Interfaith Hospitality Network of Essex County is a not-for-profit organization that provides shelter, professional support services and housing assistance so homeless families can find and sustain a new home. We do this with help from an extensive network of volunteers, generous individuals and other partners throughout our community.
How We Started
Interfaith Hospitality Network of Essex County, an affiliate of Family Promise, opened their doors in 1988 as a compassionate response to the increase in homelessness among families.
Rather than buying or leasing a shelter facility, IHN harnessed the space and resources of 13 congregations who agreed to house homeless families one week at a time. This original network has now expanded to more than 60 congregations in Essex County who host or lend volunteers to provide a safe and caring shelter network 365 days a year.
Along with that, additional case management services have grown to help families locate permanent housing while addressing the issues that led to their homelessness. Families may benefit from job assistance, budgeting workshops, enrichment activities for their children, counseling and more.