Centerport United Methodist Church


HIHI Thank You to Volunteers Just more than a year ago as a result of the corona virus pandemic, it became necessary to cancel the remainder of our 2019-2020 scheduled nightly HIHI shelter program (Huntington Interfaith Homeless Initiative) which has, for the past 16 years, served the homeless men in our community from early winter (now beginning on December1) until early spring (now ending on March 31). As the pandemic worsened and restrictions at houses of worship and by State mandate continued, we feared that we would not be able to provide shelter and food for this very vulnerable group during the winter of 2020-2021.  

Through the grace of God, the faithfulness and generosity of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, and the tireless efforts of those in leadership at the Family Service League, HIHI began on time. Despite some difficult adjustments – only 20 guests could be accommodated each night at Gloria Dei, reduced hours of shelter, and the inability to offer hot food – the men were kept out of the cold and were given non-perishable bag breakfasts and lunches. OLQM arranged for the use of 20 of their HIHI roll-away beds during the months of the program. Volunteers from churches and synagogues in the Huntington area prepared and delivered the food bags each night, many purchasing food gift cards to supplement the bagged meals. As the cold weather set in and spoilage was no longer an issue, permission was given to add hearty dinner sandwiches for the guests. None of this would have been possible without the commitment, generosity and caring of our faith community. 

CUMC was responsible this HIHI season for providing bagged meals one Saturday each month, and we were able to provide meals for an additional day that was not covered. More volunteers offered to help than we could accommodate because of the unique format of the program this year, so the list included below does not reflect the names of those who were available if needed. My deepest thanks to everyone who participated or offered their support. The need will continue, and we will adapt, with the Lord’s guidance and provision. Thank you and God bless you all!  

Sue Beck, Beth Bertossi and her yoga group, Robin Brennan, Margaret Burr, Melanie and Cliff Danielsen, Laurie and Bob Hawkins, Doris and John Henderson, Lori, Amanda, Olivia and Lauren Knudsen, Paul Kozlowski, Daemon Manzano, Dee Morrone, Gerry Parrinello, Laura and Bill Perks, Colleen and John Ruffini, Janet Scherer, the Schmidt family, Adele Schubert, and all those secret “angels” who contributed non-perishable food items and supplies for use in the meal bags. 

God bless you all!

Meredith Fichtel






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!