Partnering with churches helps family Promise build programs to help the homeless community get connected with resources to help them overcome their situation.
We have partnered with 22 churches in Lycoming county to help host our families and provide them with a safe, loving environment to sleep. Three or four times per year, our host congregations provide overnight lodging, meals, and hospitality for one week at a time. Each church has the opportunity to host four families or up to 14 people from 6 pm until 7 am the following morning.
These are some ways you can help:
A Day Center
Our volunteers are the lifeblood of our program. Volunteers provide a variety of services: cooking
and serving meals, playing with children or helping with homework, and staying overnight at host churches. Beyond these services, volunteers interact with the guests by treating them with respect and responding with compassion. We have opportunities for the whole family to volunteer on some level.
The Day Center
Each day guests are brought to our Day Center which provides a homelike atmosphere for our guests from 7AM to 6PM. The Day Center also doubles as the Family Promise office. Employed guests will go to work during the day, while others will work with our case manager, Jenny, in order to find jobs and housing. The Day center also has shower facilities as well as clothes washers and dryers for the guests to use. School aged children will be enrolled during the school year.
A Family Promise van and volunteer drivers will transport guests to and from the host congregation and the Day Center. We also help provide transportation to job interviews, housing searches, medical and dental appointments, and to social service agencies.
Since Family Promise is self-supporting, we are very open and maintain multiple avenues of funding the program. We will always accept donations (both material and monetary), grants, and fundraising opportunities. If you can support us in any of these ways, please contact us.
If you are interested in joining our network as a host or support network, please have your pastor/priest/clergy or coordinator contact us at (570) 567-7150.