The Interfaith Hospitality Network of Ocean County is a non-profit, interfaith ministry committed to providing shelter, meals and assistance to homeless families. Our well-trained volunteers reach out with our compassion and acceptance, providing help, hope and a safe haven for our guests while they seek permanent employment and affordable housing. We increase community awareness and advocate responsible solutions to homelessness.
IHN is an affiliate of Family Promise, a national organization with 162 affiliate programs and over 130,000 volunteers, helping people in need. IHN will send a representative to any organization or event to share information about our program.
IHN provides guest families with 24-hour shelter. Area churches and synagogues (our “host congregations”) provide overnight accommodation on their premises, as well as a place for dinner and breakfast. Volunteers from host and support congregations provide a family-style evening meal as well as breakfast. Each congregation hosts for one week at a time, and they may host up to 14 guests. Typically, each congregation hosts families four times per year. Support congregations partner with host congregations to staff a hosting week.
IHN’s trained volunteers welcome homeless families to their churches and synagogues and offer a caring environment. Network guests often form valuable and beneficial friendships with congregation members and have discovered community resources, employment leads, and housing opportunities through interactions with volunteers.
During the day, guests work with staff to set priorities and take the steps necessary to gain self-sufficiency. In additional to shelter, IHN provides guest families with comprehensive case management, education and training in life skills, parenting, financial management, counseling and other services as need. Services are tailored to the family’s individual needs. IHN often continues to provide services to families after they have left the program. We recently enhanced continuing services by adding a Family Mentoring Program.