Through the Burlington county Interfaith Hospitality Network, we at FPC with 21 other churches extend compassion, care and hope to families through a network of Host and Support Congregations, social and business organizations, and individual volunteers. We provide emergency shelter, meals, transportation, and other support for assisting families to regain their independence. The families are provided with essential service for locating and securing housing, employment and job training as well as helping to rebuild their savings, repair their credit and restore their unity.
At the center of the program is the IHN Day Center, which is located on Moorestown-Mount Laurel Road. In addition to providing case management, the center offers work areas, as well as a home environment with kitchen and laundry facilities. It also serves as their temporary address, telephone, and transportation center.
In the evenings the families go to the Host Congregation for dinner, overnight accommodations, and breakfast. The families arrive at the churches around 5pm and leave the following morning at 6:30am. Congregations can host up to 4 families and a total of 14 individuals for one-week periods. The arrive at the new congregations on Sunday evening and leave the following Sunday morning.
Volunteers are needed at FPC to prepare/provide meals, host evening activities (arts/crafts, homework assistance, infant assistance, reading, and so forth, along with hosting overnight. The are also opportunities for assisting with set up and breakdown of rooms, beds, toys, etc. and providing transportation for the families as needed. In general there are approximately 50 opportunities for assisting/volunteering during the week that we host these families in need.
If you would like to know more about IHN and volunteering opportunities please contact
Joe Sheideler (856) 461-5475.