Families are the fastest growing segment of the homeless population right here in our own community. But through the efforts of the Longview Interfaith Hospitality Network (LIHN) there is hope and help available for families with children who are experiencing the crisis of homelessness. This non-profit organization opened its doors in 2004, and in partnership with a network of local congregations, provides welcoming care and shelter, three nutritious meals a day, and programs directed towards self-sufficiency.
LIHN board of directors member, Deniece Morgan, has served on the board for the past three years as well as serving as the fundraising and development chair. This year she is adding the upcoming annual fundraising event, A Walk on the Wild Side, to her LIHN chair duties. The fundraiser will be held on Friday, February 22, at Maude Cobb Activity Center. The evening promises to be fun-filled with dinner, entertainment, and both a live and silent auction.
Mrs. Morgan invites the community to attend in support of LIHN and the vital work the organization provides. The money raised during A Walk on the Wild Side will help minister to homeless families.
In addition to her service with LIHN, Mrs. Morgan also volunteers for Buckner Children & Family Services. She was honored as the organization’s Volunteer of the Year in 2011. She is an active member of First Baptist Church where she serves as the mission coordinator for the Tabitha Sunday school class and is past chair of the missions committee. Mrs. Morgan also served as the church coordinator for LIHN prior to joining the LIHN board.
“I volunteer with LIHN, with my church, and with Buckner for the same reason, and that is because God asks us, in Matthew 25, to care for ‘the least of these,’ and because the second greatest commandment is ‘to love your neighbor as yourself,’ ” Mrs. Morgan said.
Mrs. Morgan is originally from Great Falls, Montana, and graduated from Airline High School in Bossier City, Louisiana. She and her husband, Mark, have been married and residents of Longview for 36 years. They have two adult daughters and son-in-laws, and four grandchildren. Mrs. Morgan is retired from Satterwhite Log Homes after 16 years.
“I have always liked helping others and there are so many opportunities to serve other people in Longview,” Mrs. Morgan said.
For more information on the Longview Interfaith Hospitality Network A Walk on the Wild Side, please call 903-234-8343, or visit www.longviewihn.com.