As one of our clients said, "This is a shelter that is not like a shelter." We depend on volunteers from 12 to 15 various religious congregations and in any year that means there are about 1000 volunteers working with 10 to 16 families at a time. Our volunteers are trained to listen and not pry and to care lovingly and not judge. The congregations they represent are active supporters in many ways and their neighborhoods, friends and relatives learn from them to be understanding and concerned enough to make a difference.
NPIHN shelters, encourages, empowers and provides specific training in family, child and maternal health and in financial management. For these programs we use professional leaders who frequently become volunteers.
I am proud to be associated with this organization as a board member, overnight host, provider of transportation and meals and
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
my work as a volunteer for 10 years and as a board member for seven years.
Ways to make it better...
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
help them get involved in rehabing homes for the clients and/or providing our own transitional housing apartments. The available housing pool in Philadelphia is not good and it is hard to place families who are ready and to help new families.