Community is a powerful word--and it is at the heart of the Family Promise shelter program.

Breelyns FamilyAcross the country, communities offer hospitality to families through Family Promise Affiliates. The innovative model— mobilizing volunteers to help house families in community space—has helped over one million children and adults in our national network of 200+ Affiliates. Working with community resources, Family Promise Affiliates provide comprehensive and targeted services, including extensive case management, at 1/3 the cost of traditional shelter. Furthermore, Family Promise Affiliates serve families of all compositions, often providing their only shelter option in a community.

And it works.

On average, 88% of the people served in the shelter program secure housing within nine weeks. Because of the depth of services and community support, families stay housed, and Affiliates provide both prevention and stabilization services to increase their impact.

Our guests are housed in one of two main shelter models: rotational and static. The rotational shelter model engages a network of community partners, often faith communities, to house families with children in different locations each week. The static site model also engages community partners, including faith communities, but the location does not change. It is a fixed site for the families to stay, and volunteers to provide the hospitality at the site.

Volunteers create and connect families to the community, lending their passion and expertise to help families get back on their feet. 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.  And, in the process, they truly create “home” – and a community – for families who have no place left to turn.

In every community, these core elements exist. By bringing the community together on the issue of family homelessness, Family Promise addresses a major social problem in a holistic, effective way. Once the community becomes engaged, people understand the root causes of family homelessness and take steps to address them. Family Promise Affiliates have created more than 1,700 community initiatives—housing programs, homelessness prevention, childcare, and much more—that target the issues of poverty and homelessness on a local level.

Not only does our 88% success rate mean many more families stably housed, but it is also a tremendous cost saving to the community as a diversion from far more expensive interventions. Our approach of keeping families together, identifying their strengths, and partnering with the community for solutions means that families are at much lower risk of returning to homelessness.

Family Promise changes lives.  We served 126,000 parents and children last year, giving them the ability to realize their true potential. We also change the lives of our 200,000 volunteers, giving them a meaningful outreach right in their own communities.

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