What We Do
What is Family Promise?
Family Promise is committed to helping low-income families nationwide to achieve lasting independence. We do this by helping communities mobilize to provide safe shelter, meals, and support services for homeless families and through programs designed to redress the underlying causes of homelessness.
Family Promise was founded on the belief that Americans are compassionate people who want to make a difference. Our promise has been to link those in need with those who want to help. Twenty years and 180,000 volunteers later, our pledge is ever broader and deeper.
We work to accomplish our mission through four program areas:
Interfaith Hospitality Networks (IHNs) provide shelter, meals, and comprehensive support services to homeless families.
Family Mentoring helps prevent homelessness by training volunteers to be advisors and advocates to low-income families.
Just Neighbors, an interactive educational program, raises awareness of the root causes of poverty and homelessness as the first step in establishing community-based responses.
Community Initiatives foster local IHN outgrowth programs, such as transitional housing, job training, childcare, and literacy.
Why is Family Promise of Monroe County Needed?
• The average age of a homeless person in the United States is 9 years old.
• The United States had 744,000 homeless people in 2005 - 41% were families.
• Nationally a lack of affordable housing was the leading cause of homelessness.
• In the last 12 to 18 months the homeless population in PA has exploded.
• There are limited shelters for homeless families in Monroe County.
Family Promise of Monroe County provides safe shelter, meals, and support services for homeless families with children through a collaborative network of local congregations.