Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN)
First United Methodist Church participates in a cooperative program with other churches in Colorado Springs, called the Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN) or just "The NetworK." Each congregation in The Network provides overnight lodging and meals for up to 16 people (three or four families) for one week, two to four times each year.
Our guests are families that are temporarely without a home, due to accident, illness, or other emergency. each family has been screened by social workers before being accepted into the program. Families stay in the church for seven nights, starting on Sunday evening through the following Sunday morning. Families arrive "home" each day around 5:00 pm and leave by 7:00 am the following morning. Families go to the IHN day center each morning to prepare for school or jobs or pursuing affordable housing. They receive counseling and support from licensed IHN social workers. Most families regain economic stability and are able to leave The Network within two or three months.
Volunteers in the IHN program provide homeless families with basic human needs - shelter, safety, and sustenance - with a spirit of warmth and hospitality. in addition to setting up rooms, furnishing meals, and overnight hosting, volunteers do simple but immesurably important things. They talk to guests, listen to them, and treatr them with respect. Volunteers can be a source of hope when hope can be lost.
If you are interested in more information about Interfaith Hospitality Network at FUMC, you can visit www.ihn-cos.org or contact Katy Adams at firstname.lastname@example.org or Rev. Marlene Urban-Funk at email@example.com .
If you would like to volunteer for IHN, please submit the Volunteer Sign-Up Form.