The IHN Mission
The mission of the Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN) is to engage the community and its resources in providing basic, preventative, and support services to families with children who are in homeless situations or at risk of becoming so.
IHN realizes its mission by providing transitional shelter
and supportive services to homeless families and those at immediate
risk to experience homelessness. IHN's primary goal is to assist
families with children to permanently transition into independent
affordable housing; secondary goals include meeting community
transitional housing needs in the most cost-effective manner
possible and providing congregations with an opportunity to
put their faith into action.
The Interfaith Hospitality Network derives its name from its numerous partnerships with area congregations that provide shelter and direct support to homeless families; the network includes congregations of diverse faiths and denominations. However, IHN is a secular nonprofit organization whose services are available to all families with children regardless of personal religious beliefs; Network congregations are strictly prohibited from proselytizing to guest families.
What Are We All About?
In the United States, families with children are the fastest growing
segment of the homeless population.
Over 40% of the sheltered homeless people in Colorado Springs are families.
In a supportive environment, IHN provides shelter, sustenance and intense case management and referrals to local agencies as the families work to achieve four goals:
- Stay together as a family.
- Become employed (actively seek employment if not employed upon entrance of the program).
- Save the major portion of their earnings (for affordable housing)
- Secure affordable housing.
Each week guests document their efforts to attain their goals.
- Families served = 24
- Adults = 35
- Children = 48
- Families that moved into affordable housing = 15
- Success Rate = 63%
- Volunteer Hours = In excess of 16,000
- IHN also served an additional 1200 people by providing referrals and case management
- IHN had an occupancy rate of 96%
- Families served = 27
- Adults = 39
- Children = 66
- Families that moved into affordable housing = 17
- Families Interviewed = 87
- Success Rate = 92% (2003 success rate = 86%)
- Volunteer Hours = In excess of 15,668
- Provided 126 months of rental assistance to 45 families
- IHN also served an additional 900 people by providing referrals and case management