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1-24-05 Area Churches Help Homeless Families

……. Interfaith Hospitality Network of Athens, Inc. started hosting guests who are defined as homeless families. About 12 area churches are involved. A Day Center was established on Hancock Avenue across from Athens First Baptist Church. The Center acts as a daytime ‘office’ and provides an address, phone no. etc for guests seeking employment.

AVOC

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January 6, 2005

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Area Churches Establish IHN Athens, Inc.

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By Wendell Dawson, Editor, AVOC, Inc

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In October, 2004, Interfaith Hospitality Network of Athens, Inc. started hosting guests who are defined as homeless families.   About 12 area churches are involved.A Day Center was established on Hancock Avenue across from Athens First Baptist Church.   The Center acts as a daytime ‘office’ and provides an address, phone no. etc for guests seeking employment.

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IHN Athens Day Center on Hancock Ave. Athens

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Only families, children required, and those passing a Crime Information Records check can qualify.   The families are hosted at a local church for a week at a time on a rotating basis.Local church volunteers help by preparing food, driving van, evening and overnight hosts etc.

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My church was the host church Thanksgiving Week 2004.My wife and I were overnight hosts for one night.It is a rewarding experience and we hope the program continues to grow.The organization owns a van and cots or bedding that are moved from church to church along with accessories.

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IHN Athens, Inc. has raised significant funds and has received donations and grants from area churches and foundations.The response has been very good.

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The Organization is affiliated with the national organization called Family Promise.It recently published an article about the Athens IHNA.Some of that information appears here.

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Family Promise

http://www.familypromise.org/about/about.html

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Winter 2005

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See Detailed Story on IHN Athens in Winter 2005 Family Promise Newsletter:

http://www.familypromise.org/news/documents/Winter2005newslettersinglepageversion.pdf

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News
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In recently opening four new networks Family Promise reached a milestone of 100 operating affiliates, the opening of three new networks in November alone, and expansion to a 34th state. Family Promise now operates 103 Interfaith Hospitality Networks with the support of 3,500 congregations and over 100,000 volunteers.

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Athens, Georgia, Has Network

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Not only is the Athens Interfaith Hospitality Network the fourth IHN to open in Georgia, it was Family Promise's 100th affiliate as well! Athens welcomed its first family with three boys on October 31st. The Athens IHN is the only program in the area that shelters intact families without charging guests a fee. Amanda Gray, Director of the IHN in Augusta delivered the opening training to an impressive crowd of 171 volunteers, coordinators, and board members. Volunteers transformed an historic house into a day center by renovating the entire first floor.


Mission of Family Promise:

Our mission is to help low-income families nationwide achieve lasting independence and to redress the underlying causes of poverty and homelessness.

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Family Promise was founded on the belief that Americans are compassionate people who want to make a difference. Our promise has been to link those in need with those who want to help. Fifteen years and 95,000 volunteers later, our pledge is ever broader and deeper.

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We work to accomplish our mission through four program areas:

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Interfaith Hospitality Networks (IHNs) provide shelter, meals, and comprehensive support services to homeless families.


Athens Area Churches in IHN Athens, Inc

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Central Presbyterian                                  

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Covenant Presbyterian                  

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Emmanuel Episcopal

First Baptist Athens                                    

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First United Methodist, Athens     

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First United Methodist, Watkinsville        

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Holy Cross Lutheran

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Trinity Lutheran Church                            

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Milledge Ave. Baptist

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Princeton First United Methodist/Oconee Street United Methodist

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St. Gregory’s Episcopal                 

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Unitarian Universalist Fellowship


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