History

Family Promise is a community response to prevent individuals & families from becoming homeless. Washington County is one of 200+ affiliates in 44 states-and one of 11 in Wisconsin-that serve the homeless. Nationally, Family Promise has been providing shelter since 1987.

Family Promise of Washington County was started in 2009 and opened in 2010 due to a need for housing services in the area. It started out as the Interfaith Hospitality Network of 14 congregations in the county. Today we have over 20 congregations in the Hospitality Network and have expanded our services to include the transitional housing program and the Rapid Re-Housing program in 2012.

In June of 2014, the Promise Center opened. Since then, we’ve been able to open eight supportive apartments in the building and provide space for Professional Services Group, which expanded for 2019.

In February of 2018, Karl’s Place opened. Karl’s Place is a shelter that serves single men & women at risk of homelessness. The singles shelter addresses a gap services in our community, bringing together shelter, meals, basic health services, and quality case management for individuals at risk of homelessness. Karl’s Place also has 4 supportive apartments for transitioned guests.