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Northwest Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network Inc

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9 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

NPIHN is a phenomenally successful faith based shelter program for homeless families. Operated out of churches and synagogues and relying heavily on volunteers, this organization has ushered many families through the maze of social services and educational barriers to permanent self-sufficiency. Families move from church to church during and average stay of six months. They are provided with counseling, classes in financial management, a savings match program, assistance finding jobs, finding transitional housing programs, finding permanent housing, help with school uniforms and supplies, and new community connections. Graduates of the program come back to help others once they are on their feet, and they refer people. What greater endorsement can a program have?

Review from Guidestar

Board Member

Rating: 5

I chose to be a Board Member after watching, supporting and seeing my friends enthusiasm as she serves on this board. My initial feeling was this is a very caring and empowering organization. The leadership of the Executive Director is outstanding. The services provided is useful, helpful and definitely wonderful effort to help those in need. I am proud to be part of this team.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

As a former board president, I have first-hand experience with NPIHN's organization's leadership. Rachel is an amazing executive director and advocate. This city is lucky to have her.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I chose to be on the Board of the Northwest Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network after spending some time mentoring a young woman and her three year old son who were temporarily housed at our synagogue. I found what the Network was doing to change and improve the lives of people who did not want to be homeless and were striving to put their lives back in order to be compelling. I decided that this was so important that I could not just look to others to do the work, but had to carry my share of the load by becoming an active participant.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The services and guidance provided by the Northwest Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network provide a life line to the families they serve. It is great to support a group so very committed to serving, supporting and guiding families in need. I am happy to volunteer!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I am a forner volunteer, board member and board president. NPIHN is a truly amazing organization due to its dedicated staff and volunteers. It helps families get back on their feet by providing a myriad of services, including housing and counseling. It has a remarkable success rate with over 90% of its families never returning to homelessness.

Review from Guidestar

Board Member

Rating: 5

As a volunteer since the beginning of the program (almost 20 years) I spend one or two overnights during the twice yearly periods when they stay at my church in Germantown. At these times you get to meet the guests and learn about their history, what they are now doing to alter their conditions, and their aspirations for the future. It is very inspiring to see, in spite of all their challenges, how they rise each day to meet these obligations in a very positive and inspirational manner.
Five years ago, after retirement, I was asked to represent my church on the board. During this time I have been able to be involved with many other aspects of the program, particularly focused on ways to provide transformational housing and financial matters.
The real joy of NPIHN is the involvement of so many volunteers who give to others their time, talents, energy, and finances because they see, first hand, the help that is provided to these good people who have had some tough times.





Review from Guidestar

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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!

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