“Homelessness takes many forms: families with children doubling up with relatives, sleeping in their cars, paying for motel stays, living in shelter. Tragically, the number of children and families experiencing homelessness is not abating. In its most recent report, the Department of Education identified 1.3 million children who were homeless at some point over the course of the school year. That does not include more than one million pre-K children, who are too young to be counted.” Claas Ehlers, CEO Family Promise National
“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, Family Promise National
Family Promise of Lawrence is one of more than 200 affiliates across the country as part of the National Family Promise Organization. In 2019 Family Promise National initiated a bold strategic plan:
With the issue of family homelessness remaining at crisis levels, Family Promise engaged in a strategic plan to change the future for 1,000,000 children by 2030.
You can read about the beginning of the Family Promise model on our National website:
Introduction to Family Promise of Lawrence:
FPL was established in Lawrence, KS in 2008. We welcomed our first family in the fall of that year and have grown our services and programs to meet the needs in Lawrence and Douglas County. From our the fall of 2008 until spring of 2021, we have served nearly 1000 local families in our programs.
Our mission is to serve children and families who are in a situation of homelessness, or who are precariously housed, get back to permanent sustainable housing as promptly as possible. We have programs that expand a continuum of services.
Prevention – Diversion – Shelter – Stabilization