Four times a year — for one week at a time — host congregations provide overnight lodging, meals (supper, breakfast and a brown bag lunch, if needed) as well as hospitality.
Families typically arrive at the host congregation around 6 p.m. and leave the next morning around 7 a.m., 7 days a week. The Resource Center has showers and laundry facilities for our guests. Small children, along with their parent(s), and those who are not working or seeking employment can spend the day at our Resource Center. Families are welcome to spend weekend days at the Resource Center, doing what normal families do on their weekends.
Hosting rotates among 13 houses of worship, which provide lodging for families (up to 14 people). The families arrive at a new congregation on Sunday evening and leave the following Sunday morning.
Our Executive Director and Case Worker will work together with local social service agencies to help guests find housing, jobs and other services. The agencies assist our staff to assess potential guest families for substance abuse, domestic violence or psychiatric problems.
Volunteers are the heart of Family Promise. They cook, serve meals, play with children and help them with their homework and stay overnight. Most importantly, volunteers interact with the guests, treating them with respect and responding with compassion.