Greeenville Area Interfaith Hospitality Network
“The Mission of the Greenville Area Interfaith Hospitality Network (GAIHN) is to assist local congregations to share hospitality (in the form of emergency lodging and meals) with homeless families, and to help those families achieve self-sufficiency and self-fulfillment.
Our goal is to alleviate homelessness by fostering the development of Networks that provide shelter, meals, and assistance for homeless families, and that increase community involvement in direct service and advocacy.”—From www.gaihn.org
This ministry has had a positive impact on our membership because they are directly involved in providing hospitality to those who are struggling. Our members have learned more about the problems facing homeless families and how easy it is to become homeless by our interaction. We have been amazed at how much the participants work to better their lives not only for themselves but for their children and what sacrifices they are willing to make. We host families three times a year and it is a church wide effort with multiple Sunday School classes as well as many individuals cooking meals, playing with the children, sleeping in the church with our families in case they have any needs during the night.
We even had the opportunity to open our doors for a family that had their house burn down because they had family already staying at our church.
Pictures from our work with GAIHN