Family Promise is a cooperative effort that addresses the needs of homeless families by utilizing resources within local congregations and the community. Families in our program receive a full complement of resources and training as they work towards their own independence and self-sufficiency.
More than 150 individuals benefit from our work per year thanks to the generous support of the Lee County community. We rely on our dedicated and talented volunteers, individual supporters, congregations, businesses, foundations, and government funders to make our mission a reality.
The U.S. Conference of Mayors 2010 Status Report on Hunger and Homelessness cited unemployment as the #1 cause of homelessness. Family Promise of Lee County is the only local program for homeless families with a strong and comprehensive program focused on obtaining and retaining employment.
Residents, staff and trained volunteers work together to:
Develop job search, workplace and retention skills
Provide workplace internships to practice skills learned in the classroom
Provide individualized job search support
Assist individuals in successfully transitioning into the workplace
Provide support for individuals to keep their jobs in the first year after program completion
Staff members work with families to develop and improve life skills that are important for a family in successfully moving to self-sufficiency. These life skills include parenting, housekeeping, healthy living, stress management and computer skills.
For many homeless families, their difficulty with budgeting is a significant contributing factor leading to their homelessness. As a result, throughout their residency and even after they return to the community, families participate in ongoing programming about their own budgeting. Families prepare an individualized budget, attend financial literacy classes, and meet regularly with the case manager to be sure they are on track and living within their prepared budgets.
We work with families to:
Find safe, affordable housing
Negotiate with prospective landlords
Obtain furniture and appliances
Family Promise along with the guidelines of the McKinney Veto Act, transports children to and from the school they attended before becoming homeless. This avoids school transfers while in emergency housing, and provides academic and social stability during the crisis of homelessness.
Welcome Home Furnishings:
Volunteers collect and deliver gently used furnishings to families in their new homes, allowing them to save many of the costs generally associated with setting up an apartment.
Community Based Services:
Designed to support formerly homeless families for up to a year after they have returned to the community
Community based services include:
Home-based case management to address needs and assist families in accessing resources
Ongoing employment and housing support to assist families in dealing with issues and problems that may arise
Social and educational programs focused on strengthening the life skills developed while a resident at Family Promise of Lee County