Name: Mia Blitstein
PIHN Volunteer (Germantown Jewish Center)
I started to participate in hosting a few years ago for three reasons. One, as a way to help my now 10 year old son, Judah, participate in community service beyond MLK day, and two, to help him get outside of his own bubble. Helping out with preparing dinner and playing with kids (his age and younger) has been easier than he thought and also effective in accomplishing our goal of helping him relate to those who come from different backgrounds. The third reason I participate is because I feel that in this tumultuous time, I am responsible for putting whatever small bits of positivity into the world that I can. Helping out with this project is one small bit I can do, so I do it. I’m so grateful that GJC provides the opportunity for me to support families going through a rough time.
Name: Connie Katz
PIHN Volunteer (Germantown Jewish Center)I’m a recent/old0time hospitality host. It’s been many years since I’ve volunteered for this network. I have such fond memories of being a dinner host with my girls when they were very young and would tag along with me to play with the children. Continuity of this program is important and it’s so much bigger than just us at GJC. The few hours a year I give seems small compared to the big needs this program serves. I’m happy to be a part of a Network of such caring, loyal and dedicated organizers and worker bees.
Congrats to Lisa and Her Family!
PIHN Alumni Lisa Brown (PIHN’10) recently graduated from Gwynedd Mercy University with her Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice and has also been asked to be the featured Commencement Speaker at graduation – How awesome is that!? She is already working in her field of choice, and we’re all very proud of her. Lisa recently made a generous contribution to PIHN and wrote a note that we want to share with our many volunteers so that you know how much of a difference you make with each small volunteer job:
I do hope this letter finds you well and still doing the wonderful work you do. Time is moving swiftly (Kasi turned 15 in April ) and the children and I are moving on to the next chapters of our lives. As I continue to do so, I still have not forgotten the support and nurturing I received at (N)PIHN. All the Best!
Cheers to Nancy & Aubrey!
Consistent supporters of PIHN, The Greentree Community Health Foundation created an article spotlighting organizations who are helping fight Homelessness. Below is an article from them featuring our very own Alumni, Nancy!
We asked a few former NPIHN guests to talk about their transition from emergency housing to a permanent home.┬á Here’s what they had to say:
The shelters were Churches and Temples – a much safer place than the streets. The help and kindness were so comforting that we have made friends with different people from these sacred places. We just would not have made it through without them.