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.