Interfaith Hospitality

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Interfaith Hospitality Network of Ocean County is part of a national organization called Family Promise.


Our Mission Statement:

Interfaith Hospitality Network of Ocean County is a non-profit, interfaith ministry committed to providing shelter, meals and assistance to homeless families.  With our trained volunteers, we reach out with compassion and acceptance, providing help, hope and a safe haven for our guests while they seek permanent employment and affordable housing.  We increase community awareness and advocate responsible solutions to homelessness.

We here at the Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish have been involved in this ministry since its inception in Ocean County for 24 years.  We are one of the churches that provide shelter 4 to 5 weeks out of each year.

The Interfaith Hospitality Network of Ocean County is comprised of 11 churches and one synagogue.  There are also 8 support congregations that partner with host congregations to staff a host week.

Volunteers are the heart and soul of the Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN) program.  Without volunteers we could not provide services to our guest families.  Volunteers perform simple but immeasurably significant services.  They supply the meals, the time needed to host at our church and they donate money to purchase the supplies for the host week as well.

They talk to the guests...and listen.  They can be a source of HOPE. This is where WE can start to make a difference!

Consider becoming a volunteer. Here are some of the ways you can help:


- Preparing food

- Hosting guests families at our host sites in the evening or overnight

- Playing with children and helping with homework

- Teaching life skills like parenting, home management, budgeting and nutrition

- Becoming a volunteer coordinator

- Helping with clerical and administrative jobs at the IHN office

- Becoming a mentor to our families

- Joining the Board of Trustees

- Or bringing your unique personal skills to help our families in other ways


To find out more ways please go to

The only way this works is through the help of volunteers who are asked to just give a few hours during a Host Week.  This program keeps our Homeless children out of hotels and motels. It keeps the children safe and with their parents. To find out how you can help or volunteer at the Our Lady of Guadalupe please contact Pat Rainer at 732-300-8288 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

A brief story for your prayerful discernment:

Several years ago, a young girl heard about Interfaith Hospitality Network through the Religious Education Program here at our parish.  She convinced her mother to come and help us set up one Sunday. Next she told her mother that she wanted to get involved in helping out during our Host Week.  Mom responded by saying that money was a bit tight right now.  But the young girl was persistent and told her mother that it didn’t cost anything to be a host and eat dinner with the families.  And they did just that!

Later on, the young girl kept a box at her house and when she could she would put her spare change in this box until she had enough money to pay for a meal to present to our families.

This young girl is now an adult but her actions have always inspired me. We can all do a little something to help our neighbors.

“Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for Me.”



Pat Barlow (Sleepers) 732-905-4199

Janet Lawson (Hosting) 732-367-0315

Lisa Romano (Dinners) 848-448-1131

Judy and Bill Locke (Supplies) 732-408-9314

Velda Castellano (Set Up and Break Down) 908-600-4835


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Parish Office Hours

Parish Office: St.Mary of the Lake
MON- FRI : 9:00 AM – 11:45 AM

MON- FRI 12:45 PM – 4:00 PM
**The office will be closed from 11:45 AM to 12:45 PM for lunch**
(732) 363-0139
43 Madison Ave, Lakewood, NJ 08701
Parish Office: St.Anthony Claret
MON- FRI : 9:00 AM – 11:45 AM
MON- FRI 12:45 PM – 5:00 PM
**The office will be closed from 11:45 AM to 12:45 PM for lunch**
(732) 367-8486
780 Ocean Ave, Lakewood, NJ 08701
Religious Education Office
MON- FRI : 9:00 AM – 11:45 AM
MON- FRI 12:45 PM – 5:00 PM
**The office will be closed from 11:45 AM to 12:45 PM for lunch**
(732) 363-0139  Ex.(241), Ex.(232)
Cemetery & Mausoleum Office:
MON – FRI  : 9AM - 3PM

1 Honey Locust Drive, Lakewood, NJ 08701