What is the Interfaith Hospitality Network of Athens?
The Interfaith Hospitality Network of Athens (IHNA) is a non-profit organization located in Athens, GA that exists to assist homeless families by offering them hospitality during their time of need. This is accomplished through a combined effort of staff and a network of faith-based congregations in the community. Families that enter the program receive a caring and safe environment where they can find the resources they need in getting to a place where they can support themselves.
What role does First Baptist Athens play?
First Baptist Athens (FBCA) serves as one of eleven host congregations that participate in IHNA. As a host congregation, FBCA houses guests for one week at a time approximately four to five times per year. We provide meals, transportation, and a space where guests can rest and feel at home. Additionally, FBCA contributes to IHNA in a variety of other ways including maintenance of the Day Center where the central office is located.
Chestnut Grove Baptist Church is our partner congregation, helping provide volunteers during each of our host weeks throughout the year.
How do I get involved?
In order to be a volunteer with IHNA you first need to attend a training. If you are interested in being trained, please contact the church coordinator to find out more details on when the next training will be. If you are already a trained volunteer, please contact Sherri Divers, Brandon Pendry or one of the coordinators below to sign-up!