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IHN: Prepare a Meal & Entertain Homeless Families

We will be a support group for IHN for 2016.  We will prepare and serve a meal to the families and then entertain the children with activities in the evening.

The Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN) is a unique partnership of religious and community organizations that provide shelter, meals and support services to families experiencing homelessness. Unlike other shelters where mom might need to go to one with the kids and dad would need to go to another on his own, IHN of Greater Cincinnati keeps families together.  Non-traditional families are accepted as well, so grandparents raising grandkids or adult children with their parents are also served, and there’s even a program to shelter the family pet.

In order to attend this event, we must know you and you must have participated in other community service events.  Contact Jen with any questions.

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  • Sue

    I don't know if you're on their list yet but IHN has an annual Volunteer Appreciation Celebration. It is Thursday, May 19 from 6-8pm at Isaac M. Wise Temple, 8329 Ridge Rd, Amberley Village. Light refreshments, no RSVP required.

    1 · April 12

  • Jen S.

    Great event! Here's the update Georgine sent about us: Wow! The second night was just as awesome as the first!! A big THANK YOU and WELCOME to our newest support group the Freethinkers! They provided delicious spaghetti, salad with homemade croutons, and two types of pie in honor of Pi Day.

    My favorite moment tonight was that we had THREE generations of volunteers! Mary Kay must have raised Jim right because he's paying it forward to Kelly & Grover. Families helping families - that's SO IHN!! (Second favorite moment was raiding Barb Duermit for IHN supplies originally destined for the rummage sale).

    Special thanks to Freethinkers Coordinator Jen! Thank you for bringing us Elizabeth, David, David, Mary Kay, Jim, Grover, Kelly, Christopher, Anna and all the folks who worked behind the scenes to produce such a yummy dinner. Many hands make light work, but sometimes it takes a spreadsheet guru like Jen to bring those hands together!

    2 · March 17

  • Mary Kay C.

    What a fun evening, an exceptional group of guests. The kids were amazing!

    5 · March 14

  • Jason K.

    Sorry, I can't make. Sorry for the late notice. I was offline all weekend. I am still sick.

    March 14

  • Katie E.

    Well my plans have changed. I'll be working late and packing so I won't be able to make it :-(

    March 13

  • Jen S.

    Chrissy will be preparing the meal of spaghetti & salad on Monday afternoon. Jim and I will bring everything to the church at 5pm. We will serve dinner at 5:45. Children's activities will start at 6:30. We're bringing King of Tokoyo to play and art supplies. Please confirm your intention to attend in the comments below or in a message to me, if you haven't already done so. We will be hosting the following: 4 adults

    2 babies - newborn (2 weeks), 5 month old

    6 kids - ages 5, 8, 11, 11, 13, 15

    March 12

    • Mary Kay C.

      Ok, I can help with kids, should I bring puzzles? For the older kids?

      March 13

    • Jen S.

      Puzzles would be great!

      March 13

  • Mary Kay C.

    I will be going and can bring dessert.

    March 12

    • Jen S.

      Chrissy is making cupcakes. I'm counting on you to help the little ones. :)

      March 12

  • Mary Kay C.

    Ok, I was on the wait list, now I'm in. Does Chrissy need help getting the meal together? What about dessert? How many people are we serving? Let me know what I can do to help.

    March 11

  • Colette

    I'm bowing out because I'm going to have to work that evening.

    March 11

  • Jason K.

    I'll try to make it. I've been pretty sick this week, but hopefully will be better by Monday.

    March 10

  • Elizabeth

    Hi. I would probably be good serving.

    March 6

  • Elizabeth

    How are we doing this? Coordinating? Do I need to bring a dish?

    March 6

    • Jen S.

      Chrissy will be preparing the meal. We will need some of our volunteers to serve the meal and dine with the guests. We'll need others to be responsible for entertaining the children after the meal. Please comment below with your preferences.

      March 6

    • Juliet S

      I can help serve the meal. As far as entertaining the kids go, are there activities already planned or do the volunteers need to help come up with something?

      March 6

  • Sue

    I just spent the evening with IHN at Knox Presby Church. I don't know if you will get any of them, but it was a delightful group of guests!

    1 · February 17, 2016

  • Cristal

    If someone would like to go that is on the waiting list, I will give up my spot. Just let me know.

    1 · February 16, 2016

  • Sue

    A couple more things:
    (1) In most rotations, the guests are expecting to say grace. Usually the kids will fight over who gets to do it.
    (2) One of the things I was warned about when I first started volunteering is, we're not supposed to ask about the circumstances that caused them to be homeless. If they volunteer that's OK, and we can ask about how their progress is coming on finding housing/jobs.

    1 · January 9, 2016

    • Jen S.

      We talked about grace when discussing this opportunity. We will recite an appropriate secular or humanist poem or reading.

      1 · January 9, 2016

  • Anne Campbell H.

    Christopher and I will be the overnight hosts.

    2 · January 9, 2016

  • Jason K.

    I think we should treat them to good food, a little special, and healthy. People like and deserve good food, rich or poor. If they came to my house, they might get some Cajun beans, corn, and rice or fish tacos with a mayo/yogurt sauce.

    January 8, 2016

    • Jason K.

      Interesting that they actually won't eat. My thought was that they aren't starving, but malnourished from eating lousy food (pizza, burgers, donuts, etc). I guess follow the plan, but try to make it good food.

      January 9, 2016

    • Sue

      You would be surprised how picky some of them are. I don't think they're malnourished.

      1 · January 9, 2016

  • Sue

    I know Jason is just kidding about the curry (if he's not, don't put him in charge of dinner!) but the safest is plain foods like spaghetti, chicken, meatloaf, etc. Most guests don't like fancy dishes. But bring hot sauce - no matter what you have, someone will want to put hot sauce on it! There are frequently reported allergies to pork or nuts. Before the week starts you should get numbers and allergies of people who will be coming - use that as additional input into meal planning. It would also be nice if somehow all the groups providing dinners could communicate their intentions so they don't have spaghetti every night!

    1 · January 8, 2016

  • Jen S.

    We need at least 5, buy we can take up to 10. We can also stagger people throughout the night for different activities.

    January 7, 2016

    • Chrissy H.

      Just let me know what is needed to b made. I'm guessing we are responsible for lunch & dinner

      January 8, 2016

    • Sue

      I volunteer with IHN at Knox Presbyterian Church. Separate volunteers provide items for lunch for the week - lunch meat, bread, condiments, drink boxes, snack stuff, fruit. The lunch meat and condiments are kept in a fridge for use through the week. That makes more sense, but I don't know the setup at this church. Same with breakfast - milk, OJ and other perishables are kept in the fridge for the week.

      January 8, 2016

  • Jason K.

    How hot do they like their curry?

    2 · January 7, 2016

  • Katie E.

    If there is someone that has never worked with IHN before that wants to participate let me know. I am willing to give up my spot.

    January 7, 2016

  • Katie E.

    So excited to see TSFT involved with IHN!

    3 · January 5, 2016

  • Juliet S

    This is right down the road from my office in Norwood so I'll try to make as many of these as I can.

    2 · December 28, 2015

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