Who We Are

The Interfaith Hospitality Network of Greater Worcester (IHN) works in partnership with the faith community to provide shelter and assistance to families with children who are homeless. The program’s primary goals are to assist families in increasing their income and to help them secure permanent housing, while providing the critical support services necessary for them to succeed.  In addition to IHN staff, these support services involve approximately 1000 volunteers that come from the host and support congregations, as well as the community at large.  Our program gives people the opportunity to become involved, to put their beliefs into action by providing hands-on mission work in their own community and to make a difference in the lives of families who are desperately in need.

IHN of Greater Worcester serves families who do not qualify for state-funded Emergency Assistance (EA) shelter through the Department of Housing and Community Development; making it a critical program in the community safety net for families that are homeless.  The program accepts families regardless of income and family structure including men and male children over the age of 13 who might otherwise need to go to an all-male shelter, further enabling a family to remain intact while navigating these troubling and stressful times.

Dear God, Source of all our truth, and hope and compassion,
we gather in order to serve your children...
those whose worth and dignity is absolute...
families who are in need of our help and encouragement.
Allow us to see the privilege of our calling.
Allow us to know that this small effort of ours ultimately matters.
Allow us to warmly and intentionally invite others to share in this labor,
in order to make our community a more hospitable place.
May those who come to us seeking shelter, find much more.
With our churches and synagogues may they find companionship and comfort,
and strength for their journey.
May we also.
In the name of all that is holy, Amen.
— IHN of Greater Worcester Prayer of Hope (or prayer of Journey)

The shelter is located at 91 June St.  It is a three story home and has the capacity to accommodate six families at any given time.  The first floor of the building is handicap accessible.

Volunteers are critical to the success of stabilizing families who are guests of the IHN program. Their involvement, commitment and advocacy enables IHN to help families at a fraction of the cost of traditional shelters while also allowing them the time to stabilize their income and seek permanent housing in a safe, secure and loving family-oriented environment.