Goshen Interfaith Hospitality Network (GIHN)

Providing shelter for homeless families in the Goshen Area

EGMC has been involved in Goshen Interfaith Hospitality Network (GIHN) since it began in the Goshen area in October 1995. GIHN is one of over 181 Interfaith Hospitality Networks in 41 states nationwide. Elkhart County residents make up 90-95% of our guests in any given year.

In the U.S., 37,000,000 people live below the poverty level
In Elkhart County
     18,000 people are homeless on any given night
     40% of single family households with at least 1 parent and 1child do not earn a livable wage    
     12,765 children live in households where income is insufficient to pay for school lunches

Our Congregation’s GIHN Leadership Group
The current coordinators are Steve Hochstetler Shirk and Kathy Holsopple

What we do:
When EGMC hosts guests for one week every 6-8 weeks (about 4 times a year), we…
- coordinate volunteers
- transform classrooms to bedrooms before guests arrive
- welcome guests and assign them to rooms
- create signs for the building that make it a hospitable place
- bring evening meals to the church by 5:30 p.m.
- serve dinner and stay with guests until 8 p.m.
- overnight hosts sleep at the church, serve breakfast, and make sure that guests are ready to board the van back to the IHN Day Center for the day.
- On Sunday morning, each guest helps to clean their room, ready by 7 a.m. to board the van back to the IHN Day Center.

GIHN is a flexible Cooperative ministry providing an opportunity for our community to be actively involved in caring for the needs of homeless families.