NORTHWEST PHILADELPHIA INTERFAITH HOSPITALITY NETWORK INC

Rating: 4.86 stars   71 reviews

Issues: Religion

Location: 7047 Germantown Ave Philidelphia PA 19119 USA

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2011 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

I worked as a volunteer with the NPIHN during my second year of seminary at the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia and I have led mission trips with my youth to work in the city with this organization. Working with the staff at NPIHN I have learned so much about the needs of homeless and low income families in the Philadelphia area and what it take to offer them support and hope, while still helping them maintain their dignity. This network is so special for many reasons, however I don't think this box is big enough to name the all, so I'll stick to the that have moved me the most. One is that NPIHN takes care of the whole family and addresses both the immediate needs of the guest, as well as helping them build long term goals to improve their lives. They help people learn money management skills, get job training, obtain education, and gain access to the resources they need to avoid becoming homeless again in the future. They also work with the children in the program to help them deal with the stress and embarrassment that often comes from being homeless. They help get kids re-enrolled in school and provide different therapy options to help give kids a more stable lifestyle. I also have to praise NPIHN for not just looking to alleviate the immediate suffering caused by homelessness, but for also addressing the root causes of it by advocating for fair housing practices, improved low income housing, and other important legislation that helps prevent people from becoming homeless in the first place. Finally as a pastor, I have to commend that they do all this while working with the many wonderful faith communities in the Germantown area. It is not easy to do any of the things I have mentioned above, however to do them and unit people of different faith backgrounds together around the common goal of caring for those most vulnerable in our society is truly special. I really can't say enough good things about this organization, it's leadership, and it's program. I'm proud to have been a part of it, and proud to help it in any way I can.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Hearing the news that families that were in the program when I was there are doing well, as well as hearing the impact that working with and witnessing this program has had on the youth and adults I took on mission trips. I also know that I personally have grown in my understanding of poverty in America and the challenges of be homeless in our society.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

That it be larger, at present they can only support a small number of families and it would be wonderful to see this program expand so it could do more.

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Rating: 5 stars  

NPIHN connected me with volunteers and supporters in my own and other faith communities as well as with the families in the program. The organization not only provides housing and other supports for those in need, but it also builds bridges amongst individuals who would otherwise never meet, nurturing a greater sense of American diversity.

Most of the volunteer opportunities are tightly constructed, making them easy to fit into a busy schedule, providing different types of familiar or new experiences, and preventing burn out. Those inclined to be more deeply involved can find numerous ways to participate in a leadership role. Engaging in this organization is both a giving and a rewarding experience.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

See above.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Work to replicate it in other communities and find additional funding.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2001

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Rating: 5 stars  

This is one of the most humane nonprofits I know of. NPIHN connects people that most likely would never meet and helps them see each other's humanity. NPIHN helps homeless families in a caring and constructive way. I am proud to be involved in such a needed and effective organization

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

witnessing persons learn needed skills

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Copy it other places.

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Rating: 5 stars  

This is the one non-profit I ALWAYS make time for. Between family, work, school and church, there is always something grabbing at your time. This is one of the few volunteer committments I truly enjoy and look forward to eagerly. I've gained much more in personal rewards than what I've given. My volunteer experiences have included cooking, donations of household goods, some legal work, and even dropping off Christmas presents.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I don't understand this question.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

wave a magic wand and give reliable, adequate funding.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Some

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

None that I can think of.

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

I've met incredible women who have faced more challenges in their lifetimes than I hope never to face.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

I feel really good about the program services provided to families. The approach is innovative and successful in helping families get on their feet and stay out of homelessness. Several of the families enrolled in the financial literacy program learned to save and have purchased homes.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have witnessed the positive results via family interaction.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Ask everyone I know to make donations or provide some type of assistance.

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Rating: 4 stars  

My husband & I would have been out on the street & living in our car if it had not been for NPIHN. I had a job, my husband did not. My salary alone was not enough to keep a roof over our heads and pay the other bills that go along with having a roof over our head. Staying with them allowed me to pay off many bills and save money to have a down payment on getting an apartment. As well as helping my husband get a job.

The shelters were Churches & Temples; a much safer place than the streets. The help & kindness was so comforting that we have made friends with different people from these sacred places. We just would not have made it through without them.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

As I stated in the review; we were taken in so that we would not be on the streets. We had no where to go. They saved our lives.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Provide them with more money so that they would have more staff to help with the everyday duties. Keeping track of families is very demanding and really needed. It would be nice if there was a counselor with the families every night when families are in the shelters. Sometimes, waiting until morning to speak with someone is depressing; especially when the day has been very stressful.

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Rating: 4 stars  

Whenever it is our church's turn to host the NPIHN guests, there is an exciting bustle of sign ups and plans, information sharing and questions about who is coming and what they will need.
Then they arrive and the church is a hive of action, getting people settled, accommodating special needs.
It is a good feeling to have them among us; they give us a small but real chance to live our faith, share our well-being and learn from people we have not met before. Our guests have repeatedly said they like the churches because they feel safe, and above all feel their children are safe while they live there.
Of course I wish they did not have to live from church to church, but had places of their own, but while they are with us they are a blessing to the whole church, and particularly to the congregants who eat, live, and wash dishes together with them. I thank them for their patience with us as we learn together.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Northwest Philadelphia? Actually I don't really understand this question.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

encourage whoever is a guest to attend church/synagogue services if they are willing , just so more people could meet them and understand the program better.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been connected as a volunteer with NPIHN for four years. Firstly, I chaperoned guests who were homeless and stayed at our synagogue for two weeks at a time. The, through the Director of NPIHN, i began mentoring a young woman who was moving into a small row house and wanted someone to advise her on decorating and meal preparation. She has a three year old son, and it has been a pleasure to work with her and NPHIN to help her settle in.

We have developed a very close relationship. I have been guided by NPIHN staff in how to deal with her and in helping her connect to resources in the organization and the community. Her life wouldn't be the same without the assistance and guidance of the staff of this excellent organization.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing how the organization helps sustain a program participant in the community.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give a lot more money so they can hire more staff.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Besides serving a crucial need in our community of housing homeless families, NPIHN offers an invaluable service to its volunteers. Through serving homeless families in a variety of ways, volunteers of all ages and religions are afforded the opportunity of putting a face on the phenomenon of homelessness. Volunteers see that "homeless" people are exactly like anyone else and deserve a decent place to live and assistance raising their family. Clients and volunteers can get to know each other a little bit and thus increase the chances of decreasing homelessness. Also, the executive director of this organization is one of the smartest people I know!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing many people find housing and other critical services through NPIHN

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give it more money so it can grow.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Some

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2006

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Rating: 5 stars  

I know the founder Russ Hill is proud that NPIHN has become a caring, professional network of congregations working with famlies that have found themselves on the street. The NPIHN board want to expand our network of caring, provide more affordable housing and work to end homelessness. Join us!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Familes moving out of homelessness.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Clone our director.

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