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. Last year, over 2000 overnight stays were provided by HIHI, 283 of these at the UUFH.
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. Please visit the HIHI table in the Social Hall after Sunday services, or contact the UUFH office, to volunteer or for more information.
Donations of men’s clothing, toiletries (large size for community use), and beverages are always gratefully received. For items of particular need, please click HIHI Donation Requests.