Guiding Families Towards Home

Interfaith Hospitality Network of Essex County

We help homeless families — parents and children — who are in need of shelter. We give them a place to stay and three meals a day by housing them at our network of churches and synagogues. While they’re in our shelter network, we work with moms and dads on a plan that addresses the issues that led to their homelessness. Goals are set and parents are compassionately guided to take the steps necessary to find a home and become self-sufficient.


Call IHN at 973-746-1400, Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Interfaith Hospitality Network
Interfaith Hospitality Network



Montessori Children’s Academy Chooses IHN for Drive

Every year, elementary-aged students at the Montessori Children’s Academy of Short Hills vote on a charity that they’d like to support and this year IHN received the honor.








Bicycle Donations Keep Memory Alive

For the past five years, many IHN children have received their own bicycles thanks to Mike’s Bikes, a yearly donation program initiated by Mike’s daughter, Merrill Silver.








Momagama Chooses IHN in Gift of Giving Campaign

Momagama, a hyperlocal website for moms, has chosen IHN as the recipient of its first ever Gift of Giving.








IHN Children Receive New Pets

The children at IHN just got some new pets: six tropical fish along with a new 10-gallon aquarium.








IHN Annual Breakfast to Support Homeless Families in Essex County

Interfaith Hospitality Network of Essex County is holding A Chance for Every Child fundraising event at Mayfair Farms in West Orange on Wednesday, Oct. 23.








IHN Video Thanks Summer Camp Funders

IHN was able to send over 50 children to summer camp thanks to the generous donations from many special funders.







Back to School

IHN Back-to-School Drive Begins

IHN’s drive for school supplies has officially begun in the hopes that every child in the shelter program and IHN housing will have everything they need to start school off right!






Gift cards needed

IHN In Need of Grocery Gift Cards

IHN has recently seen a spike in the number of families needing food assistance. The reason? Most of our clients cite the economy. Hearing that it has improved for many, most low income families tell us they haven’t noticed a difference.





IHN Benefits From a Special Birthday

IHN Benefits From a Special Birthday

Like many of us turning a certain age, we throw parties to celebrate our milestones. Such was the case for IHN trustee, volunteer and Dream Team* member Kathy Stine.





Montclair's Interfaith Hospitality Network of Essex County helps families go home

Montclair's Interfaith Hospitality Network of Essex County helps families go home

Christell Thomas' social worker stopped her from renting the first apartment she picked out. Brenda Myrick, director of Social Services of Interfaith Hospitality Network of Essex County, nixed her choice.






ACNJ Releases New Jersey Kids Count 2013 County Rankings

ACNJ each year publishes New Jersey Kids Count, a statewide report on child well-being. While this annual snapshot on the conditions of children across the state is very informative, it is also useful to take a closer look at county level data to better understand how children are faring in each of New Jersey’s 21 counties and in different parts of the state.





IHN Families Attend Financial Workshops

IHN Families Learn Yoga, Healthy Cooking

IHN families recently completed the first module of H.E.A.L. (Health, Education And Literacy) activities, aimed at the well-being of vulnerable populations and disadvantaged communities, most particularly women and girls.





IHN Families Attend Financial Workshops

IHN Families Attend Financial Workshops

Practical tips prompt the families to stop and examine their purchasing habits to see where they can make changes ... considering options about cell phone contracts, car payments, and insurance.





KinderSmile Provides Dental Care for IHN Children

KinderSmile Provides Dental Care for IHN Children

The KinderSmile Foundation came through IHN’s doors March 8 to provide oral care education and dental screening to 12 IHN children.






IHN Welcomes New Services to Further Help Families

Interfaith Hospitality Network recently won a grant of $321,000 to provide homelessness prevention and housing services to the community.






Twin Talents Benefit IHN

It’s a wonderful thing that each of us possesses varied talents and gifts. And it becomes a blessing when those talents are used for good. That’s how it is with Jeremy and Maya Stepansky.






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This video shows how faithful friends of IHN...staff, volunteers, and board members... help care for homeless families in Essex County, making lasting and impactful relationships..