Huntington Interfaith Homeless Initiative (HIHI)
HIHI, the Huntington Interfaith Homeless Initiative, is a Huntington-wide effort to address homelessness right here in our community. Through the efforts of HIHI, in conjunction with the Suffolk County Family Services League, nightly food and shelter are provided at Huntington houses of worship, during the colder months of December through March.
The UUFH is proud to be a founding member of HIHI, and since 2004, serves as the HIHI location on Sunday nights during the HIHI season. On at least 2 Sunday nights each month, volunteers from the UUFH come together to provide a welcoming place to stay, a hot nutritious meal, conversation and fellowship, and breakfast and lunch for the next day. Other Sunday nights are staffed by volunteers from Trinity Episcopal Church and Christ Church.
Volunteers are needed throughout the HIHI season to welcome guests, set up sleeping space, provide meals, serve as chaperones, and help with Monday morning breakdown and laundry. Most volunteer opportunities are suitable for youth or families with children, and some do not even require attendance on Sunday nights. Volunteers must be scheduled in advance, and signed permission slips are required for children and youth. Please visit the HIHI table in the Social Hall after Sunday services to volunteer.
HIHI is generously supported donations from our congregants and the community. Your donations are welcome and very much appreciated. We are always in need of “packable” foods for lunch and breakfast bags (e.g. granola bars, cases of water, juice boxes), toiletries (especially cans of aerosol deodorant), and men’s clothing items (especially men’s underwear and socks).