Congregations provide space in their buildings to serve as temporary homes for homeless families. Each Family Promise affiliate also has a day center, where families can take showers, receive case management and look for housing and jobs. Family Promise relies on volunteers to give their time, making meals, sharing hospitality, spending the night, playing with children and lending their passion and expertise to help families get back on their feet.
On average, permanent or transitional housing is typically secured for 74% of families in less than nine weeks. In addition to helping families secure housing, Family Promise also provides a number of other services to families, including transportation, financial literacy, workforce development, legal assistance, health and wellness support, graduate support and prevention.
Displaced or homeless families should contact Garden State Episcopal at (201) 209-9301 or the homeless hotline at 211.
Family Promise was founded in 1988 in Summit, New Jersey. Today, Family Promise has more than 200 affiliates across 43 states. More than 6,000 congregations and 180,000 volunteers participate in Family Promise programming. In 2016, Family Promise served more than 67,000 individuals.