The Family Promise of Collin County Community Network brings shelter, meals, and support services to Collin County families without homes. Family Promise of Collin County is a cost-efficient and effective community response to family homelessness. The foundation of the program is the involvement of local host congregations who provide a safe refuge, food, and hospitality for the families in the evening on a rotation basis.
Host Congregations located in Collin County provide overnight shelters, food, and loving hospitality for guest families as they rotate weekly among each of the churches in the network. Their support may also include gift cards and monetary donations.
During the day our Guest are at work, school or utilizing our Day Center from 7:30 AM to 6:00 PM during the week and weekend, where a professional case worker provides case management services individualized plan to regain housing and self-sufficiency.
In addition, Guests pursue employment, tend pre-school children, work on financial goals, and tend to laundry and personal needs. The Day Center provides guests with a mailing address and a base for housing and employment searches during the day. The Day Center has been provided by one of our support churches.
Volunteers are the foundation of the Family Promise network. Working together with their host congregation, volunteers provide overnight housing, food and hospitality to the families in need. They provide a wide range of services including cooking and serving meals, playing with children or helping them with homework, interacting with guests with respect and compassion, and providing overnight security. They teach, they serve, they mentor and they do make a difference!
Sustainable Independence Program (SIP)
Family Promise of Collin County's (FPOCC) Sustainable Independence Program (SIP} Provides food,shelter and support services for Collin County families with children as they regain sustainable independence: Phase I Community Services, Phase II Transitional Shelter, Phase III Affordable Housing, Phase IV Aftercare. All services are provided based on demonstrated need and available resources to a presumed population as defined by HUD: 100% of participants are below 50% of median income levels; 100% of participants fall at or below 150% of the Federal Poverty Threshold; 100% qualify for free or reduced lunch.
Loved Well is the children’s enrichment program at FPOCC. As each child struggles through this journey without a home, Family Promise of Collin County will provide a safe and secure refuge where they can find support, kindness and laughter. This program can help provide the children with camps, fun activities and experiences while meeting important needs like child care, counseling, and support while their parents move forward to their goal of independence and stability.
Live Well is an aftercare program for our families who have graduated from the shelter. The Live Well program will continue to provide case management, support groups, counseling, financial accountability and mentoring for up to 24 months after leaving the program. FPOCC has made a commitment to our families we will continue to help them move forward in their journey to sustainable independence.
Almost Home is a program for Guests who have successfully completed the shelter program. This program can offer temporary, affordable housing for up to 12 months for guests who have successfully completed their case management goals. A limited number of homes are available to be used by a family to transition from the shelter to a more permanent, future residence. Additionally, for other families unable to utilize the transitional homes, financial support may be available to assist them with rental and utility deposits and application fees.
God’s Wheels Vehicle Program can help provide Collin County families with children the opportunity to own and maintain reliable transportation in order to preserve or regain sustainable independence. Applicants must be screened and approved. Resources are shared with applicants on an as available basis with priority going to current Family Promise guests. If you would like to donate your vehicle, we can provide you with an IRS 1098.C documenting your tax deductible contribution and your donation helps those in your own community.
Additionally, many of our families do own vehicles, but need assistance with maintenance and gas. If funding is available, FPOCC can provide assistance for approved repairs, car registration and inspection. Weekly donated gas cards are given to each family while they are in the program.
PetSmart has formed a national partnership with Family Promise to create PetPromise, a program that provides options for homeless families to keep their pets while on the road to sustainable housing. This partnership expands existing Family Promise Day Centers throughout the country to include facilitates for families who are in transition or temporarily homeless to keep their dog or cat at the shelter with them. The families involved care for their pet and are able to keep their family including the four legged members together during a difficult time. For more information, please feel free to visit the PetSmart Gives Back page here.