HOST

Family Promise provides a community based solution that incorporates community outreach and mission opportunities at the congregational level. In conjunction with a day facility operated by Family Promise staff; host congregations are needed to provide meals and evening shelter. This commitment amounts to providing volunteers and space to accommodate 4 to 5 families (up to 14 people), three to four times per year.

Using an existing resource model of operations means that resources within the community are matched with community need.
 
How can Our Church Become A Host Congregation?
 
Space for up to 4 families, 14 individuals, to stay for a week at a time, once every 3 months. The space used can be classrooms, offices or a large hall with dividers. Since a host congregation is providing hospitality to families for the week, the guests’ areas are not broken down during the day. (Usually, congregations host 3 to 4 families at a time. Most congregations offer:
 

A common area for meals, homework, relaxation and fellowship.

Two bathrooms: one for women; one for men. (The day center provides showers.)

Space for volunteers to sleepover (any available space at the congregation can be used, e.g: offices, hallway, etc.)

A kitchen for meal preparation (dinners may be cooked at the congregation or brought in and heated there), a refrigerator, food staples and necessary clean up items.

The congregation is responsible for all meals (nutritious cooked dinners, simple breakfasts and supplies for sack lunches), utilities (heat/cooling, water and electricity), linens, and various basic items such as toys, soap, etc. The network supplies the beds.

Volunteers: A congregation should always have at least 2 volunteers present and generally not more than 4 at a time. Volunteers can come from other congregations and organizations; all volunteers undergo orientation before they begin.
 
”When you become involved, it is not just the lives of children and their families facing homelessness that are renewed; hosts learn, engage, and become connected and themselves are transformed.”
 
Karen Olson
President of Family Promise
 
Our Current Host Congregations