Our rotational shelter program and warm hospitality is the foundation of the Family Promise model.
Across Monmouth County, we offer hospitality to families through our network of host and support congregations, and volunteers. This innovative model — using existing space like congregations and volunteers motivated by compassion —has helped hundreds of children and adults. Combining this emergency shelter with comprehensive and targeted services including extensive case management, we offer families a real chance to break the cycle.
And it works.
On average, 90% of the people served in the shelter program secure housing within nine weeks. Because of the depth of services and community support, families stay housed, and we provide both prevention and stabilization services to increase their impact.
HOW IT WORKS
Families in our program rotate through our host congregations weekly. During the day we provide transportation to our Day Center in Oceanport and bus service for children going to school. At the Day Center, families receive case management, assistance in housing and employment and can take showers and do laundry.
Volunteers are the core of the program. They share food, spend the night, play with children and lend their passion and expertise to help families get back on their feet. They prove that motivated people can solve family homelessness. And, in the process, they truly create “home” – and a community – for families who have no place left to turn.
A COMMUNITY RESPONSE
In every community, these core elements exist. By bringing the community together on the issue of family homelessness, Family Promise addresses a major social problem in a holistic, effective way. Once the community becomes engaged, people understand the root causes of family homelessness and take steps to address them. Family Promise Affiliates have created more than 1,700 community initiatives—housing programs, homelessness prevention, childcare and much more—that target the issues of poverty and homelessness on a local level.
A LONG-TERM SOLUTION
Not only does our 88% success rate mean many more families stably housed, it is also a tremendous cost saving to the community as diversion from far more expensive interventions. Our approach of keeping families together, identifying their strengths, and partnering with the community for solutions means that families are at much lower risk of returning to homelessness.
THE BOTTOM LINE
Family Promise changes lives. We served 126,000 parents and children last year, giving them the ability to realize their true potential. We also change the lives of our 200,000 volunteers, giving them a meaningful outreach right in their own communities.