Interfaith Hospitality Network Hosts Annual Breakfast October 15

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The Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN), an Essex County organization that provides homeless families with shelter and meals through a network of churches and synagogues with the goal of helping families find permanent housing, is hosting its Annual Breakfast on Wednesday, Oct. 15 from 7:45–9 a.m. at Mayfair Farms in West Orange.

The continental breakfast — the theme of which is “A Journey Home” — is an opportunity for people to learn more about IHN’s mission to help families move from homelessness to self-sufficiency. The event will feature board members, staff and a formerly homeless family.

While families are in the shelter network, the IHN works with parents on a plan to address the issues that led to the family’s homelessness, and helps them set goals to work toward finding a home and becoming self-sufficient.

The IHN provides:

  • Emergency shelter and meals 365 days a year through a network of 25 churches and synagogues in Essex County.
  • Family Resource Center in Montclair, N.J., where families can access phones and the internet and meet with case managers to work toward self-sufficiency. IHN provides van service between the host congregations and the IHN Family Resource Center.
  • Assistance with housing and employment searches; opportunities for job training; day care assistance; budget management, credit counseling, and parenting and nutrition workshops.
  • A free afterschool program five days a week for children in shelter and permanent housing at the IHN Family Resource Center in Montclair.

To attend, please register online. (Walk-ins will not be accepted.) If your company would like to be a breakfast sponsor, please contact Ellen Donker at

You can also donate to IHN or become a volunteer. To receive IHN news, sign up on their webpage.


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