Interfaith network assisting homeless


NASHUA – Area residents have the opportunity to learn how they can help families in need tonight at Grace Lutheran Church.

The Greater Nashua Interfaith Hospitality Network will celebrate the area congregations that have joined to shelter homeless families and enable them to get on their feet again.

Helen Gutekunst, the network’s president of the Board of Trustees, said the status of the project will be discussed at the meeting, and that July is the earliest the network may begin helping the homeless.


The local network, also known as Family Promise, is part of the National Interfaith Hospitality Network. At the meeting the local group will officially celebrate its accomplishment in recruiting the minimum eight congregations needed to run the project.

“We’re basically looking for everyone to come together and celebrate we got our minimum eight churches,” Gutekunst said.

The network also has many other support congregations that have offered to donate materials, food, money and volunteers.

Gutekunst said the network is also working to find the best place to open a day center for an office and a center for families to go to when they leave the churches each morning.

On Monday the board of trustees will be introduced, there will be a short service held and a success story will be told by someone helped by the Worcester Interfaith Hospitality Network. The president of the Seacoast Interfaith Hospitality Network will also speak at the meeting.

Gutekunst said the last part of the meeting will be reserved for a question-and-answer period.

Andrea Bushee can be reached at 594-5860 or