Community Initiative

Family Promise understands the needs of vulnerable families. So, we offer innovative programs — such as tenancy preparation, financial literacy, and virtual career pathway training — to address them in a cost-effective, targeted approach.

 

HOUSING. CHILDCARE. TRANSPORTATION. EDUCATION.

COVID UPDATE

In response to the most recent reports on the increase of COVID cases, Family Promise Mat-Su is conducting services via email, phone, zoom, and drop-off only.  The families living in our transitional housing program have been housemates since mid-October and are all COVID symptom free.  We have two other families in hotels, waiting to enter when space becomes available.  Quarantine, isolation, mask wearing, washing hands, social distancing, and sanitizing protocols are being followed daily, minimizing the chances of spreading germs.  Staff works from home as a general rule, but coordinate alternate times when needing to stop by the office.  Currently, we are serving 4 adults and 14 children.  Since March we have served 12 families including 13 children and 5 adults.  We will continue to help homeless and low-income families achieve sustainable independence in the coming months with assistance from our funders and donors like all of you.  Thank you for your support!

All of these issues—and many others—are part of the myriad causes of family homelessness. As volunteers engage in the Family Promise program,they realize if they can address these challenges, they can serve more people more effectively.

Community Initiatives include a wide array of programs. Some get to the heart of core needs, such as childcare and job training, families face in order to regain self-sufficiency. Other initiatives find ways to match the strengths of local volunteers and the interests of local corporations with the needs of our guests, like financial literacy. Similarly, many initiatives build off core tenets of the Family Promise Program itself, leading to efforts like food assistance, furniture and clothing donation and health, and wellness programs.

Probably no community initiative is more vital or more involved than the many housing programs Affiliates run: transitional, supportive and permanent housing programs. More than 100 Affiliates have some kind of housing program and cumulatively provide more than 2,000 beds.

Key to these programs is the other most widespread initiative —post-shelter extended support. The underlying causes of homelessness are not alleviated simply by providing housing, as crucial as that is. The immense variety of services provided, from family mentoring to case management, ensures that families do not slip back into homelessness so that the changes Family Promise has made are enduring.

The key is that the solutions exist right in the community. Congregations convert an old rectory to transitional housing. Affiliates partner with civic groups to create childcare. Volunteers supply families with good quality vehicles—often the one element they may need to stay out of homelessness.

Since 1988, more than 1,700 initiatives have been developed, matching local needs with local resources. Community initiatives are a testament to the compassion—and the innovation—of Family Promise volunteers.

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