Guiding Families Towards Home
About IHN


Interfaith Hospitality Network is run by a small group of dedicated staff.


Emma Justice

Executive Director


Brenda Myrick, MPA, MSW

Director of Social Services

Brenda joined Interfaith Hospitality Network in September 2009 after spending 11 years working with the homeless population at various organizations. As director of social services, Brenda is responsible for our intake process which includes screening, assessing, and interviewing potential clients. She also provides our families with case management, referrals and advocacy services, manages our 14-bed shelter network and transitional housing program and more.


Ellen Donker

Development Associate

As development associate, Ellen is responsible for coordinating programs to increase the organization's support base among individuals. This includes communications to donors in person, and via print and online media. Previously, Ellen spent 18 years in marketing both at the corporate and small business levels.


Sidney Edwards

Van Driver

Sidney handles the transportation of clients in our network. Each evening he drives them from the IHN Family Day Center to the hosting congregation where they are staying for the week. In the morning he returns them to the IHN Family Day Center from where children are brought to school and parents leave for work. Sidney also pitches in where needed with various errands to assist the office and our clients.


Danita Hinnant

Case Manager

As a case manager, Danita Hinnnant works with homeless families and those in IHN’s permanent housing programs to help them become self-sufficient.

Danita is a graduate of Rutgers University with a Bachelor of Social Work degree and upcoming plans to work toward her master’s degree. Her choice of majors was driven by personal experience that gave her a strong desire to help other families get through the struggles her own family faced.

Equipped with an outgoing personality and a gentle spirit, Danita believes in making a difference in the world even if it’s a small one, one day at a time.



Angie Benedict

Volunteer Manager

Angie works with volunteers in the Emergency Shelter Program and the community at large to help connect them with IHN in various ways. Whether it’s cooking a meal for shelter families, running a drive, or educating a group about homelessness, Angie facilitates their involvement. Angie has a B.A. from Villanova University and has prior experience working in corporate as well as non-profit positions.

Angie Benedict


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"I will be forever grateful that I came into this program, and that I was able to meet and have met great people that I consider my extended family. Because of the IHN program and the people that are in the program with me, I have been able to crawl out of the dark hole and face the world. I know that this year and years to come will be new adventures that will be based on the new lease on life that I have gotten from my time at IHN."