Our additional services were established to create a comfortable atmosphere around our families as they transition into and out of our shelter program.
PIHN works to help families succeed in their goals of self-sufficiency, starting with the most important things like keeping their rent up-to-date and utilities turned on. To do this, we help families save money and encourage environment-friendly methods by making use of gently-used items. Through our material support program, families receive:
- Household Furnishing: We have a warehouse of donated furniture, including bedroom, living room, and kitchen sets that are available to our alumni families. Our goal is to furnish the home of every family member who leaves our congregational housing program. Click here to donate furniture.
- Children’s Clothing & Toys: We have a partnership with Cradles to Crayons to provide a week’s supply of age-appropriate gently-used clothing, toys, and books to our families upon request.
- Adopted Santa Christmas Gifts: One of the ways we maintain contact with alumni families is by sending Christmas wish lists to all of our current and alumni families. Families fill out their “wishes” and “wants” for each member of their family and return it to us. We then match each family with a community Santa (sometimes a school class or a congregation, or a generous volunteer). We currently match about 70 families with their adopted Santas.
PIHN partners with ArtReach and AccessSports to obtain tickets to various sporting, art, and cultural events in the Philadelphia area. This year, our families were able to enjoy complimentary tickets to the Nutcracker, the Philadelphia International Flower Show, and the Philadelphia 76ers and Phillies games.