The Model:

The Family Promise of Lawrence model for addressing the issue of family homelessness uses a series of local communities of faith who practice the lost art of hospitality to the stranger. Every night of the year, the families in the rotational portion of the program are housed in one of 13 different communities of faith. The congregations turn their space into comfortable, private accommodations for the 4 – 5 families in the rotation. Meals are shared, stories are shared, relationships are built and hope begins to be restored.

The Schedule:

  • 5:30 PM: The families leave the Day Center together in the Family Promise van and are transported to the hosting congregation.
  • 6:00 PM: Dinner is served, followed by various activities: crafts, family cook night, games, movies, etc. One night each week, Family Promise provides a Strengthening Families Group.
  • 10:00 PM: Curfew. All guests need to be in their rooms.
  • 6:30 AM: The families leave the host congregation in the Family Promise van, after a quick grab and go breakfast, and sack lunch.  They are transported back to the Day Center. From the Day Center, parents get kids to school, and head to work, if employed, or work on finding employment and fill out job applications.  The Day Center is where most Case Management meetings occur and where families can work with staff towards their family goals.

This schedule goes on each day of the year, including all holidays. It’s a pretty difficult schedule program, but it works.