Who We Are
Our mission is to help homeless and low-income families achieve sustainable independence.
Founded in Summit, New Jersey in 1988, Family Promise is a National organization that comprises more than 200 Affiliates in 43 states, engaging 200,000 compassionate volunteers who want to make a difference in the lives of families in need. Families with children make up 35% of the people who experience homelessness in the United States. Family homelessness is a non-partisan issue at the core of American values—the family. We all agree that every child deserves a home. Through our innovative approach, we keep families together and serve more than 90,000 children and adults every year.
We address the very real issue of family homelessness in Monroe County cost-effectively by utilizing existing community resources. Congregations provide space in their buildings to serve as temporary evening/overnight accommodations (each host offers 4-5 one week stays for 3-5 families per year). The Day Center, provides the location where families can take showers, receive intensive, individualized case management to include education and connection to resources that will help them overcome the hurdles that are keeping them from stability. Transportation is provided to get families from the host congregations to the day center and we collaborate with the school districts to ensure that children are not shuffled between districts.
With volunteers giving their time, making meals, and sharing hospitality, family homelessness is addressed without requiring the creation of an expensive shelter. These volunteers are the core of the program. They share food, spend the night, play with children and lend their passion and expertise to help families get back on their feet. They prove that motivated people can solve family homelessness.