Addressing Homelessness

Do not place a stumbling block before the blind. – Leviticus 19:14

For more than 25 years, Temple Beth-El has been hosting homeless families in our building in collaboration with HOME of Somerset County (formerly IHN). For one week at a time, six times a year, these families call our building home.

Temple members volunteer to serve as hosts. They welcome and share dinner with our guests. They engage with their children by playing with them and helping with their homework. They stay in the building overnight, in case of emergency. Volunteers also prepare meals for our guests, shop for supplies, and turn classrooms into bedrooms at the beginning of the week and bedrooms into classrooms at week’s end.

Many volunteers, working in shifts, are needed to successfully run a hosting week, and we are always looking for new helping hands and open hearts. Your participation will make a meaningful difference in the lives of families struggling to manage without a home of their own.

Please email Leigh Freeman if you would like to help. Or sign up here.

During COVID, we are not hosting in our building, yet we are still supporting the program with prepared meals for the guests. Sign up to bring a meal here.