Who We Are
When Family Promise began, it was a local response to a problem in Union County, New Jersey. Thirty years later, we are a national movement involving more than 200,000 volunteers which served more than 177,000 people in 2020.
But the core of what we do is still local—partnerships within a city or county changing lives. Family Promise makes that possible by developing and supporting Affiliates that address family homelessness right in their own community.
Over the past three decades, Family Promise has continued to expand our scope and our reach. Today, we comprise more than 200 Affiliates across 43 states and are the leading national nonprofit addressing the issue of family homelessness.
Family Promise was founded in 1986 by Karen Olson. In the three decades since, we have grown from a rotational shelter program in Union County, New Jersey, to a national network that serves families nationwide through multiple shelter, prevention, and stabilization programs.
Family Promise allows communities to develop comprehensive, holistic solutions for families facing homelessness. Families come to us in crisis; our approach of coordinated compassion helps them rebuild their lives with new skills and ongoing support to prepare them for a successful future.
Our dynamic team is passionate about solving the issue of family homelessness. We strive to elevate voices of families with lived experience.
Our national board bears influence as community leaders and professionals representing numerous companies nationally with expertise in diverse fields.
COMMITTEES & COUNCILS
Our committees and councils work with staff to provide an expansion of opportunities and resources and magnify the work of the organization.
Our partners offer resources and people power to change the future for families in America. Authentic partnerships involve meaningful philanthropy, in-kind donations, and employee engagement. Together, we create homelessness prevention programs, transitional housing, single family homes, and most important of all: community.