Providing families with a safe place to stay as a family unit.
No child should have to sleep on the street or in a car, and no parent should have to sleep with one eye open in fear for their child's safety. Providing a safe and comfortable living space where families can stay together is an essential part of the Family Promise mission.
Through the support of our 14 local host congregations and their volunteers, families are provided with private sleeping quarters as well as home cooked dinners. Each church hosts for a week at a time, often coordinating evening activities and games for the children and parents. Volunteers at each church stay with the families in order to help them in whatever way possible as well as to provide families with open ears and open arms during their stay.
Our Day Center provides a home base where families can take showers, receive case management, and look for housing and jobs. We provide transportation to get families from the host shelters to the Day Center and back.
With volunteers giving their time, making meals, and sharing hospitality, family homelessness is addressed without the creation of expensive shelters. Across the country, people have realized that this innovative approach truly makes a difference for families experiencing homelessness—and more than 200,000 volunteers.
These volunteers are the core of the program. They share food, spend the night, play with children and lend their passion and expertise to help families get back on their feet. They prove that motivated people can solve family homelessness. And, in the process, they truly create “home” – and a community – for families who have no place left to turn.