Family Promise Union County

Family Promise Union County, better known as FPUC, in Elizabeth, NJ, is Family Promise’s flagship program overseen by the national office. Like all our Affiliates, FPUC tackles the crisis of family homelessness through comprehensive services that address homelessness prevention, emergency shelter, and stabilization support.

Family Promise Union County logo

Family Promise Union County, better known as FPUC, in Elizabeth, NJ, is Family Promise’s flagship program overseen by the national office. Like all our Affiliates, FPUC tackles the crisis of family homelessness through comprehensive services that address homelessness prevention, emergency shelter, and stabilization support.

Despite the economic disruption and a prolonged affordable housing shortage exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic, FPUC continued to serve families in crisis. Working with more than 120 landlords, FPUC safely sheltered 12 families in apartments. Even more impressive, all the families who graduated from the shelter program moved into permanent housing.

Family Promise Union County clean up
Family Promise Union County clean up

Hurricane Ida completely devastated FPUC’s offices and day center in 2021, but staff quickly relocated, and volunteers pitched in to help clean up the debris. FPUC continues to look for new office space.

Family Promise Union County hikeFPUC also focused on homelessness prevention efforts and helped 200 families avoid the trauma of losing their homes. Because of access to support like rent and utility assistance, financial literacy education, and life skills development, 73 children and their families will never know the anguish of experiencing homelessness. FPUC also administered CARES Act funding for 113 households.

As always, volunteers and partners played a critical role in helping FPUC families navigate their return to stability and independence. 1,500 volunteers supported families through item drives, donations, academic tutoring, move-ins, day center support, health and wellness activities, budget counseling, and tax preparation. FPUC also partnered with local organizations and agencies to offer families cooking workshops and a vaccine information clinic, as well as housewares, furniture, automobiles, and more. In addition, FPUC took advantage of Family Promise’s partnership with Grow with Google to help guests and graduates further their careers and earning potential through digital training and skills development.

In August, Hurricane Ida devastated the FPUC day center as well as hundreds of households in Union County. Staff relocated to temporary quarters and continued to work with families, including many who were displaced by the storm. Meanwhile, FPUC volunteers helped clean up and sort through debris. The damage was extensive, and FPUC continues to search for a new space.

Learn more about our Hurricane Ida recovery:


families (including 25 children) served through shelter, meals, and comprehensive support services


families (including 73 children) served through diversion and prevention


families served
through post-program
graduate support


overnight stays


of sheltered families who exited FPUC moved into permanent housing




landlord partnerships




families served through rental assistance

Plus, more than 2,000 individuals served through information and referrals.

FPUC Partners

Atlantic Health

Avocado Green Mattress

Bridgeway Rehabilitation Services

Catholic Charities

Center for Women Career Closet

Central Presbyterian Lena Willis Mission Endowment Fund

City of Elizabeth

Community Access Unlimited

Community Health Law Project

Elizabeth Coalition to House the Homeless

Furniture Assist



Imagine, A Center for Coping with Loss

Jewish Family Services

Joyal Capital Management

Junior League of Summit

Keller Williams Realty

Knights of Columbus

Legal Services

Marty’s Reliable Cycle

Menstrual Products for NJ

Moms for Moms

Overlook Family Medicine

Overlook Hospital

Prevention Links


Project Hygiene

Salvation Army


SOMA Sewing Volunteers

St. Joseph’s

Summit High School Family Promise Club

Summit Police Department

Summit YMCA

Support the Girls

Union County Human Services

Union County Social Services

United Way

Urban League of Union County




FPUC Volunteer Stories

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Leading the Fight Against Family Homelessness

Family Promise’s position as a national leader in the fight against family homelessness is a result of the dedication and hard work of our staff and volunteers. From representation on advisory councils to input on national media coverage about the crisis to spotlighting unique issues at the community level, Family Promise makes the voices of those in need heard.
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Sierra and her mom lived out of their car before finding Family Promise of Orange County in Anaheim, CA. The family was featured in a photo essay by The Guardian. Click the image to learn more about their story. Photo credit: The Guardian

Family Promise graduate Romona was featured in an NPR story on single mothers overcoming homelessness. She’s now pursuing a degree while working at a job she loves and recently became a homeowner. Click the image for her full story. Photo credit: The New York Times

As she told The New York Times, Family Promise volunteer Patricia (pictured far left with Family Promise staff) hasn’t let COVID curtail her community spirit. Click the image to learn more about the power of volunteerism.

Charity Charge podcast

Charity Charge, an enterprise dedicated to helping nonprofits remain fiscally sound, interviewed Family Promise CEO Claas Ehlers about homelessness prevention, volunteerism, and leadership. Click the image to listen to the full podcast.  

advisory roles and memberships

    • Association of Fundraising Professionals
    • AFP-NJ Marketing Committee
    • Charity Navigator’s Consultative Council of Nonprofit Leaders
    • Federal Reserve Bank of New York Community Advisory Group
    • Overlook Medical Center’s Community Advisory Board
    • Sesame Street in Communities Advisory Board

National Partnerships

Dozens of corporate and nonprofit partners support Family Promise’s work to address the issue of family homelessness. Dedicated partners collaborate and provide valuable insight and resources that enable us to enhance and expand programs and services to best meet the needs of families in crisis.

Corporate PARTNERS

Nonprofit Partners


Shelter alone can’t solve the crisis of family homelessness. That’s why Family Promise offers a comprehensive range of services that address the root causes of housing instability. From homelessness prevention programs to emergency shelter to post-program stabilization, we’re there for families every step of the way on their journey to lasting independence. But we couldn’t do it without the support of our volunteers. Tens of thousands of volunteers across the country dedicate their time and talent to help families regain stability and security. Here are some of their stories.

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Family Promise Affiliate Map 2022

Contact Us

The future begins at home.

Family Promise
71 Summit Avenue
Summit, NJ 07901

(908) 273-1100

Charity Navigator

For the ninth consecutive year, Family Promise has been rated a Four Star Charity by Charity Navigator, a distinction given to only four percent of rated nonprofits. Family Promise was one of only 71 nonprofits in the U.S. to earn a perfect score of 100 out of 100 points.