Housing Families in Need

Our Interfaith Hospitality Network allows families with children to stay together as they confront the daunting challenges of tackling homelessness.

The network consists of local congregations who share hospitality (in the form of emergency shelter, meals, and short-term housing) with homeless families that include children, and to help those families achieve self-sufficiency and self-fulfillment.

Our program is unique, because it comprises the only collection of emergency shelters in Greenville for single mothers with sons who are age 11 or older. The IHN is also the only emergency shelter in Greenville for single fathers with children. Most other local emergency shelters separate family members by gender, and only IHN will allow homeless fathers and mothers to remain with their children. IHN also is the only place that can accommodate families with many children.

How It Works

Local congregations volunteer their facilities to host the guest families for a week at a time, provide longer term interim housing for families, or provide volunteer and support resources. Our strategy is to provide homeless families with children with emergency shelter and meals for up to 12 weeks, while case managers assist families by creating a case management plan to address barriers so families can become self sufficient.  Motivated and involved families may be able to enter interim housing while receiving United Ministries’ integrated services in order to achieve stability and find more permanent housing.

Last Year:

Interim Houses Made Available To Participants
People Provided Shelter Through IHN Program
Families Obtained Permanent Housing

United Ministries’ Interfaith Hospitality Network program is an affiliate of the national Family Promise network.  Family Promise holds as its mission to help homeless and low-income families achieve sustainable independence through a community-based response.

Hosting Congregations for the Interfaith Hospitality Network

Advent United Methodist Church

Aldersgate United Methodist Church

Augusta Road Baptist Church

Buncombe Street United Methodist Church

Christ Church Episcopal

Congregation Beth Israel

Earle Street Baptist Church

Eastminster Presbyterian Church

First Baptist Church – Greenville

First Christian Church

First Presbyterian Church – Greer

Fourth Presbyterian Church

Grace Church

Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church

Greenville Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

Holland Park Church of Christ

John Knox Presbyterian Church

Kingdom Life Church

Mauldin United Methodist Church

Northside United Methodist Church

Simpsonville United Methodist Church

Springwell Church

St. Giles Presbyterian Church

St. James Episcopal Church

St. Matthew United Methodist Church

St. Paul United Methodist Church

St. Peter Church Episcopal

Temple of Israel

Trinity Lutheran Church

Westminster Presbyterian Church

Congregation-based Interim Housing

Advent United Methodist Church

Greenville Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

Mauldin United Methodist Church

Overbrook Baptist Church

St. Michael Lutheran Church