In partnership with local congregations, Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN) North Kent provides temporary basic needs to homeless children and their families while awaiting permanent housing. The families are hosted overnight in churches throughout northern Kent County. During the day, families work out of the Family Promise Day Center at North Kent Connect (opened in October, 2021) where they have access to computers, a kitchen, laundry area, showers, a living room, North Kent Connect social workers, and North Kent Connect programs, services, and resources.

 

“If our local church cannot exist to provide periodic respite for the most basic of needs—food and shelter—then what does it exist for? This is a well thought-out and critical ministry for families who need temporary housing. I’ve attended Sparta Baptist for 60 years. This is one of the best uses of our building I can think of.”

~ Larry Carter

IHN North Kent Connect Volunteer

 

 

 

 

“Sparta Baptist is privileged to be part of the IHN program. We believe it falls in line with Jesus’ call to care for “the least of these.” These families are not “less than” in value, but are vulnerable, traumatized, and in need of love, care, and encouragement. We finished up our week of hosting on Oct. 24, 2021. During our week, one of the moms was able to find a job, which was a huge blessing. I am proud of North Kent Connect’s vision to build the Day Center and tackle homelessness.”

~ Ben Taylor

Pastor, Sparta Baptist,
and North Kent Connect Board Member

 

 

“For every house is built by someone,
but God is the builder of everything.”

~ Hebrews 3:4