Volunteers put the "Hospitality" in Interfaith Hospitality Network!

Volunteers put the “hospitality” in Interfaith Hospitality Network by creating a home-like atmosphere where guests can receive what they need: rest, hope, respect, confidence boosting and a sense of control in their lives. During the host week, volunteers prepare meals, play with children, help out with homework and offer a listening ear for parents after a long day.

  • Annually, more than 1,000 volunteers (adults, youth and children) donate their time to provide hospitality to IHN guest families.
  • In 2010, our host and support congregations:
    • Amassed 10,000 volunteer hours
    • Provided more than 3,000 nights of lodging and more than 9,000 meals!
  • The monetary value of these volunteers’ time, and resulting savings to DMIHN:  $167,700!!*

* Monetary value calculated at the average dollar value of volunteer time for the state of Iowa of 16.77 per hour as determined by the Independent Sector (

Party in the Garden featured on

"Party in the garden" was the article posted on The annual fundraising garden party for the Des Moines Area Interfaith Hospitality Network (DMIHN) not only has become an established summer social event, but its efforts to increase awareness of the plight of local homeless families are paying off. Read the full article.



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