1 in 16 children will experience homelessness before the first grade. That’s one child in every kindergarten classroom.
Low-income families across America face increased challenges supporting their children’s education, finding childcare, maintaining employment, and obtaining housing due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Family Promise strives to ensure that families remain healthy, safe, and housed. Family Promise Affiliates have been first-responders to the health crisis—delivering hygiene kits, masks, and meals. We support parents in job searches and relationships with their landlords. Together, we’re making sure children have a home to homeschool from.
Now, more than ever, housing is healthcare. With the support of our volunteers, donors, and partners, we’ll prevent families from experiencing the trauma of homelessness, shelter them while in crisis, and provide ongoing stabilization services so they can maintain independent housing.
Family Promise envisions a nation in which every family has a home, a livelihood, and the chance to build a better future. We deliver innovative solutions for family homelessness and aspire to change the future for 1 million children by 2030 through our community-based programs.
Our work is supported by individual donors, corporate partners, foundations, civic organizations, and congregations. Family Promise has received Charity Navigator’s 4-star rating–the highest available– for nine consecutive years. Only 6% of nonprofits have received this status. Earlier this year, Family Promise was highlighted by Charity Navigator on their list of organizations responding directly to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Actions You Can Take
Family Promise considers a wide range of perspectives and we approach our work holistically. We serve over 100,000 family members every year through shelter, meals, case management, homelessness prevention, and stabilization programs. There are many opportunities to get involved and make a difference in the lives of families facing homelessness.
1. Share on Social Media
Follow us on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter to learn more about the issue of family homelessness. By engaging with and sharing our content on your platforms, you can help raise awareness and elevate the voices of low-income families. You’ll find content below for you to easily download and share:
This giving season I’m joining @Beiersdorf AG in supporting @FamilyPromise – a national nonprofit that provides food, shelter, advocacy and support services for families experiencing homelessness. Their 200+ Affiliates give families a voice and transform lives of families in their community every day.
You can find more information on how to donate or volunteer with your local affiliate at www.familypromise.org.
@family.promise believes that no child should ever have to experience homelessness. Their mission is to provide food, shelter, and support services so that families can achieve sustainable independence. Join me and Beiersdorf in supporting their mission by taking a moment to learn about their efforts to end family homelessness on a national scale.
2. Help our Affiliates Fulfill Their Wishes
Several of our Affiliates have created Amazon Wish Lists with products they need most. This is a wonderful opportunity to purchase items for families for the holidays, and to give back with a small gesture of kindness.
The Family Promise Story
Karen Olson founded Family Promise in New Jersey in 1986. What began as a local initiative has become a national movement that involves 200,000 volunteers in 200+ communities in 43 states. Through the support of our partners and volunteers, we have expanded and deepened our impact. The lives of over 1 million family members have been changed since our founding–proof that a small act of compassion can make a lasting difference.
The Family Promise community works tirelessly to not only provide services to families in need, but also to advocate on their behalf. In addition to securing housing and providing support through our host/support congregations, partners, and volunteers, Family Promise strives to educate others on the issue of family homelessness. A look through our 2020 Annual Impact Report illustrates how Family Promise empowers families in their journeys, and raises awareness of the root causes of family homelessness.
Despite limitations caused by the COVID-19 crisis, Family Promise has innovated solutions to keep families together and safe. Although social distancing and remote work have impacted the ability to fundraise, provide shelter, and host events, we’ve remained dynamic and flexible in our approach. Our Affiliates, staff, and volunteers have turned these unprecedented circumstances into an opportunity to aid vulnerable families in new ways.