Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN)
Volunteering for IHN is a rewarding experience. Contact Pastor Rebecca or the church office for further information on how to get involved.
IHN Updates during the Stay At Home Order for the week of MAY 24, 2020
Due to the current stay-at-home order in the state of Ohio, Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN) families are being housed at a hotel. Therefore, ways we can support these families are a little different than when we host at church.
Donations of shelf stable items that families can prepare in a microwave, or on a stove top (no ovens/baking) are ideal, as well donations of Kroger gift cards. The families are located in walking distance to a Kroger.
Families are also utilizing extra cleaning supplies, disinfecting wipes, gloves, etc., so if you happened to have stockpiled any of that, donations are welcome both for shelter operations and for our housed families that are having a hard time getting a hold of and affording those items.
As a host church, Armstrong Chapel needs to provide approximately 84 meals for 4 families in a week's time. Our host week begins May 24th. You may drop off donations inside the doors of the Education entrance at church.
• $30 Kroger Gift Cards
• Shelf stable grocery packs (Foods such as Easy Mac, granola bars, fruit snacks, soup, hot dogs, PB&J etc.)
• Cleaning Supplies (Paper towels, wipes, disposable gloves, disinfectant cleaners etc.)
Please Indicate what you are able to donate using the link. Monetary donations are also appreciated.
There are many ways you can help: This structure is on hold until the stay at home order is lifted. Consider how you may help going forward in any one of these ways.
- Setup: On the first Sunday morning of our host week, we need several volunteers to help move bedding to the sleeping areas. Typically, 11:15 Sunday at the start of the week.
- Meals: Each night of our host week, we serve hot dinners which include an entrée, side/vegetable, salad, bread and dessert. One can volunteer to provide any of these dishes for an evening. Food should be dropped off between 5:00 and 5:30pm.
- Evening Host: Evening volunteers serve dinners, clean the kitchen, and help guests make their lunches for the next day. Typically from 5:00-8:30pm
- Overnight Host: Overnight volunteers sleep in a private room and make sure our guests are comfortable. They serve breakfast in the morning and see our guests off to the bus. Typically, 8:30pm through the night and until 7:00am.
- Tear Down: On the second Sunday morning of our host week, we need several volunteers to help move bedding back to the storage areas.
- Evening Play and Crafts: After dinner of our host week, one can volunteer to play with the kids after dinner while the parents make their lunch for the next day.
- Donations: Donations of family-friendly videos, crafts or toys are always appreciated for the host weeks. Additionally, the IHN Day Center also has a long list of desired items (see the “IHN Donations List ” below) that need to be provided to our guests. Donations can be left under the main staircase in the Atrium, across from the elevator.
Sign-ups typically begin 4-6 weeks before the host week. You can sign up over the internet (see the “Host week sign up” section), or in the Atrium.
IHN provides families with "house warming" gifts as they start their new lives away from IHN. Click for a list of requested items IHN Donation List. Donations may be dropped off at the church and labeled for IHN. On behalf of the families you are helping, THANK YOU!
HOST WEEK SIGNUP
Thank you for volunteering! Below is an electronic form to sign up for our host weeks. A paper copy is also available at church, in the Atrium. In the event of duplication or overlap, the IHN Coordinator will contact you directly for resolution.
Host weeks for 2020 are:
- May 24- Sign up needs are adjusted for this host week. Refer to the top of the page.
- June 28
- August 2
- December 27
Sign Up Snap Shot