The Interfaith Hospitality Network

A congregation's initiative to help and assist the homeless. The community works in tandem with a local church two to four times a year to house homeless families for a week, supplying shelter, meals, supplies and emotional support. This congregation became a leading homeless advocate in its area by encouraging four other congregations to support the shelter.

Temple Emanu-El
2200 South Green Road
University Heights, OH 44121
216.381.6600
www.teecleve.org

Target Groups: Multi-Generational Social Action Program

Temple Emanu-El partners with a local church, two to four times a year, to house homeless families for one week in a program called The Interfaith Hospitality Network.  In addition to supplying shelter, temple volunteers provide meals, supplies, and emotional support for their guests.  At least one hundred congregants enthusiastically volunteer during each week that the temple hosts this effort.  Temple Emanu-El became a leading homeless advocate in its area by encouraging four other congregations to support the shelter.  Many volunteers stay in touch with the guests they have met, and if a family finds a permanent home, members provide them with a “care package” of household essentials.  This project inspired the congregants to partner with the greater community to support the homeless.