Family Promise

Family PromiseThe Overnight Shelter Program is a traditional, faith-based program that operates in area congregations and continues to provide food, shelter and hospitality to families in need.  Over fifty area churches and synagogues currently partner to host and support efforts to provide temporary housing for our families, which is truly a cost-effective mobilization of community resources.  Seventy-five to eighty percent of families exit this program to stable housing, either employed or with income supports if disabled and securely linked to supportive and follow-up services.

We encourage you to watch the video in the link below for more information on how this program helps families:

Family Promise video

Volunteer Opportunites

During the week of July 21-27 First-Centenary will re-launch our partnership with Family Promise (formally Interfaith Hospitality Network) to host homeless families in our church building.  We are serving as coordinators and are looking for volunteers who can provide meals, join families during meals, stay overnight, and assist in setup/clean up.

We are looking for four types of volunteers:

  1. Evening Meals - Provide a meal for the families staying at the church.  Typically 3-4 families.   
  2. Evening Hosts (can be the same person that brings meals) - Stay with the families at the church during the dinner and evening hours until Overnight Hosts arrive.     
  3. Overnight Hosts - Spend the night at the church with the families (in your own room), make sure breakfast is out and they are up and on the bus by 6:30 a.m.  
  4. Donate food/supplies.

There's an easy way to sign up for the different opportunities through Sign Up Genius.    Follow the link below and find your place to volunteer.   

Volunteer for Family Promise

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