A Winter of Volunteers
One of our most important programs is the Huntington Interfaith Homeless Initiative (HIHI). As a founding member we helped to start this cooperative effort that provides overnight housing and meals for the homeless of Huntington every night during the winter. Started in 2004, HIHI, the largest inter-religious program in the town, is run by religious organizations who open their doors for the people most in need in Huntington. HIHI regularly provides shelter for 12-30 guests a night through a rotating schedule of sites. We partner with Centerport Methodist, Our Lady Queen of Martyrs and St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church to cover Saturday nights.
Hosting HIHI requires many volunteers to provide three meals, do all the set-up and clean-up, and provide overnight hosts. This is a lot of people for a church our size. I want to give everyone involved a huge thank-you. The program is ably overseen by Anne Canadeo and she is assisted by site coordinators Michelle Gegwich and Val Pedersen. Joining them on the coordinating committee are Chris Dengler and Sally Shorrock. I want to thank all of our HIHI volunteers (I am sorry if I left anyone off, please let me know so I can correct it next week): Sandy Piccolo, Ripp family, Katzmaier family. Dot Schmitt and Krista Gard, Fitzsimmons family, Rudaitis Family, Schmidt/Swicord Family, Chris Bausch, Alan and Susan Weiss, Kiernan family, Ebanks Family, Steve and Sally Shorrock, Peragallo family, Harris family, Kathrynne Yland, Tracy McCoy, Safer family, Sarah Oelckers, Patrick Hunter, Chris Dengler, Jim Uh, Steve Shea, Val and Pete Pedersen, Laura and Mike Eliash, Rosenzweig family, Gegwich family, and Gorman family.
If you didn't get a chance to volunteer for HIHI, remember that we have lunch-making every Monday night at 6:30 for our Peace and Plenty Outreach.
See you in church,