Family Shelter

In the Hour of Need Family Shelter (IHN)

In the Hour of Need Family Shelter (formerly The Interfaith Hospitality Network of Greater Worcester) provides shelter and assistance to families with children who are experiencing homelessness. 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.

Relationship with Temple Emanuel Sinai

In the Hour of Need Family Shelter (IHN) partners with the religious community in a unique joint mission to serve and nurture families who are experiencing homelessness in the greater Worcester area. Volunteers from 26 congregations, including Temple Emanuel Sinai, rally together to provide 100 hours of evening and overnight program coverage each week, seven days a week. In addition, donations such as food, and grocery gift cards, general household, and personal supplies support the ongoing functioning of the IHN program.

Our congregation has been supporting IHN since it’s inception in 1997! The TES-IHN partnership gives us the opportunity to put our beliefs into action by providing hands-on work in our own community and to make a difference in the lives of families who are desperately in need.

Make a financial donation to IHN

Please help families secure a safe home!

You can donate online to IHN by selecting “IHN Family Shelter” in the “type” menu on our donate page. 100% of funds donated through TES for the family shelter go directly to IHN.

If you prefer to write a check please make it payable to “TES – IHN Fund”

Volunteer with IHN

Volunteers play a crucial role at IHN. Sign up for an opportunity at

Spend an evening at the shelter of stay overnight (overnight volunteers will have a sleeping cot in the staff room).


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