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How Does Family Promise Work?
About four times a year – for one week at a time – a network of Host Congregations provide a place to sleep, meals (breakfast, bag lunch and supper), and hospitality. Hosting rotates among the Host Congregations in the Network, which provide lodging for four families (up to fourteen individuals).
Guests who do not have employment spend their days at our local Day Center from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. This is their home base of operation. Children get picked up for school, showers are taken, clothes washed, mail received, etc. The Executive Director’s office is at the Day Center. The Day Center is where the families receive intensive case management.
The strength of Family Promise is empowerment. It’s all about offering people the skills and encouragement to take responsibility for their lives – a hand up, not a hand out.
Homeless families in our community
- In a typical Family Promise host congregation over half of the guests are children, most under the age of six.
- According to the Florida Department of Children & Families Homeless Council Report (June 2013), there are 3,085 homeless children in Pinellas County. However there is always an issue with under-counting – parents fear their children will be taken away if they are homeless. It is believed there are closer to 4,200 homeless children in Pinellas County.
- Florida has among the highest number of homeless people in the country.
- Families are the fastest growing segment of the homeless population.
- Children with a stable home life get better grades in school, have fewer illnesses and less developmental problems.
- Children who experience homelessness are more likely to become homeless as adults.
An Innovative and Economical Model of Care
Family Promise works with homeless families to help them take the necessary steps toward lasting independence.
All Family Promise guest families receive:
- Overnight accommodations at a local congregation
- 3 meals a day
- Intensive case management
- Family Day Center with internet access, guest phone, laundry and showers
- Transportation assistance to school, work, etc.
- Social support and fellowship from volunteers
- Linkage with needed social and educational services
Triple Efficiency. Triple Impact.
The Family Promise model of care costs 1/3 less to operate than traditional shelters. Through the generosity
and dedication of our volunteers and local host congregations, every dollar donated is matched by more than $3 of in-kind goods and services.