(FORMERLY KNOWN AS: INTERFAITH HOSPITALITY NETWORK)
Working to Solve the problem of Homelessness
The problem of homelessness is significant, especially for families. Few things are worse than children and youth who do not have a safe, warm place to lay their head. But what can churches do? Alps Road PC is part of a national network that seeks to help homeless families through their time of crisis. Along with over a dozen other churches in Athens, ARPC works with families in need. Interfaith Hospitality Network is a program that allows churches to use their facilities, to provide temporary housing for up to three families at a time. Each church in the network takes a turn hosting the families for a week in their church facilities. A few rooms are rearranged so that up to three families can receive safe housing overnight. Those without children or youth are directed toward other homeless solutions. Interfaith only works with families who have been carefully screened to make sure there are no drug or alcohol problems. During the day the families are in school and at work, or sitting the day center looking for work. At 5 p.m. they arrive at the particular church. Church volunteers provide dinner and conversation. Two volunteers from the church always spend the night along with our families in case of emergency. At 7 a.m. a van takes people to their appointed schools, jobs, or other responsibilities. The program also provides counseling on needed life skills. Our hope is that most of the families will be in the program only a few weeks, before they can transition into more stable housing. It is Alps Road's way of reaching out with caring hands to those who have great need. Jesus said, "Whenever you do it unto one of the least of these, you do it to me."
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