First Baptist Greenville continues to support the Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN) at United Ministries. This program is steadfastly committed to providing emergency shelter that allows homeless families with children to stay together as part of the mission “to serve and empower those on the transformational journey to self-sufficiency.” Families are no longer staying with congregations but are now residing in fully-furnished apartments for up to twelve weeks. There are six apartments for emergency housing and four apartments for transitional housing. In August, several of our members helped to prepare the apartments for the families. Others donated items from the Wish List to make apartments feel like home with new bedspreads, kitchen supplies, linens and pictures.

We have several projects over the upcoming two months, including a coat drive, a holiday craft bazaar for the families, and holiday gift giving. Soon we will adopt families for the holidays and collect gifts. If you would like to help, take a tag from the MinisTREE when it is placed in the church. The weather is turning colder, and some folks need a coat and gloves to provide warmth. Bring new or gently used coats and gloves (size large or bigger) to the church. These will be given to adults at Place of Hope, a day shelter for homeless people. Let’s get involved now before the holidays get too hectic!

If you are looking for other ways to be involved in this ministry, we will be glad to add your name to our mailing list.

Contact the IHN Leadership Team

—Cam McDade, FBG IHN Coordinator

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