Each Family Promise begins through the creation of a rotational shelter network- congregations and organizations coming together to provide shelter for homeless children and their families. It’s a simple model that allows congregations and organizations small and large to make a modest, yet meaningful impact.
Here are the basics components of the model:
13 host congregations provide overnight accommodations (from 5:30pm to 7am) and meals to families (up to fourteen people) on a rotating schedule. With 13 host congregations/organizations, each one hosts families just 4 weeks per year.
Local agencies assess and refer guests to the program and work with the Director to coordinate needed services for guest families.
About 50 volunteer slots during each host week. A primary coordinator, working with one to three assistant coordinators, oversees the program within each congregation.
26 support congregations will partner with hosts to provide additional volunteers during hosting weeks. That means each host will have two partners.
During the day, our Family Day Centers in NE Portland become a family’s “home base”. Our case manager works with the families to meet their basic needs, connect with community resources, and accomplish their employment and housing goals.
Each Affiliate is its own 501c3 and fundraises organizational expenses including but not limited to: staff salary (usually at least 1.5 FTE at program start), insurances, licensing fees, general supplies, transportation, etc.