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We at IHNA hope that this newsletter finds each of you well and thriving. Because of your support, IHNA is making a difference in the lives of homeless children and their families. Currently, we have a full network with three families. Let me introduce you to them if you have not already met them:

Rachelle is a single mom with 2 kids.  Her family moved into IHNA August 26th.   Rachelle will begin a full-time job in 2 weeks.  Her 8 year-old son, Noah, is in third grade at Stroud Elementary School.  Noah is great at math and loves computer games.  Asiah is 6 years-old.  She is in first grade at Stroud Elementary School.  Asiah loves to read and is a big fan of SpongeBob. 

 Emmanuel and Tasheen have 3 daughters.  They moved into IHNA August 28th.   Emmanuel works full-time at Bojangle's and part-time at a warehouse.  Their oldest daughter, Tayveana is fifteen.  She plays basketball for her school.  Emani is ten and Mikayla is seven.  Both girls are in elementary school, and they enjoy sports like their older sister. 

Tiffany and James moved in to IHNA September 28th.  James works full-time at a downtown restaurant and part-time at a restaurant on UGA campus.  Tiffany is searching for full-time employment.  James and Tiffany have 2 children:  Layla and Jamire.  Layla is 8 years-old.  She loves to read and play math games.  Jamire is 5 years-old.  His favorite thing to do is play on the playground.  Both children attend Chase Elementary School.    
Come play golf with us on Monday, Oct. 10
Not too late...come join us for a round of golf at Jennings Mill Country Club at 11 am on Monday, October 10! For more info: http://www.ihnathens.org/golf-tournament.html

Our 13th Annual IHNA Whole-in-One Golf Tournament is a fun event with great prizes awarded.  The format is Captain's Choice and the group with the lowest gross score gets to display the trophy for one year in their congregation's trophy case. This event is one of the major fund raisers each year for the network and we still have a spots available. The entry fee is $100 per player which includes lunch, driving range and golf. First United Methodist Church of Athens is defending champion. They will have a lot of friendly competition to try and dethrone them this year. If you haven't played the recently renovated Jennings Mill Country Club course you are in for a treat. New greens, bunkers, and cart paths as well as immaculate fairways are a joy to play on. 
Welcome Al Huda Islamic Center as a Support Congregation
We are delighted that the Al Huda Islamic Association of Athens is joining IHNA as a support congregation. They will be partnered with Milledge Baptist Church and have already had a number of their members shadow volunteers at Milledge during their recent host week. 
New Interfaith Council
IHNA has been working with others to form an area-wide interfaith council to promote dialogue and joint service.  We sent out invitations to a number of local clergy and recently held our first organizational meeting. If you are interested in learning more about the Council please contact Assistant Director, Stacy Pardue ( assist.ihnathens@gmail.com ). 
Class on Homelessness in Athens
Join the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at The University of Georgia and learn about our community with a class entitled "The Homeless of Athens: Who? Why? What Can We Do to Help?" The class is on  Tuesday, November 1, 2016 from 9:00 - 11:45 AM at River's Crossing and cost $10 for OLLI members.

The class will give a brief overview of homelessness in America and then focus on Athens and its homeless population. The panel of speakers will provide information on who are the homeless, why they are homeless, and what needs to be done to reduce or end homelessness in Athens. Panel members are Tom Kenyon, former president of the National Alliance to End Homelessness; Shea Post, chair of the Northeast Georgia Homeless and Poverty Coalition; Katie Wheeler, Athens-Clarke County School District Homeless liaison; and Davin Welter, executive director of Interfaith Hospitality Network of Athens.

Introducing IHNA Interns
We are fortunate to have a strong slate of interns in our office this fall. They include:

Dray Criswell is our Waddell Fellow through the Presbyterian Church. He is currently attending Athens Tech in hopes of transferring to Terry School of Business at UGA, in pursuit of a BBA focused in Management with a co-major of International Business.  I aspire to be a traveling businessman.

Jill Fox is a graduate student at UGA, working on her Masters in Social Work. She is not sure about her career direction; she has many interests and loves exploring new issues and ideas.

Hannah Mapes is a senior at the University of Georgia, majoring in social work and minoring in women's studies. She hopes to pursue her Masters of Social Work at UGA and is interested in working with many populations, specifically those experiencing homelessness and those in the child welfare system.

Sarah Beth Tankersley is a second year Masters of Social Work student at the University of Georgia, focusing on community empowerment and program development, as well as nonprofit management. After graduation in May, she hopes to do nonprofit work focusing on community collaboration. 
Teardrop Bike Ride a Success - Thank you!
The 6th Annual Teardrop Century Bike Ride for IHNA is successfully in the books. Starting from Morgan County High School in Madison, GA for the second consecutive year, more than 150 riders signed up to ride 21, 35, 64, or 103 miles. Perfect weather conditions, and the support of great sag stops made for a terrific day for all. Those sag stops were a big hit as well, thanks to the Rest Stop Queen (Rutledge), the Goldmans (Monroe), Milledge Avenue Baptist Church (Good Hope), Emmanuel Episcopal Church (Watkinsville), Don Nelson and Rachel Gibson (Bostwick), and the Schramski family (Fairplay), The ride was made possible by our presenting sponsors - Georgia Cycle Sport, Jittery Joe's Coffee, Virginia McKenna - Licensed Professional Counselor, and Milledge Avenue Baptist Church - and other generous sponsors, the City of Madison, and volunteers and planners. The finishing touch was a delicious post-ride barbecue meal provided by Deryl Bailey's Empowered Youth Programs. All of this added up to a great day on the road, and - most important - fundraising and friend-raising for Interfaith Hospitality. 
Interfaith Hospitality Network of Athens, GA
393-1 West Hancock Ave

Davin Welter, Executive Director - director@ihnathens.org

Stacy Pardue, Assistant Director - assist.ihnathens@gmail.com

Regina Roth-Goldman, Service Director -
Email: director@ihnathens.org
Phone: 706-425-1881
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