Our Mission is to help homeless and low-incomefamilies achieve sustainable independencethrough a community-based response.
Basic Elements for the Program 1. Host Congregations About four to six times a year – for one week at a time – Host congregations provide overnight lodging, meals (supper, breakfast, and brown-bag lunch), and hospitality. Hosting rotates among the eight to thirteen Host congregations in the Affiliate, which provide lodging for three to five families (up to fourteen individuals) from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. the next morning. 2. Volunteers Volunteers are the heart of the Affiliate; without them, it cannot exist. Volunteers provide a variety of services: cooking and serving meals, playing with children or helping them with homework, and staying overnight. Beyond providing lodging and meals, volunteers interact with the guests, treating them with respect and responding with compassion. 3. Social Service Agencies Local social service agencies refer families to the Affiliate. The agencies may also help guests find housing, jobs, and other services. Since Family Promise is primarily comprised of volunteers, the social service agencies help assess potential guest families for active substance abuse, domestic violence or psychiatric problems. 4. Day Center Guests use a local day center, space at a congregation or agency, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. to shower, care for pre-school children, and seek employment. Many guests are employed during the day and go to work. During the school year, children go to school. The day center provides guests with a mailing address and a home base from which to conduct their housing search. The Director’s office will be at the day center. 5. Transportation A program van transports guests to and from the day center. The van also carries bedding and luggage to the next Host Congregation.
•Local school guidance counselors confirm enrollment of students lacking a stable living residence.•51% of homeless children are too young for school and not counted.•The three most cited reasons for family homelessness are: 1) Lack of affordable housing 2) Unemployment, and 3) Poverty.•In the US, 20% of children under 18 live in poverty.•There is no county in the country where the federal minimum wage is enough to afford a Fair Market Rent, one-bedroom apartment.•Two-thirds of poor children live in families in which at least one family member works.