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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.

Safe Haven

Each of our families has a safe, private space, currently either in a hotel, or in a "tiny home", where parents can spend quality time with their kids. (Prior to the covid pandemic, our longtime lodging model had been space providing on a rotating basis with our support congregations.) Since our hotel guests have no kitchen, our congregations have assisted with gift cards to help with the cost of meals. All adults, whether guest families or volunteers, undergo background checks, to ensure our families are in a safe environment.

With volunteers giving their time, making meals, and sharing hospitality, together with the generous financial support of our community, 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. More than 200,000 volunteers work with Family Promise affiliates nationwide.

These volunteers are the core of the program. Here in Sacramento they assist office staff by taking  phone calls, answering questions, completing intake form with callers, providing referrals to other programs, and lending a compassionate ear. Other volunteers share food, tend gardens, and prepare lodging for new famlies. 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.

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