A Message from Interfaith Hospitality Network of the Main Line
an Affiliate of
Over the last few weeks, many of us have experienced feelings of loss, pain, righteous anger, and sadness. We have watched videos and listened to stories from people who have experienced life differently, or maybe we have heard stories that triggered a personal experience in our own lives.
These emotions, these stories, these authentic lived experiences call us to take action, to open our eyes, to see things through new lenses, but most importantly to strive to make things better as we come together and work toward justice for all.
Police violence, School to prison pipeline, Mass incarceration, Homelessness, Systemic Racism – “Our Silence does not protect us” (Audre Lorde). This is not a time to be neutral. This is a time to LISTEN, to LEARN, and to ACT.
The three words, written by Claas Ehlers (Family Promise National), LISTEN, LEARN, ACT, are so very important. They are a call to action. A call that has been heard by many throughout our nation and a call that is heard at IHN-ML.
As an organization that is called to end homelessness, create social justice, and act in faith, we must stand ready to LISTEN, LEARN and ACT. LISTEN to those that experience injustice, trauma, and despair. LEARN as we walk together on a new path, a path leading out of despair, a path leading out homelessness, and a path that leads toward hope. ACT in a way that promotes healing promotes equity, and builds connection.
We are grateful that we are not alone as we Listen, Learn, and Act. We are thankful for volunteers that LISTEN to the stories and experiences of families in our program. Volunteers and donors who are called to ACT by welcoming all who walk through their door as well as share food and resources with strangers.
As an organization, IHN-Main Line stands ready to commit to continuing to LEARN from those whose story includes marginalization, racism, injustice, and homelessness. We are outraged at the pain that others have endured, we are humbled to learn and eager to understand how our actions may have contributed to that, and we are hopeful. We are hopeful that unity and change are on the horizon.
Family Promise CEO Claas Ehlers Speaks on Racism and Injustice
Representive Jennifer O’Mara visits Interfaith Hospitaily Network of the Main Line
December 5, 2019, IHN –Main Line staff and Board Member Anne Minicozzi enjoyed a visit from Representative Jennifer O’Mara. Representative O’Mara has taken a special interest in education, healthcare, employment, senior citizens, and housing. As someone who has experienced the impact of loss and the struggles felt in a one-parent household, Rep. O’Mara understands the trauma that impacts our IHN- ML Families. We are grateful for the time that she spent touring our Norristown Day Center, learning about emergency shelter and hearing about the challenges that families face when experiencing homelessness.
OMS FOR HOMES
Held Sunday, November 17th 2019
Thank you to everyone that attended OMS FOR HOMES community yoga event supporting IHN-ML. All had a soul filling afternoon!
Thank you for your financial support, all funds go directly to support homeless families.
Every year 600,000 families with 1.35 million children experience homelessness in the United States, according to the National Alliance to End Homelessness. Families are the fastest-growing segment of the homeless population, accounting for almost 50% of the nation’s homeless. Typically, families become homeless as a result of some unforeseen financial crisis – a medical emergency, a car accident, a death in the family – that prevents them from being able to hold on to housing. Interfaith Hospitality Network of the Main Line (IHN-ML) provides a caring and positive environment for homeless families while they design and implement a plan to break the cycle of homelessness in their lives. Using area congregations and the energy of several hundred community volunteers, IHN-ML is dedicated to helping families who seek to be accountable, resilient, and strive for a better tomorrow.
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Let’s keep working together to end homelessness one family at a time.
On behalf of the lives you have impacted,
we thank you!!
Watch this short video about Family Promise that was featured on NBC’s Today Show.