Interfaith Hospitality Network celebrates 25 years of unity, support at We Are Family!


Interfaith Hospitality Network of Greater Cincinnati will recognize 25 years of difference-making on Oct. 15 as the nonprofit celebrates its anniversary and looks toward the future.
 
“For every family that gets into shelter, there are two to three more families that can't access services because all the shelters are full,” says IHNGC’s Development Coordinator, Kamal Kimball, who also writes for Soapbox's Development News section.
 
IHNGC will work toward raising funds that will impact the lives of more than 200 families at its event, which is aptly named “We Are Family!” The nonprofit exclusively serves family units that are experiencing homelessness.
 
“’We Are Family!’ really exemplifies the spirit in which we do our work,” Kimball says. “We don't just provide services for people experiencing homelessness. We work closely with hundreds of volunteers each year who treat the families we work with as they would their own family. That's where the 'hospitality' part of our agency comes in.”
 
According to Kimball, the nonprofit’s volunteers make home-cooked meals for families and make it a point to not only serve clients, but engage in meaningful interaction and conversation.
 
The Motown-themed event will offer live music, food and drink, a silent auction and a photo booth for supporters who are looking for a way to celebrate the work that’s been done and that’s still to come.
 
“We see everyone involved with our work — from staff to volunteers to partners — as a part of a larger family of support for those that most need it in our community,” Kimball says.
 
“We Are Family!” offers those segments of the population a way to join together and give back in a meaningful way. 

Do Good: 

•    Register to attend We Are Family!, which takes place Oct. 15 at Christ Church Cathedral of the Diocese of Southern Ohio — IHNGC's faith partner. 

•    Help change lives by getting involved with the IHNGC — perhaps as a supporter or as a volunteer.

•    Share the We Are Family! Facebook event page with your friends, and encourage them to attend. 
 

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Brittany York is a freelance writer, adjunct English composition instructor and server at Orchids at Palm Court. She loves travel and photography. Keep up with Brittany on Instagram @brittbrittbrittbrittany.
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