Centerport United Methodist Church

2017 HIHI Thank YOU!




    Blessings once again rained from Heaven throughout our 15th season of ministry to the unserved homeless in our Huntington community through the Huntington Interfaith Homeless Initiative (HIHI). Each night of the week, from December 1 until March 31st, generous, caring volunteers from more than 30 houses of worship, and business, civic and educational organizations raised funds, drove vans, prepared meals, made beds, purchased, transported or organized supplies, served food, cleaned shelter sites, washed laundry, interacted with the guests, and gave up sleep to provide a warm, safe, clean place to sleep, nourishing food, toiletries, clothing, opportunities to shower, and the love of God to those in need. What an amazing outpouring of generosity! This season the HIHI program served more guests than in any previous year.


CUMC had responsibility for four Saturday evenings/Sunday mornings this season. We are indebted to St. Patrick’s RC Church for providing us with three of our four shelter sites and many wonderful volunteers during these weekends. The following is a list of our own angels, many of whom participated on more than one occasion, some during all four weekends. And some of these loyal folk have been HIHI volunteers since the program’s beginning. Our heartfelt thanks go out to all of you!


Our CUMCers were: the Aguilar Family, Linda Avallone, Ted, Alea, Kayley Brummel, Jake Burton, James Clemens and Courtney Steemsma, Dave Clemens, Lisa Coneys, Melanie Danielsen, Nick and Daniel DiCesare, Bill Glock, Gina and Pastor Roy Grubbs, Laurie and Bob Hawkins, Nancy Hebel, Linda Heidenfelder, John Henderson, Tim and Thomas Houston, Kate Kane, Amanda and Lori Knudsen, Connie and Paul Kozlowski, Frank Lehmann, Cole Maney, Cathy and Patrick McGoldrick, Steve Messina, Katlin Modica, Gerry Parinello, Bill and Laura Perks, Colleen and John Ruffini, Adele Schubert, Randy Scott, Arlene and James Slear, Craig and Bev Spear, John Spooner, Laura Suban, Peg Tobin, Judy and Michael White, and Barbara Wohleking.


When you see any of these wonderful people, please be sure to thank them for their contributions to the HIHI ministry. If you weren’t able to help with HIHI this year, or didn’t know about the program, there will certainly be opportunities to participate during the next HIHI season, beginning in December. We hope that you will join us in this wonderful ministry. Our blessings abound in service to others.

Thank you all so much!

Meredith Fichtel