Our main focus is to help our future guest families get back into permanent, sustainable housing and employment as quickly as possible. While in our program, guests will receive food, shelter, and comprehensive support services. Guest’s families will also have the opportunity to develop enduring life skills through individualized case management by staff and through personal mentoring by volunteers. When we help parents meet their basic needs and give them the opportunity to create a plan to get back on their feet, they can begin to realize their dreams of providing a better life for their children. This improves the lives of future generations and also changes our community for the better. There are six basic components to a network program.
1. Host/Support Congregations: 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 up to 4 times a year. The ideal number of Hosting Congregations is 13. The Supporting Congregations may not have the physical space available to host, but provide much needed volunteers, supplies and finances.
2. Day Center: Guests use a local Day Center from approximately 7:30 am to 5:00 pm, where the Family Promise Network Director, a professional social worker, provides case management services. There, 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.
3. 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 any donations made to the Network.
4. Fundraising: Since the Network is a 501(c)3 the organization is financed through donations, grants, and fundraising. The annual budget is $130,000 to $150,000.
5. Social Services Agencies: Family Promise works in collaboration with other social services agencies. Local social service agencies refer families to the Network and may also help guests find or provide housing, jobs, and other needed services.
6. 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 it volunteers.