Homelessness can seem to be an overwhelming problem. Many people wonder what one person or one congregation can do to truly make a difference.
The Family Promise Network provides a way for religious congregations to work together to help homeless families. Each congregation participating in the Network provides overnight lodging and meals for three to five families (up to fourteen people) for one week each three or four months on a rotating basis. Homeless families which we prefer to call our guests, stay at the house of worship from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. daily.
Each morning, guests are taken by van or drive their own vehicle to the Home Base Day Center where they meet with the Network Director, care for preschool children, look for housing and employment, or go out to school or work.
The Family Promise Network enables religious congregations to meet the important basic needs of homeless families, who represent the fastest growing segment of the homeless population. Usually, more than half the guests in the Network are children. Nationally, more than 6,000 congregations participate in Family Promise Networks, also known as Interfaith Hospitality Networks – where many thousands of volunteers help families regain their independence.
Volunteers are the foundation of the Network. There are many ways that you can volunteer to help. As a Family Promise volunteer, whether you prepare a hot meal, read to or tutor a child, help a parent write a resume, or stay overnight with guests, you will make a difference in the lives of families that have suffered the loss of their homes.
Volunteer training at the Home Base Day Center is now scheduled every fourth Tuesday of the month from 7:00pm to 8:30pm and every third Wednesday of the month from 10:00am to 11:30am. You are welcome to send interested parties.