Introduction to Family Promise
Family Promise is a beautiful service model that is being duplicated in communities all over the country where churches choose to share their facilities with homeless families from their community. The Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN) provide safe lodging, meals and most of all encouragement to families while they are going through a very difficult situation.
Interfaith Hospitality Networks are currently operating in 39 states and the District of Columbia, in large cities, suburbs, and rural counties. They mobilize community resources: houses of worship for lodging, congregations for volunteers, social service agencies for assessment and referrals, and existing facilities for day programs. This strategy enables networks to help homeless families achieve lasting independence at a third of the cost of traditional shelters.
Nationally, 80 percent of the families that IHNs serve go on to long-term housing. In 2007, Family Promise affiliates served more than 31,000 children and adults and involved more than 120,000 volunteers in 5,000 congregations.