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 into our program, IHNA provides food, shelter, daycare, and transportation as needed. IHNA helps to create structure out of chaos by implementing 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 200 IHNs in 43 states, and has served over a half million guests since its inception in the 1980's.
Special thanks to The Georgia Club Foundation!
IHNA is most grateful to The Georgia Club Foundation for their support of our mission. They presented IHNA with a grant of $2,401 which we will use to purchase bus passes for our guests and for other homeless individuals.
Transportation is often a barrier to finding work and a sustainable life. We provide bus passes on a monthly basis to our families and other homeless individuals so that they can travel to and from work and/or job interviews as well as weekly errands.
Thanks to the Athens-Clarke County Leisure Service Teens in Action Day Camp
The Athens-Clarke County Leisure Service Teens in Action Day Camp completed several projects for us and made the Day Center a much nicer place. Check out the photos of their work. We say thank you for their help.
La Table 2017 featuring Karen Olsen, founder of IHN national
Thanks to Athens First United Methodist Church for being the title sponsors for La Table 2017 which was held on Feb. 28 at the Athens Country Club. Karen Olsen, the founder of Interfaith Hospitality Network (now know as Family Promise), was our keynote speaker. We are grateful to Wanda Culpepper and our table host for their creativity and dedication.
Volunteer with IHNA
At the top of the page, click on "Join the Team" to see our volunteer and internship opportunities!
IHNA mentioned in Betsy Butler's sermon at Athens First United Methodist.
Take a listen to Betsy Butler's sermon from July 24, 2016 at Athens First United Methodist Church. Betsy is the Minister of Missions at AFUMC and in her sermon, she mentions the opportunity to stay close to God by hosting and serving the guests in the Interfaith Hospitality Network. She talks about how the volunteers from the church family offer hope to a hopeless situation. We are grateful for Betsy and to those at Athens FUMC who give help to those families in our community who are in need.
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.