Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN) “Shelter Week”
The Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN) helps families who are seeking permanent housing by giving them shelter and three meals a day through the hospitality of different churches and synagogues.
With the support of Park United Methodist Church’s Mission House, volunteers from St. Cassian Church will be hosting guest families during the week of February 17 through February 24. Please note that this year, we will not be using the school gym during this host week, but families will be staying in a Mission House in Bloomfield. As in past years, St. Cassian volunteers will continue to shop for necessary items, prepare meals, volunteer during the day, sleep overnight, and wash the linens at the end of the week. The parish community has worked together for many years to make this outreach a success. If you are interested in volunteering during (or to help prepare for) our host week, please sign up using the links below.
Grocery Shopping List or Bulk Shopping List ⇐Click One
To prepare ourselves for the arrival of our guests, we are requesting donations that can be found at your local grocery store (i.e., Shoprite) or wholesale stores (i.e., Costco). If you are able and willing to donate essential items needed throughout the week, please sign up and drop it off in the Parish Center by Wednesday, Feb. 13.
Daytime & Overnight Volunteers ⇐ Click Here
Daytime volunteers may sign up to volunteer 6:00pm – 8:30pm Tuesday through Friday evenings. Daytime volunteers may also sign up for 2-3 hour shifts Saturday, Sundays, and President’s Day (Monday). Volunteers will be present to engage with children and parents and may be asked to help set up and/or clean up after meals. Overnight volunteers are also needed to stay from 8:30pm-7:15am to be available for any emergencies or to assist with the needs of the guests. While an air bed and tent are provided, please bring your own sleeping bag/bedding and pillow.
Meal Preparation ⇐ Click Here
Throughout the week, volunteers are needed to prepare meals to feed about 7-15 people. Cooks are also welcome share a meal with our guests and fellow volunteers.
Laundry Volunteers (After Host Week) ⇐ Click Here
As we close our host week, volunteers are needed to wash the bedding and towels used by the guest families. Linens can be picked up the the Mission House in Bloomfield on Sun., 2/24 between 11:30am and 12:00pm.