And the king will answer them, “Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.” Matthew 25:37-40
Interfaith Hospitality Network
Many families today are facing crisis. Beginning on Sunday evening, July 24 and continuing all week until the next Sunday morning, families currently in need will be arriving here at PPPC for overnight housing. They will be arriving as part of the Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN) program. Up to 15 people may be arriving.
The Interfaith Hospitality Network creates a vital safety net for such families in churches and synagogues all over Ocean County. All client families include at least one child. Were it not for IHN, the County’s Board of Social Services would have no choice but to house them in motel rooms – which, in the long term, are not optimal settings for children’s healthy development.
Volunteers are the heart and soul of IHN. Beyond providing meals, staying overnight and other services essential to the program, volunteers offer compassionate assistance. So many of you have continuously volunteered over the years. You do simple but immeasurable things. You talk to the guest…and listen. You have responded to them with much compassion. To some, you have been their source of hope. The video below is a great perspective on volunteering as well as the guest perspective.
We have several opportunities to volunteer but are always in need of overnight hosts especially. What do I need to do as an IHN volunteer? There are three types of volunteers needed to welcome our families each night:
1. A Meal Provider – Dinner hosts arrive by 5:00 p.m. and leave by 7:00 p.m. Prior to your night of cooking, you will be notified as to the number of adults and children needing dinner, as well as any special diet concerns. A simple meal is often best.
2. Hospitality Hosts arrive at 7:00 p.m and leave by 9:00 p.m. Hosts visit with our guests as they enjoy it and even play a game with some of the kids.
3. An Overnight Host – You have to be good at one thing to do this job: sleeping. Well, it’s a little more than that, because you’ll be staying in the building as a contact person, in case any of the families experiences an emergency. You arrive by 9:00 p.m. when things are usually pretty quiet. A comfy bunk bed or cot downstairs is provided as well as a continental breakfast. You’ll be finished and on your way by 7:00 am.
Could the Lord be calling you to give of yourself in this way? If you feel that little nudge from the Lord, then please call the church office, and let us know you would be glad to help. Sign up sheets are now in the Narthex.