As a founding Board member, I have observed hundreds of families arrive at WIHN with their lives in shambles since July of 1994. After a week or so at WIHN, families become more relaxed and begin to have hope for getting back on their feet. They begin to have confidence that their personalized plan worked out with staff is beginning to work. Lives are impacted in life changing ways. I will illustrate with a story about an experience a volunteer at my church had with a mother and her teenage son. The volunteer was playing basketball in the gym with the son, and became impressed with him and how he conducted himself. The next day, the volunteer had occasion to take the mother to an appointment. The volunteer told the mother that she was doing a wonderful job raising her son, then noticed that a tear was running down the mother's cheek. "Is something wrong." the volunteer asked. "No," the mother responded. "Noone ever told me before that I am a good mother." This is just one example of many that demonstrates how families are positively impacted by WIHN on their journey back to independence.
I have been a volunteer for WIHN since its inception. What grabbed me about WIHN was that it brought families in need directly to churches. Volunteers need merely go to their own local church to help out. WIHN is a local community based organization with hundreds of volunteers annually. I contribute both financially and with my time. I've seen the results WIHN and its volunteers have had on the lives of the families that have been helped. WIHN doesn't just provide temporary housing, WIHN has an aftercare program where they continue to provide guidance and education to families once they have reached independent living. I can't think of a better way my time and money are spent than thru supporting a fantastic organization such as WIHN.
Imagine what it would be like. One day you are going to work, paying your bills, coming home to your children and enjoying life. The next day you lose your job. Within a short time your savings is gone, and you are out of options. You are evicted or foreclosed on and have no where to go. The word "homeless" typically brings up imagines of chronically homeless people with mental illness or addictions spun out of control, but I learned 7 years ago that my community has hundreds of families with children who have no place to go. As a CPA, I love for things to be efficient. Wake Interfaith Hospitality Network is very efficient - leveraging a network of thousands of volunteers in over 50 faith congregations and facilities that largely go unused during the week to provide a warm, safe place to stay, meals shared with love, and professional case management and practical help. I can't imagine a better organization to get behind in my community!