How do we help Homeless Families in Facing Homelessness?
The Family Promise Network Program brings shelter, meals, and support services to families who lose their homes. It is a cost-efficient, effective community response to family homelessness. Because the Family Promise program makes use of existing community resources, it can be implemented quickly, without major start-up costs. The basic components of the program:
1. Host Congregations
Each host congregation provides a private or semi-private space for each family, one week at a time on a rotating schedule. The Host Congregation provides the needed volunteers, supplies & resources including meals, fellowship, and hospitality.
2. Day Center
Our Guest Families use a local Day Center from 7:30 AM to 5:00 PM, where our Case Manager provides case management services. At the Day Center our guests pursue employment, tend to their pre-school children, shower, and do laundry. The day center provides guests with a mailing address and a base for housing and employment searches. Many guests are employed during the day, while older children attend school.
The Family Promise Network has a van to transport our Guest Families to and from the Day Center. Family Promise also uses its van to carry bedding and luggage to the next Host Congregation, and collect any donations made to the organization.
4. Social Services
Family Promise works in collaboration with other Social Service agencies. Local social service agencies refer families to Family Promise and may also help guests find housing, jobs, and other needed services.
Volunteers are an essential element of the program's success & provide a wide range of services like: preparing and serving meals; playing with children or helping them with homework; interacting with guests with respect and compassion; and providing overnight security. Family Promise's success is 100% dependent on its many volunteers.
6. What we need...
Family Promise literally runs on the kindness of strangers. By the grace of God we have been blessed with generous benefactors, welcoming churches & very giving volunteers, but we're always looking for that missing element... YOU.