Family Promise

In the United States today, one child out of six lives in poverty. Families with children make up 35% of the people in this country who experience homelessness.
MISSION: To help homeless and low-income families achieve sustainable independence through a community-based response.
VISION: A nation in which every family has a home, a livelihood and the chance to build a better future.
TACKLING THE PROBLEM OF POVERTY: Poverty is a complex problem. It won’t yield to a simple solution. It requires an integrated approach that reaches beyond immediate needs. Family Promise initiates coordinated local efforts that bring communities together to help homeless families regain their housing, their independence and their dignity.
PROVIDING A WAY TO HELP: Americans are a compassionate people. Enormous numbers of people would help their neighbors in need if they had a way to help. Family Promise brings people in need together with people who want to help. We provide the framework that turns compassion into action.
EMPOWERING COMPASSIONATE INDIVIDUALS: The issue can seem overwhelming and individuals may feel powerless to change the lives of people in poverty. As Family Promise volunteers, more than 200,000 people have found a way.
Working together, they provide temporary housing, meals, and services to more than 125,000 family members annually. They mentor at-risk families. They teach financial literacy. They help find jobs and affordable housing. They create programs to meet specific needs in their communities. And they advocate for public policies that alleviate poverty and promote the economic stability of low-income families.
Due to the increase in services and clients in each program, planning for a new building became crucial in 1995. Property was purchased and by spring of 1997, the lot had been cleared, graded and final changes to the plans made. In spring 1998 all programs moved into the new facility at 701 Whitfield Street. In 2007 the Find-A-Friend program moved into the Lions Club building at 725 W. Rowan St.
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