Family Promise of Washington County Building Community - Strengthening Lives

Interfaith Hospitality Network

Interfaith Hospitality Network

  • A mother loses her job, a father is kept from working by an injury, a family is forced from their home by fire or natural disaster.  Healthcare costs soar, public transportation is underfunded, affordable housing is almost impossible to find.  These are the reasons why families now make up 40 percent of the homeless population, and why one out of every four homeless people is a child.
  • In response to this crisis, the Interfaith Hospitality Network brings the faith community together to help families regain their housing, their independence, and their dignity.  IHN is a partnership of congregations within a community helping families who are facing homelessness.  It offers an opportunity for volunteers of all faiths to reduce homelessness and transform lives.
  • Interfaith Hospitality Networks are currently operating in 41 states and the District of Columbia, in large cities, suburbs, and rural counties.  They mobilize community resources: houses of worship for lodging, congregations for volunteers, social service agencies for assessment and referrals, and existing facilities for day programs.  This strategy enables networks to help homeless families achieve lasting independence at a third of the cost of traditional shelters.

Host and Supporting Congregations

Hillsboro:

  • First Congregational United Church of Christ (Unitarian Universalist Church)
  • United Methodist Church (St. Matthews Catholic )
  • Calvary Lutheran Church (Trinity & Zion Lutheran, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints)
  • New Life Baptist Church

Aloha:

  • United Methodist Church

Beaverton:

  • Southminster Presbyterian Church

Cornelius:

  • Emanuel Lutheran Church (Cornelius & Banks United Methodist Congregation, St. Alexander Catholic Church)

Forest Grove:

  • First Christian Church
  • United Methodist Church (St. Beads Episcopal Church)
  • United Church of Christ