Our mission is to transform the lives of homeless children and their families by providing safe shelter, food, counseling, and training in partnership with local communities of faith through hospitality and daily living support in a compassionate setting. The program is designed to address the needs of families and equip them to move into permanent housing as quickly as possible.
“It’s simply astounding to see what happens when compassionate volunteers work together to help their neighbors in need. Over and over again, I see how families become empowered, and communities are transformed.”
Karen Olson, Founder & President, National Family Promise
The success of the first Networks led other congregations to seek help in developing similar programs. To date, the national organization now called Family Promise has established 174 affiliates in 41 states, using the services of more than 150,000 volunteers and 5,500 congregations.
The IHNs provide shelter, meals, and housing and job placement support to more than 49,000 homeless family members annually, 60 percent of them children.
Witnessing firsthand the obstacles that low-income families face, Family Promise leaders and volunteers have been motivated to do more. Affiliates have seized the initiative to create additional community programs, such as housing renovation, job training, and healthcare programs.
As a way of helping at-risk families avoid homelessness, Family Promise began training volunteers to advise and mentor families, helping them achieve and maintain self-sufficiency.
To foster a greater understanding of the root causes of homelessness, Family Promise launched the Just Neighbors educational curriculum.
And although 41 states and 150,000 volunteers now define the breadth and depth of the organization, Karen’s mandate remains in place…if you can strengthen one family you can strengthen a nation.