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Family Promise of Linn County, Inc. (FPLC) is a nonprofit and non-denominational organization for families in transition. Part of a national network, FPLC is one of over 163 Networks across the United States. There are over 5000 congregations and 160,000 volunteers making up these Networks. Based on the support of volunteers and Host Congregations, Family PromiseĀ® programs are funded by donations, grants, and fundraising opportunities. More information can be obtained by visiting www.familypromise.org

Why Family Promise?

How It Works

Host Congregations provide overnight lodging, meals and hospitality. Hosting rotates among the eight to thirteen Host Congregations, four to six times a year, for one week, providing lodging for three to five families from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. the next morning.

Volunteers
are the heart of the Network; without them, it cannot exist. Volunteers provide a variety of services: cooking and serving meals, playing with children or helping them with homework, and staying overnight. Beyond providing lodging and meals, volunteers interact with the guests, treating them with respect and responding with compassion.

Local social service agencies refer families to the Network. The agencies may also help guests find housing, jobs, and other services. Since Family Promise is primarily comprised of volunteers, the social service agencies help assess potential guest families for active substance abuse, domestic violence or psychiatric problems.

The day center provides guests with a mailing address and a home base from which to conduct their housing and employment searches. It operates from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. for guests to shower and care for pre-school children.

Transportation is provided for guests to and from the day center. The van carries bedding and luggage to the next HostCongregation.






Our mission is to help homeless and low-income families achieve sustainable independence through compassionate care, hospitality and professional support.

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