Wise Temple continues its longtime commitment to serving homeless families at Wise Center as part of the Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN). Wise’s IHN co-chair, Deb LaFrance, recently attended the IHN Annual Meeting where she heard about the experiences of the homeless families as they go through their days and weeks in the program. “It gave me better insight into the struggles and stumbling blocks that must be overcome for our [IHN] families to get back on their feet. I’m glad that Wise Temple members can make the struggle somewhat easier,” LaFrance commented.
During the week of June 10- 16, Wise Temple religious school classrooms will be converted into bedrooms, complete with beds, cribs and curtains, so that homeless families can stay together, in private rooms, while waiting for permanent housing. Congregants bring hot, home-cooked meals for dinner each night and provide breakfast and lunch throughout the week. Wise Temple volunteers of all ages arrive to socialize with the IHN families in the evenings.
Approximately 50 Wise Temple families will volunteer during the June hosting, as evening hosts, cooks or overnight hosts.