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 twelve 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.
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 check out the list of responsibilities that need to be fulfilled during our next host week and sign up.
- Church Coordinators: David Coe; Sherri Divers
- Evening/Overnight Host Coordinator: Greg Bickley
- Transportation Coordinator: Al Henderson
- Food Coordinator: Joyce Gravely
- Laundry Coordinator: Gayle Noblet
- Set-up/Take-down Coordinator: Mark Sanders