Sheltering Families, Building Community

Interfaith Hospitality Network brings the faith community together to help parents with children who are in need of shelter. Our congregations give these families a home-like place to stay with three meals a day within a community of caring volunteers. Our congregations transform their facilities for a week or two at a time in support of these parents and children. During the day, families come to our Day Center to receive case management services, job search resources, and an opportunity to work toward independence, affordable housing, and stability for the children. Goals are set and parents are compassionately guided to take the steps necessary to become self-sufficient and find a home.

Interfaith Hospitality Network gets people back on their feet

Helen Wolt, The Gazette

The Torres family came to the Interfaith Hospitality Network of Colorado Springs in February with three grocery sacks, which held all of their belongings.

(At right: Julio Torres holds his two-year old daughter Jaylee inside their new apartment near Rangewood Drive on Monday, June 8, 2009. It wasn't too long ago that Torres and his family didn't have anywhere to live. Now he has a job working for the United Way, a job he is grateful for. It's a job that allows him to give back.

The Gazette, Bryan Oller)

More Families Find Themselves Homeless Amid Economy

Families are the nation's fastest growing segment of the homeless population, according to the National coalition for the Homeless. And with the economic crisis, particularly the rising rate of foreclosures and unemployment, it's a trend that might continue. Annice and Edwin Greene, a married couple with children, live in a Virginia homeless shelter. They explain the difficulty of raising a family in a shelter and their plans to get back on their feet.

Listen to a 17 minute NPR story aired 4/28/2009. . .