IHN (Interfaith Hospitality Network)

Interfaith Hospitality Network

 Jesus said: “I was hungry and you gave me something to eat. I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink.  I was a stranger and you invited me.  I needed clothes and you clothed me. I was sick and you looked after me. I was in prison and you came to visit me.” ~ Matthew 25:35-36 ~


East Church is helping to end the cycle of homelessness in Grand Rapids.  In partnership with Family Promise, East Church hosts homeless families in shelter for one week, several times each year.  Volunteers help to provide dinner, offer respite care for children, stay overnight as on-site hosts, and staff the desk.

Our neighbors in need of shelter are invited to the church cafe for warmth, safety, and community. Each guest has a cot for sleeping with warm blankets and storage so they don’t have to carry everything throughout the day. Newspapers and books are available to read and a movie is shown many nights. A healthy dinner is served each night and a hot breakfast is offered each morning.

Social service representatives are available to connect people with resources such as medical care, substance addiction treatment, vocational counseling, and more to build a better future. We’re grateful for the collaboration of community organizations to break the cycle of homelessness

Use SignupGenius to register to volunteer.

As many of you are aware, East often works with Family Promise to provide shelter and basic needs to families that need emergency help. Due to Covid-19 we have not been able to shelter families in our building but that doesn’t mean that we can’t continue to serve that community. Currently there are 80 families that are in emergency hotel shelters that are in need of food, if you can help there is a drop box at church!
Here is a list of what is needed:
1. Mac N Cheese
2. Spaghetti and Pasta Sauce
3. Cereal
4. Boxed Potatoes and Rice
5. Manwich
6. Crackers
7. Nuts
8. Trail Mix
9. Chips
10. Hamburger Helper
11. Mayo, Mustard, and Ketchup
12. Applesauce and Pears
13. Peanut Butter and Jam/Jelly
14. Pancake Mix
15. Syrup
16. Salt and Pepper
17. Size 6 Diapers
18. Body Wash
Also Family Promise is hoping to relaunch in October, so keep an eye out for updates and requests for volunteers as we reopen our church to provide shelter and care!

Primary Communities Served

Grand Rapids

East Grand Rapids

Ottawa Hills

East Town