Program Components

The Family Promise Network Program brings shelter, meals, and support services to families without homes. Family Promise Networks are a cost-efficient, effective, and replicable community response to family homelessness. Because they make use of existing community resources, they can be implement quickly, without major start-up costs. There are six basic components to a Network Program.

 

  • Host/Support Congregation

    The hosting of families rotates weekly among the Host Congregations in the Network. In turn, each host congregation provides lodging, three meals a day, and caring hospitality 3-4 times a year. Our goal is to have a minimum of 13 Host Congregations.The Support Congregations may not have the physical space available to Host, but provide much needed volunteers, supplies and finances.

    If your church is interested in becoming a Host church, email our recruitment team and someone will contact you.

  • Day Center

    Guests use a local Day Center from approximately 7:00 to 9:00am and 3:00 to 6:00pm, where the Family Promise Network Director, a professional social worker, provides case management services. Here , guests pursue employment, tend 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.
  • Transportation

    The Family Promise Network van transports guests to and from the Day Center. Some Networks have an additional vehicle to carry bedding and personal belongings to the next Host Congregation. The vehicle is also used to collect an donations made to the Network.
  • Fundraising

    Since the Network is a 501(c)3, the organization is financed through donations, grants and fundraising.
  • Social Service Agencies

    Family Promise works in collaboration with other Social Service agencies. Local social service agencies refer families to the Network and may also help find or provide housing, jobs, and other needed services.
  • Volunteers

    Volunteers are essential to our success and provide a wide range of services like cooking and serving meals, playing with children or helping them with homework, interacting with guests with respect and compassion, and providing overnight security. The Network depends on its success through its volunteers.

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