First Congregational Church is a founding member-congregation of the Interfaith Hospitality Network of Greater Worcester. As one of over 20 participating congregations, we provide both financial, material and volunteer support for homeless families who are seeking to transition to permanent housing. IHN provides not only housing and stability, but also assistance with education, employment and training opportunities. IHN aims to build the capabilities and confidence of its guests, with the help of volunteers who offer their time and talent, and who extend their fellowship and hospitality.
For a week in September, and again in April, our congregation hosts the guests at their static site in Worcester. We provide meals and conversation, offer support and encouragement, play and read with children. It is our hospitality – and the hospitality of every member-congregation – that allows IHN to not only provide room and board for its guests, but to bring them into a community of love and respect, in which we are all one together.