HOW IT WORKS

1. HOST CONGREGATIONS

Host congregations provide overnight lodging, meals, and hospitality for one week, four times a year. 

Host congregations provide overnight lodging, meals (supper, breakfast, and brown-bag lunch), and hospitality. 

Hosting rotates among the eight to thirteen Host Congregations in a Network, which provide lodging for three to five families (up to fourteen individuals) from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. the next morning.

 

2. VOLUNTEERS

Volunteers provide a variety of services: cooking and serving meals, playing with children or helping them with homework, and staying overnight.

 

3. SOCIAL SERVICE AGENCIES

Local social service agencies refer families to the Network.  Agencies may also help guests find housing, jobs, and other services. Social service agencies help screen potential guest families for active substance abuse, domestic violence or psychiatric problems.  Family Promise is equipped to host families with housing needs due to loss of job, illness, or other catastrophic events.  Families who assess as having active substance abuse or mental illness will be referred to other community programs professionally equipped to handle these needs.  

 

4. DAY CENTER

Guests use a local day center, space at a congregation or agency, from 7:30 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.

 

5. TRANSPORTATION

A van transports guests to and from the day center.  The van also carries bedding and luggage to the next Host Congregation.