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Family Promise

(Formerly Interfaith Hospitality Network)

A mother loses her job, a father is kept from working by an injury, a family is forced from their home by fire or natural disaster.  Healthcare costs soar, public transportation is underfunded, affordable housing is almost impossible to find.  These are the reasons why families now make up 40 percent of the homeless population, and why one out of every four homeless people is a child.

In response to this crisis, the Family Promise Network brings various faith communities together to help families regain their housing, their independence, and their dignity.  FPGHC is a collaborative partnership of congregations within our community helping families with infants, toddlers, and children in our schools who are facing homelessness.  This proven hospitality program offers a rewarding opportunity for volunteers of all faiths, ages, and abilities to be active in transforming lives.

Family Promise of Greater Houston County, Inc. (FPGHC) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3), non- denominational organization for families in transition and part of a national organization founded in 1986.

The Family Promise Network Program provides shelter, meals, and support services to families without homes through a network of local congregations. There are five basic components to a Network Program.

1. Congregations : The hosting of families rotates weekly among Host Congregations in the Network. In turn, each host congregation provides lodging, three meals a day, and caring hospitality 3-4 times a year. Support Congregations assist the Network by providing regular volunteers and funds.

2. Day Center: Family Promise provides a day center for the use of guests from 7:30 AM to 5:00 PM, where a professional social worker provides case management services. There, guests pursue employment, care for pre-school children, shower, and do laundry.

3. Transportation: The Network Van transports guests to and from the Day Center and to other needed appointments.

4. Volunteers: Volunteers are essential to our success and provide a wide range of services like cooking and serving meals, playing with children or helping them with homework, interacting with guests with respect and compassion, and providing overnight security.

5. Fundraising: The organization is financed through donations, grants, and fundraising events.