Centerport United Methodist Church

  

HUNTINGTON INTERFAITH HOMELESS INITIATIVE
UPDATE - 2021-2022
HiHi Begins it's 17th Year!

The Huntington Interfaith Homeless Initiative (HIHI) will soon begin its 17th season of service to the homeless in our community. Plans are being developed to continue this vital program despite the on-going pandemic, possibly within the parameters established last year with one respite site to provide nightly shelter for the men and food for 3 meals contributed by local faith communities.
CUMC’s involvement in HIHI has been Saturday-Sunday, at least once a month, from the first Saturday in December to the last Saturday in March. Volunteers will be needed, once again, to purchase, package, and deliver food for the meals needed for the number of guests anticipated each week. An email will be sent out as soon as more definitive instructions are given to us about the operation of the HIHI program this year.
In the meantime, please call or email Meredith Fichtel to volunteer your help. Meredith.fichtel@gmail.com (631) 271-4429 home; (631) 786-6454 cell.


The Huntington Interfaith Homeless Initiative (HIHI) will soon begin its 17th season of service to the
homeless in our community. Plans are being developed to continue this vital program despite the on-going
pandemic, possibly within the parameters established last year with one respite site to provide nightly shelter
for the men and food for 3 meals contributed by local faith communities.
CUMC’s involvement in HIHI has been Saturday-Sunday, at least once a month, from the first Saturday in
December to the last Saturday in March. Volunteers will be needed, once again, to purchase, package, and
deliver food for the meals needed for the number of guests anticipated each week. An email will be sent out
as soon as more definitive instructions are given to us about the operation of the HIHI program this year.
In the meantime, please call or email Meredith Fichtel to volunteer your help. Meredith.fichtel@gmail.com
(631) 271-4429 home; (631) 786-6454 cell.
Hello Church Family,

We are delighted to hear from the Family Service League that they have received a commitment from Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Huntington Station to provide nightly shelter for 25 of our homeless brethren this winter, beginning on December 1 and continuing until March 31, 2022.  This is wonderful news! 

The HIHI (Huntington Interfaith Homeless Initiative) program will be conducted with the same parameters used last year during the pandemic.  The men will be sheltered from 9 pm each night until 5 am the next morning.  They will be provided with bag meals, toiletries and clothing donated by participating houses of worship.  Donated non-perishable breakfast, lunch and dinner foods and beverages will be gathered at the participating houses of worship, bagged and labeled for delivery to Gloria Dei on the afternoon of their scheduled assignment.  (No refrigeration or cooking facilities are available at the church.) 

Last year, CUMC was responsible for at least one Saturday a month during the HIHI season.  The Saturday schedule has not yet been established, but we have traditionally been responsible for the first Saturday in December, which is December 4th this year. 

To prepare for our first HIHI assignment, we are asking the congregation to contribute as many of the following items as possible (Costco sells many of these shelf-stable, individual-size items - see the suggestions below). Since these items need to be non-perishable, any supplies we receive exceeding our needs will, of course, be used for our other HIHI dates.  The suggestion has also been made that gift cards in small amounts ($5-$10) be purchased for the men so that they can buy hot food and beverages.  Since the men will not have access to Gloria Dei until 9 pm each night and must leave at 5 am, these gift cards will provide the opportunity for the men to purchase hot food and sit in a warm place during those hours when the church is not available.

Many local Huntington Station restaurants sell gift cards -- Taco Bell, Dunkin Donuts, McDonald’s and Burger King are popular options.  Please leave these in the church office in an envelope marked to my attention.  Thank you all, in advance, for your love, caring and generosity!  By keeping these men warm, fed, and safe we are helping to fulfill Jesus’ command to love our neighbors and to care for those in need (Matthew 25: 35-40).

Pop-top cans or plastic containers: tuna, chicken or beef; beef stew, chili, applesauce or other fruit; marinated bean salad with rice, chickpea salad with quinoa.

Fresh fruit (purchased near date needed) – bananas and oranges.

Shelf-stable cheeses, meats like beef jerky, crackers, milk, juices, bottled water, granola bars, dried nuts and fruits, individual-size desserts: cookies, pretzels, puddings, snack cakes.



Please feel free to contact me for more information or to help out at  631-271-4429, meredith.fichtel@gmail.com

God Bless you all!!!
Meredith Fichtel

TWIN BED SHEETS NEEDED


The Family Service League has sent out a plea to all HIHI (Huntington Interfaith Homeless Initiative) participating congregations for twin bed sheets (either fitted or flat) and pillowcases.  They can be used, but must be clean.  The sheets can be left in a plastic bag at the top of the north stairs (stairs near kitchen) to the attic, or dropped off at the Family Service League on Park Avenue.  Thank you so much!