Basic Elements of Family Promise
- Host Congregations – about 4 times a year – for one week at a time – Host congregations provide overnight lodging, meals, and hospitality. The church will host 3 to 5 families (up to 14 individuals) from 5 pm until 7am each day.
- Volunteers – are the heart of the program. They provide a variety of services: cooking & serving meals, playing with children, staying overnight, etc.
- Social Service Agencies – refer families to Family Promise. The agencies may also help quest find housing, jobs, and other service. They help assess potential guest families.
- Day Center – Guest need a place to stay during the day – a place where they can make phone calls, tend small children, search for housing and jobs. Guest use the day center as a base from about 7:30am – 5pm. The Day Center provides an office for the FP Director and a mailing address for the guest.
- Transportation – The Family Promise vehicles transports guest to and from the day center. It will aslo be used to transport bedding and luggage to the next Host Congregation.
Our Mission is to help homeless and low-income families achieve sustainable independence.
We recognize that poverty is a multifaceted problem that requires a multifaceted response. We respond by integrating educational outreach, smart programming, effective policies, and the hands-on work of thousands of volunteers. We provide food, shelter, and support services for homeless families. We provide advice and advocacy for at-risk families to prevent their becoming homeless. And we educate people about poverty and the means to combat it.
We accomplish our work through independent Affiliates in 41 states (and counting). We work community-by-community, guided by experts . . . the people who live there and know it best. At the heart of each Affiliate is an Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN). The IHN marshals existing local resources to provide for homeless families as they work to get back on their feet. These resources include available congregational spaces, donated goods, and – most importantly – volunteers.
Today, we mobilize more than 170,000 volunteers from coast to coast in our commitment to building communities, strengthening lives.
Our Affiliates are nonsectarian. Their volunteers come from diverse backgrounds and represent nearly every faith in the United States.
Since our founding more than twenty years ago, we have served about 450,000 people, including tens of thousands of homeless families who found temporary homes at our Affiliates. Most of our clients are children.
Our proven approach has helped nearly 80 percent of clients secure housing.
Our Vision is a nation in which every family has a home, a livelihood, and the chance to build a better future together.