Welcome to Interfaith Hospitality Network of Athens
The Interfaith Hospitality Network of Athens, Inc. is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to provide immediate shelter and guidance to homeless families with children, due to the impact of misfortunes upon their lives. Once accepted in program, IHNA provides food, shelter, daycare, and transportation as needed. IHNA helps to create structure out of chaos by creating a goal-oriented plan so that those desperately in need can focus beyond daily survival, to a life of stability. IHNA is part of the national Family Promise network that includes more than 180 IHN's in 41 states, and has served over a half million guests since its inception in the 1980's.
Thanks to Jackson EMC Foundation for their support of IHN Athens
IHN Athens featured on WUGA's Athens News Matters
On Thursday, May 19, Alexia Ridley, host of WUGA's Athens News Matters, interviewed Edward Bolen, Milledge Avenue Baptist Church Senior Pastor and one of the founding member of IHNA; Courtney Tobin, IHNA Board member and Holy Cross Lutheran Church IHNA volunteer; and Davin Welter, IHNA Executive Director about the mission of Interfaith Hospitality Network of Athens. Take a listen by clicking the link below.
What IHN Athens Does
IHN Athens is a coalition of Athens Area Churches and Congregations of Faith, referred to as Host Congregations or Support Congregations, that may provide shelter, meals, and support for homeless families in crisis for up to 90 days. Host Congregations, on a rotating basis, provide 3 meals a day to Network Families. Each network family is provided with their own room within the Host facility. Our network of churches provides shelter, meals, and compassionate assistance for up to three families (or maximum of 14 people) in crisis situations. As a group, the families rotate from church to church on a weekly basis. By uniting congregations through our Day Center, and through the support of social service agencies, our program assists these families with finding sustainable housing, job training, employment, and with meeting other various needs.