People often ask us, Is Family Promise a Homeless Shelter? We are, and so much more!
Thirty years ago, the Interfaith Hospitality Network began with a shelter program. Over time, the organization grew, adding new affiliates and new programs for low-income families and families experiencing homelessness.
In 2003, the Network changed their name to Family Promise, in order to better reflect their broadening scope. The name was chosen to speak to the promise we make to every family we serve, as well as the promise that is inherent in every family.
Our model comprises preventative initiatives for families who are in danger of losing their homes, food, shelter, case management to those who are experiencing homelessness, and stabilization programs to ensure sustainable independence of the families who have secured housing after graduating our programs.
In 2009, Family Promise of Southern Ocean County opened its doors and has grown to 21 host congregations, over 200 volunteers, and 4 main programs. Our programs address not just daily shelter, homelessness prevention, graduate support, and referrals for all in need.
Today, Family Promise is the leading national organization addressing family homelessness.