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Carol Young

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Review for NORTHWEST PHILADELPHIA INTERFAITH HOSPITALITY NETWORK INC, Philidelphia, PA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

Since its founding in 1991, NPIHN has sheltered, encouraged, cared for and placed in their own homes, 275 families representing over 700 individuals. Of these about 92% have stayed in their homes. We do not separate family members which means that both parents, infants and teenage children are kept together. Because NPIHN requires adults to finish their education, and helps them to make good grades and encourages them to get further training and education, several have gone on to get college degrees and most of the adults have far better jobs than they thought they would ever have. This has not only helped them keep homes, but it has improved their self image and helped guide their children to aspire to better educations and jobs thus breaking the cycle of despair and homelessness. Many of our former clients have returned to volunteer and we have actually hired two of them from time to time.

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
mentor.

Role:  Volunteer & Board member and volunteer.