How It Works
overnight lodging, meals and
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.