IHN Executive Director Rachel Falkove reads to one of the children in the Interfaith Hospitality Network program.
-- Elisha Sawyer
At this time of renewal, follow the teaching of Abraham and Sarah.
A number of synagogues around the Greater Philadelphia area are actively participating in a creative solution to the growing problem of family homelessness and in doing so are following in the Abrahamic tradition of offering hospitality. Through their involvement with Interfaith Hospitality Network/ Family Promise and its affiliates throughout Pennsylvania, synagogue members are bringing about Tikkun Olam (repair of the world).
An example of such a network is Northwest Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network (NPIHN), which formed 19 years ago. Germantown Jewish Centre, along with several area churches, banded together to take turns opening up their buildings to homeless families. Since then the non-profit organization, with a core staff of three and a modest network of support staff and area congregations, has moved 275 families - approximately 770 individuals - from homelessness to stability. The program proves to be successful as over 92% of families that have completed the NPIHN program do not return to homelessness.
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