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COMMUNITY INITIATIVES

Because Family Promise understands the needs of vulnerable families,

we offer innovative programs — home management, financial literacy,

employment support, etc. — as crucial components of all that we do.

HOUSING. CHILDCARE. TRANSPORTATION. EDUCATION.

All of these issues—and many others—are part of the myriad causes of

family homelessness. As volunteers engage in the Family Promise program,

they realize if they can address these challenges, they can serve more effectively.

Community Initiatives include a wide array of programs.

Some get to the heart of core needs, such as childcare and job training

that families must address in order to regain self-sufficiency.

Other initiatives find ways to match the strengths of local volunteers and

the interests of local corporations with the needs of our guests, like financial literacy.

Many initiatives build off the Family Promise Program itself,

leading to efforts like food assistance, furniture and clothing donations and

health, and wellness programs.

Probably no community initiative is more vital or more involved than

the many housing programs Affiliates operate. By providing transitional, supportive and/or permanent housing programs, more than 100 Affiliates that offer

housing services have acumulatively provided more than 2,000 beds for families with children experiencing homelessness across the country.

Key to these programs is the other most widespread initiative ...

post-shelter extended support.

The underlying causes of homelessness are not alleviated simply by

providing housing, as crucial as that is. The immense variety of services provided,

from family mentoring to case management, ensures that families do not slip back into homelessness so that the changes Family Promise has made are enduring.

The key is that the solutions exist right in the community.

Congregations convert an empty to transitional housing.

Affiliates partner with civic groups to create childcare.

Volunteers supply families with good quality vehicles—often the one of the

critical elements they need to stay out of homelessness.

Since 1988, more than 1,700 initiatives have been developed,

matching local needs with local resources.

Community initiatives are a testament to the compassion

and the innovation of Family Promise volunteers.

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