Host congregations provide their worship facilities four weeks each year to serve as a shelter for IHNWC families. A designated space for IHNWC houseguests to reside is furnished with IHNWC bedding, where houseguests will spend each night. Host weeks begin Sunday evening, and end the following Sunday morning. Families arrive each night at 6 PM and will stay until 7 AM the next morning. The host church will need to have additional capabilities:

  1. Space to host up to 6 families (17 individuals)

  2. The ability to provide all meals. Self-prepared breakfasts and sack lunches are sufficient.

  3. Provision of utilities (IHNWC will provide showers)

  4. Men's & Women's restrooms with baby-             changing stations

  5. A living area to accommodate adults, and a play area for children

  6. A volunteer to serve as Primary Coordinator. The Primary Coordinator recruits the needed volunteers for the week, attends scheduled meetings, and acts as the main contact with IHNWC headquarters 

  7. Two to six volunteers per night, who have attended an orientation session and who can live onsite during the hosting week. A total of up to 50 volunteers may be needed per week

  8. 30 minute driving distance from downtown Lebanon

Host churches make a one-year commitment in writing at the onset of hosting services. Host churches should also consider promoting and supporting all IHNWC events, and budgeting an annual contribution to support the IHNWC mission.

Support congregations do not host IHNWC houseguests overnight. Instead, support congregations organize volunteers and prepare meals to assist the host congregation in carrying out their duties. Support congregations are also encouraged to promote and support all IHNWC events, and consider budgeting an annual contribution to support IHNWC's mission.

A list of the network host, support and COVID-19 congregations is available here