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> Interfaith Hospitality Network of Ocean County
Hospitality Network of Ocean County, part
of the national network Family Promise, seeks to assist
families in transition with temporary safe and comfortable
shelter and hot dinners in churches until they can find
affordable permanent housing. Four times a year, St. Mary’s
offers one week of housing and hospitality to IHN families.
Many compassionate members of our congregation furnish
breakfast and lunch items, dinners and fellowship, supplies
and overnight hospitality to our guests. Host congregations
extend a safe, peaceful and welcoming atmosphere for guests
in the program. The Interfaith Hospitality Network also
provides financial, career, individual and family counseling
through professional volunteers.
St Mary's will again host three IHN families
during the week of March 7th. Please
contact me, Patti, (Tbell148@aol.com
if you can help or would like to know more about this
I think the following "thank you" letter
explains the impact of our efforts to share some
We have all been facing the dark
struggles of a pandemic year, however, you were a light
in the darkness. We thank you and the congregants of St.
Mary’s by the Sea for your heartfelt generosity
for the families of Interfaith. You not only provided
a holiday for Imani and Michael but it was a powerful
affirmation of hope for the family. You have made a lasting
impact their on the lives.
During the year, the gift of your
time and talents helps to further our mission to aid families
facing homelessness in Ocean County. In 2019, IHNOC provided
2,662 overnight accommodations and 7,986 meals to 47 people
consisting of 20 adults and 27 children. Our work can’t
be done with out people like you and for that we are eternally
Again, thank you for your dedication
and all you do for our Interfaith families not only through
the Holiday Gift Giving Program but throughout the year!
It is only with the help of caring people, such as you,
that we can continue to provide such vital services to
children and their families facing homelessness.