Family Promise now has over 200 affiliates in the US in 43 states and has been in existence for over 30 years. There are presently 180,000 volunteers working with Family Promise today from the communities served. The web site greaterportlandfamiypromise.org has a wealth of information on the organization and how through the volunteers and churches families have transformed from homelessness to permanent housing. (74% of those served find housing in less than 9 weeks) Family Promise is not just a program that provides safe shelter for families, but has a full-time day program, located in Portland, working with families to find permanent housing, jobs, education, and health programs to insure these families become successful in their communities.
As a host church we will have Family Promise providing volunteers from other churches in the community that want to participate, but do not have the facilities. Our church would provide four rooms in the lower level of the education building, breakfast and dinner for up to 14 guests. Food for the families to make bag lunches to take with them will need to be provided as well. Being a volunteer could mean providing a dish for dinner, serving the meals, staying overnight, washing the linens at the end of the week, serving breakfast in the morning or just making a contribution to this effort.