PO Box 3701, Jersey City, NJ 07302 familypromisehudsonco@gmail.com (201) 448-1839

About Us


Family Promise addresses homelessness by utilizing the resources of volunteer congregations.

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.

HOW DOES IT WORK? 

  • Guests are at each Host Congregation for a week or two at a time. Guests typically leave the congregation around 7:30a.m. and return about 5:00 p.m. 
  • Each night, dinner (prepared offsite by volunteers) is served family style. Guests and volunteers share dinner together.
  • After dinner, volunteers have an opportunity to sit with families and play games, help with homework or carry on conversations.
  • Each night, adults turn in around 10:00 p.m. (with children at appropriate earlier bedtimes). Volunteers spend the night at the congregation; guests wake up approximately 6:00 a.m., with breakfast served not long afterwards.
  • During the day, guests are taken to the Day Center(transportation is provided). Children head to their home schools, and parents go to their jobs. If parents are not currently working, they work with the Director of the Day Center to seek employment, housing and other resources to help them regain their independence. The Day Center has bathrooms, showers, and other resources. 
  • Guests return to the Host Congregation and the cycle repeats.
  • On the Weekends:
  • Each Saturday, families enjoy breakfast and then go to the Day Center where they participate in typical weekend activities.
  • On Sundays, families are packed up prior to any Sunday services. They spend time at the Day Center until it is time to move to the next Host Congregation. Families may attend services at their own congregations or at the Host Congregation.
  • Guests typically stay for a maximum of 30 days.

 

HISTORY 

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.