Part of our mission at Hillsborough Reformed Church is to be of service to those outside of our church community. In doing this, we have been participating in the Habitat for Humanity program for many years, helping to build affordable homes for those in need. In 2007, we became one of the hosts for the Interfaith Hospitality Network program, offering food and overnight shelter to those in the Somerset IHN program for one week at a time, four times per year.
Habitat for Humanity
Our congregation provides volunteer support to Raritan Valley Habitat, a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry, building simple decent homes in partnership with God’s people in need.
The Home Dedication Ceremony for two Habitat homes at the Clifton Street Location in Franklin Township, Somerset was held in June 2009. Volunteers from HRC gave of their time and talents, joining to raise these homes for families in need. As the Somerset homes have been completed, Raritan Valley Habitat will start another four homes in Bridgewater and we look forward to working on these homes. For more information about Habitat for Humanity, you can access their website at http://www.habitat.org.
IHN Homeless Ministry
Ministry Coordinators: Carol Luidens and Al Meyer The Interfaith Hospitality Network of Somerset County provides shelter, meals and emotional support to homeless families and single women through volunteers at various religious congregational facilities. Hillsborough Reformed Church at Millstone has been part of the IHN network for over a decade, first supporting St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church of Millstone as they housed the families in East Millstone and now by housing the families in Memorial Hall, which is the fellowship hall of our church in Millstone. We provide shelter, food and care to these homeless families.
Hillsborough Reformed Church, with the support of St. Joseph’s, serves a rotation for IHN about four times per year. During that rotation, the families stay with us for one week. They arrive at Memorial Hall about 5PM each evening and stay overnight until about 7AM the next day. We provide dinner, breakfast, food for lunches, a place to sleep and companionship. In order to support each rotation, volunteers are needed to:
- Set up Memorial Hall by moving around furniture and hanging curtains to set up rooms
- Unload the van of the beds and possessions of the families
- Assist in getting special food requests
- "Greet” the families one evening
- Make dinner for the families one evening
- Stay overnight with the families one night
- Reset Memorial Hall up at the end of the week
- Drive the rental truck to the next Congregation where it is unloaded and then the rental truck is returned
For more information about how you might volunteer, please contact Carol Luidens through our church office at (908) 359-3391 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about the Interfaith Hospitality Network, visit their website at www.ihnsc.org.
“Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with God’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.”