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Northwest Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network Inc

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42 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Dani H.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!


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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

NPHIN is a wonderful, caring organization doing hands-on work to help people get back on their feet. I'm the Associate Pastor at our church, that has both hosted their clients and helped other churches host by providing meals. The organization is well run, treats its clients with respect and dignity, and has many great success stories to share about getting people into stable housing. What a wonderful, much-needed organization!

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

For several years, my family and I--often, along with friends--have cooked and shared dinner with families being served through NPIHN. It has been an eye-opening experience to see the face of homelessness, which shatters stereotypes and gives statistics a name and a story. I've been impressed with how smoothly NPIHN manages the logistics of moving families, often with young children, in and out of various churches and synagogues, and with how they support their volunteers. NPIHN works by building relationships with clients who are homeless and helping connect them with the resources to gain stability.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

NIHPN does a great job on two fronts: guiding families out of homelessness, and bringing a wide range of congregations and members of very diverse backgrounds together to work on a common problem. By housing families in churches and synagogues, many dozens of people become aware of fellow human beings, not an abstract "homeless person." That has been part of my experience working as a volunteer over the years.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering with the Interfaith Hospitality Network has been a great experience for my kids and me and a wonderful way to connect with families in transition. We've enjoyed making dinners, eating with the families and playing with kids. We have found IHN to be a very respectful and quality organization to support with Christmas gifts, too.

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Yona D.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The programs run by Northwest Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network (NPIHN) are so valuable to the people they serve. I have been volunteering as a dinner host for many years, and when my children were young, I used to bring them along with me to play with the children in the program, before and after dinner. Any one of us could be in the situation of needing help, and this kind of help is what is needed--to be treated with dignity, and supported in the quest to be self-sufficient and to give back. Thanks NPIHN, for doing such good work all these years. You have provided tutoring where needed, help in job searches, furnishings for new residences, as well as food and shelter while things come together.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

The Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN) has been very inspiring in their bringing together families in need of temporary housing with groups (such as my synagogue) who provide housing, meals, and even some child care services for parents. Families are able to stay together, parents have a load taken off their back as they try to re-organize, a process which often includes job hunting as well as apartment hunting. IHN offers their services in a non-judgemental way, truly supporting families in maintaining dignity while they are in a very vulnerable situation.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My family helped to host dinner for several families at our synagogue, which turned out to be a wonderful evening for us and - I hope - for the families we got to know that evening. We greatly appreciated Interfaith Hospitality Network's efforts to house these homeless families, because not only did it give them a place to stay, but it gave my family an opportunity to volunteer for the community and to learn a little bit about helping others less fortunate. The week was well run, and the families appeared to feel welcome and seemed pleased with the chance to stay in our synagogue.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered over the past several years to make and serve meals and to serve as an overnight host both at my synague and at local churches also involved with IFN. IFN is well organized and well run - I always end up learning something from the family members that are in the program. I really value bringing by kids as well so they can recognize that homeless families are really no different than any other families.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My daughter and I have volunteered with NPIHN for many years. NPIHN is an amazing organization that helps keep homeless families together, and strives to house them in a welcoming, compassionate, and dignified way. As volunteers we had the opportunity to accompany and befriend our guests and share our life experiences. My daughter enjoyed doing homework and art work with the younger children. Having guests in our synagogue also sanctified it in a special way--it was great to know we could help shelter people.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been a volunteer for the congregational hospitality program for many years, and know it at many levels. The professional staff is caring, committed, competent - and very creative. The program provides a holistic approach - addressing the many needs of families in need of financial stability and dignified housing - not just a revolving shelter door. They make possible meaningful connections between hosts and families, among the hosting congregations of all faiths, and even between young German interns and folks in the neighborhood from all walks of life. Year in, year out - they change lives for the better.

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