Lee County churches partner in the Interfaith Hospitality Network, providing temporary housing and meals for families who have immediate housing needs. Volunteers from support churches host meals, stay overnight, and just share companionship with the parents and children in the program.
Family Promise News
Family Promise families are coming to Trinity July 22-28! Now is the time to sign up!
One of Trinity’s signature ministries is working with Family Promise of Lee County, also known as the Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN). This is a national program that is under local control that helps families who are facing homelessness receive the counseling and assistance they need to achieve stable housing and financial success through increased employment and personal management skills. In concrete terms, this means that local churches partner for a week at a time to house families overnight and provide them two daily meals. Families arrive at suppertime and leave after breakfast.
There is a detailed “Duties Guide” for all the volunteer positions on the bulletin board by the front doors of the church and on the website. But I’ll be happy to answer any of your questions any time! (Tamara Lewis: firstname.lastname@example.org or 919-356-8438 .)
Greeter: unlock Trinity at 5:00 PM and greet the volunteers who are bringing dinner.
Evening host: interact with the children staying at the church by playing games, reading books, making a craft, or assisting with homework Trinity’s Venturing Crew has volunteered to come in one evening to play with the children, and the families have been very appreciative of this ministry. There’s not a lot for kids to do at the church, and they typically enjoy interaction and meeting new friends.
Overnight host: sleep overnight at the church. Two adults spend the night each night during our week to host. They can be male or female, singles, couples, or families. They sleep in the Fellowship Hall, and Trinity provides (very nice) air mattresses. Overnight hosts go to bed when they wish, and generally wake up when the guests do to help get everyone out the door in the morning.
Food: we need cooks and a “Dinner Captain” for Thursday, Friday and Saturday. This is the person who puts out the food and dishes and oversees serving the meal and clean up. Anyone who participates in the dinner is invited to stay and eat with the guest families and get to know them.
Communication: call or email volunteers, write thank you notes.
Donations: We have a lot of toys and books for preschoolers, but we could use easy chapter books, games and toys for ages 7-13. The children are encouraged to choose a book to take home at the end of their stay with us. (Books at a Steal in downtown Sanford has great used books at great prices!)
Contacts: Greeters—Ramon Ortiz: email@example.com
General Information/ Overnight hosting—Tamara Lewis: firstname.lastname@example.org
Meals—Carol Krombos: email@example.com