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Host Site


As we continue to adapt to the challenges presented by Covid, our supporting congregations are providing volunteers to provide occasional special meals, tend gardens, and help maintain the lodging for our guests. We are also communicating with our "host congregations" about eventually restarting our shelter partnership with them. This page describes that partnership.

Family Promise’s shelter program relies on a partnership of interfaith congregations and other volunteer groups to help local families facing homelessness. Our host sites provide lodging, meals and hospitality to families in need. For families in the program, each day begins with breakfast at a host site with volunteers, followed by a bus ride to our Center. In the evening, guests return to the host site, where volunteers provide dinner and spend some quality time. The evening hours are for homework, relaxing and family fun time, as they would be with any family. Each day ends with the family all together, under one roof.


Local houses of worship provide temporary overnight lodging in otherwise unused spaces in their buildings. A host congregation team of volunteers may be involved with the following:


  • Cooking and hosting dinner

  • Spending the evening with families, talking, tutoring kids or playing games

  • Sleeping overnight in the congregation

  • Coordinating children’s crafts & activities

  • Donating necessary supplies for the hosting week

  • Setting up and breaking down guest families’ rooms


  • Families stay overnight, not 24 hours a day

  • Each congregation hosts families for just one week, four times a year

  • Guests consist of only two to four families   (14 children & adults max)

  • Family Promise runs criminal background checks and drug screenings on all program participants


  • A Family Promise driver transports the families to and from the host facility and carries their bedding and luggage to each new host location

We need your help! Can your faith group become a host or support congregation?

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Committed Host Congregations

  • Adventure Christian Church of North Natomas

  • American River Community Church

  • Carmichael Presbyterian Church

  • Congregation Beth Shalom

  • Congregation B’Nai Israel

  • Faith Presbyterian Church

  • Grace Lutheran Church

  • Rancho Cordova United Methodist Church

  • St. Anthony’s Catholic Church

  • St. Mark’s United Methodist Church

  • St. John’s Lutheran Church

  • Sierra Arden United Church of Christ

  • Trinity Episcopal Cathedral

  • Unitarian Universalist Society of Sacramento

Committed Support Congregations

  • First Christian Church

  • Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament

  • Centennial United Methodist Church

  • Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

  • Carmichael Stake

  • Our Lady of Assumption Catholic Church

  • Parkside Community Church United Church of Christ

  • St. Andrews Episcopal Church

  • St. Ignatius Catholic Church

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