Interfaith Hospitality Network
As a host congregation in this national program, we are part of a network of 27 congregations in the Cincinnati area who take turns hosting homeless families during the evening and nighttime hours. Each congregation hosts for a week at a time and we have 6 hosting weeks during the year, usually about every 2 months. Hosting weeks begin on Sunday evenings and end the following Sunday morning. Guests arrive at the church at about 5:00 in the evening and stay until the following morning, when they leave to return to the IHN Day Center, school, or work. This ministry is open to all ages, and is an especially great ministry for families with young children. During each hosting week, volunteers are needed to help set up the bedrooms and clean up after the hosting is over, prepare and serve the evening meal, spend time with the children, and serve as overnight host. For more information about IHN, Contact Hollis Bass, Lisa Senter, or Kathryn Albertson. Click here for more information about our local IHN network.
This is a critical ministry as we fulfill Redeemer’s mission to “reach out with love and support to those in need." Here’s what some of our volunteers have to say about their experience:
Adult volunteer: “One woman came in looking so sad, actually wiping tears from her eyes. By the end of dinner, she thanked us and shared a smile. That meant a lot.”
Teen volunteer: “IHN was really fun. I loved hanging out with the kids. We played tag, Pictionary, and charades. We also jumped rope…overall I had an amazing time. I get so much joy from being with the families.”
Our hosting weeks for the remainder of 2018 are listed below. Click on the date for more information and to sign up.
April 15-22 (https://goo.gl/AtTas6)
Redeemer IHN ministry’s private Facebook page: https://goo.gl/7HnrLv
Redeemer IHN Volunteer Handbook: https://tinyurl.com/y7ck4loj