The overall goal and purpose of Family Promise is to provide children and their families as well as single women with shelter, basic needs and assistance as they seek permanent housing. Family Promise is unique in that it does not split up families during their crisis.
IHN is also unique in that it is able to meet the emergency needs of the families we serve through the hard work of a small staff and volunteers. With the united support of over 27 churches, the local interfaith Hospitality Network serves up to 14 individuals daily; providing shelter, three daily meals and hospitality. The majority of the work is provided through 14 Host Congregations and 14 Support Congregations who house families in their facilities every night. All the evening activities of housing, feeding, encouraging and interacting with the children and families are conducted by volunteers. We are able to utilize existing community resources of the congregations to make every dollar count.
During the day, families come to a “home base” which is our on-site Day Center, where they are busy taking care of family business. Through the use of our office and case manager they are able to access community resources to search for employment and housing. Key to their success is the fact that every family is connected to the community through volunteers at the congregations. Families are able to build a new community network that helps them achieve their goals of independence.
This past year 3,500 Nights of Shelter and 10,500 meals were served by our host and support congregations.
Jenny came to Family Promise March of 2016. She was living with her mother and father who both passed away in a short period of time, resulting in Jenny having no place to live. At the end of March, Jenny gained part-time employment and began receiving income. When working with Jenny, it became known that Jenny was coping with mental health and had also lost her husband shortly before her parents, causing her to have a hard time handling the sadness and grief. Family Promise connected her with PSG Counseling service to help her move forward. In April, Jenny was given the opportunity to move into a Fifth Avenue Methodist Church sponsored Family Promise apartment and was very happy for the opportunity. Shortly after moving into the apartment, Jenny showed interest in looking for another job to supplement her income. In May, she obtained a second job at McDonald’s and then in July got promoted to Crew Manager and received full-time hours. Then on September 1st, Jenny became a tenant in a non-sponsored unit at Family Promise paying a full-month’s rent and continuing to meet with staff once a week for the aftercare program. Jenny joined Family Promise grieving the loss of 3 family members, unemployed, and trying to balance everyday life struggles. However, she successfully exited our program as a full-time employed, apartment renting, optimistic woman. Family Promise is proud of how far Jenny has come and we look forward to her continued success!