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“I came out of a situation where I wasn’t very happy and into this experience which was completely different. It changed my perspective. Taught me the value of life, I guess.” – Alexis, daughter of a graduate
JoCo IHN is and always will be a faith-based organization. We were founded by congregational leaders and concerned citizens in 2003. Since then, we have continued to nurture our congregational ties and form invaluable relationships with secular groups and individuals who share our love of empowering homeless families and single women. We are currently blessed to work with 7 host congregations and over 20 support congregations. If you’re interested in joining our network, don’t hesitate to get in touch with JoCo IHN Executive Director, Vicki L. Dercher at 913-345-2121, ext. 1001.
Host congregations transform four or five classrooms into sleeping rooms. They provide overnight accommodations for single women and families for one week, every three or four months.
Congregations coordinate their members and unaffiliated, individual volunteers to host our guests during mealtimes, evening activities and overnight shifts. Volunteers set up bedrooms and bathrooms, prepare and serve meals, provide supplies, plan activities, drive the JoCo IHN van and more. We ask that all host congregations be equipped with separate sleeping areas for each family as well as a dining area, lounge, restrooms, adequate exits and a smoke alarm system.
Each congregation has a Primary Coordinator who works directly with our Executive Director, Vicki L. Dercher. JoCo IHN requires training for all of the congregation’s volunteers.
Would you like to learn more about becoming a host congregation or support group? Don’t hesitate to get in touch with JoCo IHN Executive Director Vicki L. Dercher at 913-345-2121, 1001.
Our current host congregations include:
|Asbury United Methodist Church||5400 West 75th Street, Prairie Village|
|Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church||11100 College Boulevard, Overland Park|
|New Haven Seventh-day Adventist Church||8714 Antioch Rd, Overland Park|
|Overland Park Christian Church||7600 West 75th Street, Overland Park|
|Prairie Baptist Church||7416 Roe Avenue, Prairie Village|
|St. Andrew Christian Church||13890 W 127th St, Olathe|
|St. Thomas the Apostle Episcopal Church||12251 Antioch Road, Overland Park|
Support congregations and groups
JoCo IHN’s support congregations and groups partner with host congregations to provide volunteers to help with meals, transportation, staffing the church evening and overnight, and being available to provide a ministry of presence.
If you’d like to learn more about becoming a host or support congregation, please contact JoCo IHN Executive Director, Vicki L. Dercher at 913-345-2121, 1001.
Our support congregations and groups include:
|Church of the Ascension||9510 West 127th Street, Overland Park|
|Church of the Holy Cross||8311 West 93rd Street, Overland Park|
|Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints||15915 West 143rd Street, Olathe|
|Colonial Church of Prairie Village (UCC)||7039 Mission Road, Prairie Village|
|Countryside Christian Church||6101 Nall, Mission|
|Curè of Ars Catholic Church||9401 Mission Road, Leawood|
|First Christian Church of Olathe||200 East Loula Street, Olathe|
|Hillcrest Christian Church||11411 S. Quivira Rd, Lenexa|
|His Helping Hands||15700 West 151st Street, Olathe|
|Indian Heights United Methodist Church||10211 Nall Avenue, Overland Park|
|Just Faith/Good Shepherd Catholic Community||12800 W 75th St, Shawnee|
|Lake Quivira Ministry||N/A|
|Leawood United Methodist Church||2915 West 95th Street, Leawood|
|Shawnee Mission Unitarian Universalist Church||9400 Pflumm Rd, Lenexa|
|United Methodist Church of the Resurrection||13720 Roe Avenue, Leawood|
6315 W. 110th Street