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  

We have volunteered for this organization now for several years. It provides temporary housing in churches and synagogues for people and families who are awaiting more permanent housing. We have cooked meals, as well as served and eaten with the families. Our children have been able to be involved and the experience puts a very human face on issues of unemployment, homeless and the need for dignity and respect.

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

the way my children respect people less fortunate than they are

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

elicit feedback from volunteers after each participation directly to the organization

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Rating: 5 stars  

Our church has volunteered with NPIHN for many years. I have cooked quite a few dinners for the clients and attended s the empty bowl fund raisers. The organization has helped keep families together and provide shelter for 19 years.

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

Seeing homeless families have places to live and transition to homes of their own.

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

Try to expand the program with more housing sources.

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Rating: 4 stars  

I have observed how the organization made an impact while volunteering to prepare meals for the NPIHN guest of my church. The residents were very greatful for the help and the stories they relayed about where they were and where they are now... where very moving.

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As a volunteer with NPIH Ive learned first hand how homelessness affects our community, through stories of the homeless themselves.

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

Secure additional funding to expand their outreach program.

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Rating: 5 stars  

NPIHN has been a part of my congregation's ministry for 17 years. Members and friends volunteer for this program more than any other outreach program of the church. We love it and value what it brings to our community.

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

knowing the families helped and in helping to recruit volunteers.

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

help get more volunteers

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Rating: 5 stars  

IHN operates in our church. i have seen families come and go. they are good people who treat others with respect and dignity. IHN is a blessing in the community.

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Having the program function in our church has provided me the chance to learn more about the homeless.

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

See if it could be expanded city-wide.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I serve as an overnight host. I am impressed with the quality of the program and the way it has been handled in our congregation. I am also pleased with the direction of NPIHN.

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As a volunteer I better understand issues related to homelessness and the quality of the people who have been guests.

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

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Rating: 5 stars  

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As a NPIHN volunteer since the program's beginning in Philadelphia, I have observed many organizational changes implemented to best accommodate the needs of homeless families. This willingness to change keeps the organization relevant and responsive to the needs of its families, volunteers and to those working to combat homelessness in our broader community. The program is great and I highly recommend involvement!


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

As a volunteer I've gained insight regarding homelessness through the first hand stories of the guests.

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

Secure additional funding to expand the program's outreach and capacity.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been involved with NPIHN for virtually all of its years of existence as at various times a Congregational Coordinator and a board member. I have seen many,many families grow and blossom as a result of their experience with the Network and the volunteers and staff that make up the Network. The Network has grown greatly so that it not only hosts families but also seeks to help the guests after they have moved on into the community. It's been great to observe the development of the organization and the expansion to meet families in many different ways, all while doing so in a very cost-effective manner. I also feel that the volunteers benefit greatly by their involvement with the guests who "put a face" on the societal problem of homelessness. The Network is a blessing to many, and I continue to support it through my time and money.

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

Talking with guests after they have "graduated from the program" and observe and hear feedback from congregation members who have volunteered

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

Obtain more funding so that the staff could be paid better and the services could be expanded further

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have volunteered for NPIHN numerous times and in various roles. Not only have I had great experiences with the families in the program and the dedicated staff as well. I have also gained new insights on poverty and life in general. Homelessness could happen to all of us. It doesn't discriminate.

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

seeing the former families make it on their own and staying stable.

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

want it to grow to be able to accommodate more families in all parts of the city.

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Rating: 4 stars  

I have been cooking dinners for NPHIN since it's inception, and hosting on the evenings I cook. I always make it a practice to do this at least twice (to get to know the guests better) during each rotation at our synagogue and help out at other congregations when asked. I've also helped connect the organized Secular Jewish community with the program. Being involved in NPHIN led to my writing a book about homeless families and children in America. What becomes evident when working with these families is how diverse the homeless population is and how invisible. The other thing that has always impressed me is the tight connections between the children and their parents. After volunteering with the Network one can no longer say that will never happen to me or someone I love.

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

Families and single women who graduate from the program are able to turn their lives around even in this difficult economy. They are treated with respect and respect themselves. Almost all of the parents are involved either in working or educational programs so they can not be accused of trying to get by on charity.

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

Expand it's ability to reach more needy families.

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