Family Promise is a nonprofit organization committed to helping low-income families achieve lasting independence. Family Promise enables churches and volunteers to meet homeless families’ immediate needs for shelter, meals, and comprehensive support services.
We mobilize community resources:
- houses of worship for lodging,
- congregations for volunteers,
- social service agencies for assessment and referrals,
- and the Dream Center facility for day programs.
- This strategy enables Family Promise of Pickens County to help homeless families achieve lasting independence at a third of the cost of a traditional shelter.
Hosting rotates weekly among the 15 host congregations in our Network. In turn, each host congregation provides lodging, three meals daily, and hospitality.
- Our network hosts up to 4 families with a total of no more than 14 individuals at one time. We define family in many ways – a single parent with a child under 17 years of age; a parent, grandparent and child(ren), a grandparent with a child(ren); any legal guardian with a child(ren)
- Since we are hosting families in local congregations, we are very careful in selecting families that we believe will have the best success rate possible.
- Each family is given a background check and drug testing is performed.
- Extreme care is taken to insure that each family understands our guidelines and our families must sign a covenant that includes rules of conduct while in our program.
- Typically, families stay in our program anywhere from 1 month to 3 months, but we are flexible when a family is making progress and showing effort.
- Nationally, the success rate of FP is close to 80% – far greater than any other homeless agency in the US.
Guests use our local day center in Easley from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, where the our director, Armilla Moore, and our professional social worker, JoAnn Brink, provide case management services. There, our guests
- pursue employment,
- tend pre-school children,
- and do laundry.
- The day center provides guests with a mailing address and a base for housing and employment searches.
- Many guests are employed during the day, and older children attend school.
Volunteers are the heart of our program. They can share their time and talents in many ways, usually just for a few hours every three months.
- Just being there for children and their families, showing them compassion and respect, and sharing a sense of community
- Providing specialized services, like resume writing or financial counseling
- Staying overnight with guest families
- Playing with children and helping them with homework
- Cooking and serving meals
A Family Promise van transports guests to and from the day center.