In 1990, the Rev. Patricia Eller, a United Methodist minister, recognized a need to help the homeless in Springfield and Clark County. As a result of Rev. Eller's vision, Interfaith Hospitality Network of Springfield, Inc. was founded in October of that year.
Since then, IHN of Springfield has made great strides in helping those in need by offering the following programs:
- Norm’s Place, formerly the IHN Day Center, with the help of numerous churches, now has the capability of providing on-site overnight shelter for homeless families and single women in the Springfield / Clark County community.
- In August of 2006, IHN became the administrator of the Edward T. Craig House, which was moved to a new location, as of February 21, 2011, now known as the Hartley House, a shelter for single men in the Springfield/Clark County Community.
- PHSS (Permanent Housing with Supportive Services) is a program that serves choric homeless single men, women, and families with children.
- NSP (Neighborhood Stabilization Program) is a program that serves families with children with permanent housing.
- SOS (Springfield Overflow Shelter) is a overnight shelter for individuals to stay at during the coldest months of the winter. These individuals have not sought shelter through Norm's Place or the Hartley House but still need a safe, secure, and warm place to enjoy a hot meal, spend the night and leave in the morning with some hot coffee and breakfast.
- ILSA (Independent Living with Supportive Assistance) is a program for singles and families who are in transition from having accomplished a number of their goals, but not quite capable of total independence.