindly chaperoning and sleeps in an air-conditioned space from 8:30pm till 7:30am the next day.

Contacts: Carolyn Scott ( and Gale Gibbons will coordinate 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 5.