Over 10,000 Houstonians are literally homeless. They are living in shelters, cars, or on the streets. Families are the fastest growing segment of the homeless population. Factors such as illness, violence, low income, one-parent families, the economy, or other forces beyond their control can drive working people into homelessness.
Interfaith Hospitality Network Houston Northwest (IHN), a program of Northwest Assistance Ministries (NAM), is a community response to homelessness. Families who are without homes, drug/alcohol free and mentally stable are the focus of our program.
Volunteers: They are the heart of the Network. They provide meals, fellowship with the guests, and stay overnight. There are approximately 30-50 volunteers at each congregation.
Social Service Providers: Local service providers refer guests to the Network. They also assist the guests with obtaining housing, employment, government entitlements, and other services.
Day Center: The Day Center is housed at Northwest Assistance Ministries. Guests can shower, care for children, look for housing and attend to their personal affairs. The Center also serves as a mailing address for the guests.
Transportation: An IHN van transports guests to and from the Host congregation, to social service agencies, to work, and to school.
IHN SUCCESS STORY
Fiscal Year Update:
In the last fiscal year in IHN:
The Interfaith Hospitality Network provided 2,609 shelter nights to 141 adults and children transitioning from homelessness.
- Staff provided 707 hours of case management and ensured the provision of parenting, life skills classes and counseling for substance abuse, mental health, and family issues.
NATIONAL INTERFAITH HOSPITALITY NETWORK
National Interfaith Hospitality Network (NIHN) was founded in Summit, New Jersey in 1988 by Karen Olsen, who serves as the President. It was established to address the growing need to provide emergency shelter, meals, and comprehensive assistance to homeless families in finding housing, jobs and job training. NIHN, a national nonprofit organization, mobilizes communities throughout the United States to help homeless and low-income families achieve sustainable independence through the establishment of IHN programs.
In 1992, NIHN received the President's Annual Points of Light Award for being one of the top twenty volunteer agencies in the country. NIHN is funded entirely through private foundations, grants, and corporate and individual contributions.
National Statistics: 125 Networks in 39 states. 110,000 volunteers, 130,000 guests annually.
To learn more on the national level connect to: www.nihn.org