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Interfaith Hospitality Network

Each Sunday morning, guest families rotate to the next host congregation in the Network, where families are provided private accommodations for the upcoming week. Guests are transported between host churches and our Day Center by the Family Promise van drivers in our 14-passenger van. School-age children are transported to and from school through arrangements with the Knox County School District.
During the Day
At Night
IHN guests use our Day Center, known as Harley House, which provides an address and safe place for families during the day. School-age children attend school and working parents attend work.

The Family Promise Executive Director (Mary Thomson LeMense) and Director of Family Support Services (Anne Umbach) have offices at the Harley House, and are available Monday through Friday from 8 am until 5 pm.

The Director of Family Support Services works intensively with guest families in the network as they seek childcare, housing, jobs, medical assistance. Our staff provide guidance to guests so they can find and connect with resources that will help them become self-sufficient.

So far, ~ 70% of families participating in the Family Promise IHN program have successfully graduated into housing.

Families stay at one of our 16 host churches in the evenings and overnight. Volunteers from our host and support congregation teams
  • prepare and serve meals,
  • serve as evening or overnight hosts,
  • help set up and tear down guest accommodations, and
  • help with laundry.

Volunteers also organize activities, such as family game night, tutoring, arts and crafts, or outings.

Special classes on nutrition, parenting, and budgeting are sometimes provided in the evening for parents via the Family Promise Academy, and volunteers are needed for childcare or children's activities during class times.

Volunteer Information
How can I help?
  • Become a Volunteer
  • Make a donation
  • Tell others about Family Promise
  • Consider serving on the Board of Directors or a committee. Please contact Tere McDonough
  • Contact Anne Umbach if you would like to volunteer at the Day Center

Please contact Mary Thomson LeMense if you can help.

IHN Volunteer Coordinators Corner

Volunteer Coordinator meetings are held every other month on the 4th Tuesday.

Please join us at 6:30 pm for information, ideas, lessons learned, and fellowship.

Location: Church Street 
United Methodist Church, Room 120
(located downtown on the corner of Henley and Church Streets, )

IHN Program News

Check out our latest factsheet for the latest statistics and information on the IHN program.

Room at the Inn - Hallmark Magazine

Hard Life for a Child - Knox News 11/4/07

Learn more about Volunteer Roles and Responsibilities

Recent Successes!

  • Several of our families have recently moved into housing. Thanks to all of the volunteers who have made this possible and for your generosity in helping these families set up house.
  • Redecorating or Reorganizing? We have a need for used, good condition, full, queen, twin or bunk beds, cooking utensils, pots and pans, dishes, glasses, bookshelves, dressers, and plastic storage containers.
  •  Please contact Anne Umbach if you can help.