St. Francis Brass Band is performing a concert to benefit Wake Interfaith Hospitality Network. The concert will be on Sunday, June 12, at 4:00 at White Plains United Methodist Church, 313 SE Maynard Road in Cary. Admission is free, and tax-deductible donations will be accepted to benefit WIHN. Thank you for your support to help us help our families.
Thank you to many donors who helped us meet The Stewards Fund challenge. In order to receive $28,000 from The Stewards Fund, WIHN received $28,000 in qualified donations since November 1, 2015. These donations were from donors
- who had never given to WIHN before,
- who had not given to WIHN in the past 18 months, or
- who increased their gift from last year.
Please go to our Donate page to see how you can give by check or online. Thanks for helping us meet the challenge!
Wake Interfaith Hospitality Network embarks on a new journey with some exciting news. On Monday, December 14, Danielle Butler joins WIHN as its Executive Director. Danielle, who served as the Director of Crisis & Homeless Services at Haven House in Raleigh, comes highly recommended with more than a decade of experience as a clinical social worker. We are excited to welcome her to WIHN.
On Sunday, May 3, nine churches will join together at Soapstone United Methodist Church from 3 to 4 p.m. to sing harmonies with award-winning composer, arranger and conductor Mark Hayes.
Hayes, whose personal catalog totals more than 1,000 published works and is well-known for his Christian choral pieces, will hold a pre-concert workshop for singers on Saturday, May 2, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
In a recent interview, Hayes noted the importance of worshiping with the whole body – with movement, joyfulness, shouting, rejoicing, clapping and gratefulness in regard to singing and praise.
In addition to elevating the spirits of participants and attendees alike, the event will benefit Wake Interfaith Hospitality Network. The public is invited to attend this benefit concert. Parking, on-site childcare and admission are free; attendees will be invited to make a donation to WIHN.
Soapstone United Methodist Church is located at 12837 Norwood Road, Raleigh, 27613. Hayes will also participate in regular worship services Sunday morning at 8:30 and 11:00, and the public is invited to participate in these services as well.
For additional information or to participate in the collective choir, contact Liz Frazer, Director of Music Ministries at Soapstone, at 919.846.2212.
Dear Partners with WIHN,
Don’t worry; I’m not going to ask you to do the “ice bucket challenge”. (However, I wish I’d thought of that fundraising technique!) I do want to introduce you to one of our newest WIHN board members, Lisa M. Mills, who was a WIHN guest in 2010. Lisa has this to say about WIHN:
“My experience as a guest at WIHN was wonderful, and at times I miss it (although not the predicament I was in). The staff and volunteers always made me and my sons feel comfortable and welcome, especially since we were new to the North Carolina area. We were treated with respect and dignity. Everyone was so optimistic for us even during the time when I myself wasn’t. I was always made aware of any programs that were available or that would be suitable to my needs. I would get that push to know that I don’t have to become dependent on the system, that I can and will succeed, and for that, I am grateful. But for me, the BEST thing about the WIHN program was that they were able to keep me and my sons together during a time that we needed each other because there were no other shelters or programs that would accept older male children. For that one reason alone, I will forever be so thankful.”
2014 was a very exciting year for WIHN, as we also had our first WIHN guest qualify for a Habitat for Humanity home! This amazing occurrence was made possible by our partnership with the Triangle Apartment Association. In order to qualify for a Habitat for Humanity home, a family must have at least one year of good rental history, and the Triangle Apartment Association helps makes that possible through our collaborative New Lease on Life program.
We are asking for your assistance to help support our vision of ending family homelessness in the Wake community. The WIHN program is based on case management and education, not handouts. Thanks to wonderful partners like you, we have a success rate of 85% of families who remain in permanent housing a year after leaving our program! If we receive your donation between November 1 and February 1, The Stewards Fund will match, dollar-for-dollar, gifts from those who have not given in the past 18 months or an increased amount of giving from those who have been faithfully partnering with us. Thank you in advance for your generous contribution.
Ann R. Sandve
President, Board of Trustees
The Saint Francis Brass Band is hosting its annual concert to benefit WIHN. The concert will be on Sunday, October 19, at 4 pm at Saint Francis United Methodist Church, 2965 Kildaire Farm Road in Cary. Enjoy music from Star Trek, Granada, a touch of Christmas and more. Admission is free, and tax-deductible donations will be accepted to benefit WIHN. This is always an entertaining concert!
We are thrilled to announce that Wake Interfaith Hospitality Network has been chosen as a finalist for a Triangle Community Foundation’s What Matters Innovation Award. These four $5,000 awards are being presented at the Foundation’s April 2nd What Matters Community Luncheon to organizations that are actively engaged in the theme of Community Innovation. Triangle Community Foundation has recognized Wake Interfaith Hospitality Network as an organization that innovates, collaborates, and advocates. We are proud to be considered an innovative organization, tackling our community’s issues through thoughtful, effective, and long-lasting efforts.
Now we need YOUR HELP! 12 finalists will now compete for these four awards through online public voting, and we need you to vote daily and help us spread the word. Visit http://www.trianglecf.org/grants_support/what_matters_innovation_award_voting/ to vote for us in the Community Development category, share your vote on Facebook and Twitter, and ask your friends to vote too! Voting begins TODAY (March 17) and ends at midnight on March 23. (Don’t forget to vote each day.) Help us win $5,000 and get our important work recognized at this widely attended, public event!
Thank you in advance for your support!
Thanks to Chelsea Huber, CVNC.org recently posted a review of the February 16 concert to benefit WIHN. See the review here.
Three Triangle Tenors and Two Sopranos will present a concert Winter’s Song to support Wake Interfaith Hospitality Network (WIHN) on Sunday, February 16, at 3:00 at Highland United Methodist Church, 1901 Ridge Road in Raleigh. The group will perform religious pieces and popular favorites from Broadway and opera. Tickets are $15 each ($10 for seniors 65+ and students) and can be purchased in advance and at the door. Contact George or Mary Beth Deaton for more information at 919-851-1255, email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.