Women’s Hospitality Network
This past summer and Fall the collation of organizers that have or currently experienced homelessness created the Women’s Hospitality Network in Asbury Park and Neptune, New Jersey. The network, which Trinity is a part of, is now made up of a group of multiracial churches that have committed to housing and advocating for women experiencing homelessness in the winter months. The network agrees that poverty is a form of violence and an injustice; it also understands that low income people living in the United States experience disproportionately high rates of violence. Each night a different church in Asbury and Neptune take a night to house women from December – March. During the four months, we will work with local social workers to make sure that most of the women staying with us have employment or have found permanent housing.
Family Promise creates partnerships with local congregations to provide space in their buildings to serve as temporary homes. During the day, families go to day centers, where they can take showers, receive case management and look for housing and jobs. With volunteers giving their time, making meals, and sharing hospitality, family homelessness is addressed without the creation of expensive shelters. Volunteers share food, spend the night, play with children and lend their passion and expertise to help families get back on their feet. They prove that motivated people can solve family homelessness. Trinity hosts family twice a year who stay with us for a one week period. Families sleep in our classrooms