Our shelter program and warm hospitality are the foundation of the Family Promise model.
We provide temporary shelter for families with minor children that are experiencing homelessness. We utilize The Bridge (formerly Cooleemee UMC) to provide shelter space for two families at a time. This space has two private family rooms, a kitchen, multiple bathrooms, and a common room.
Families enrolled in our shelter program meet regularly with our case manager to address challenges, achieve goals, and plan for long-term independence.
On average, 94% of the people served in our Shelter and Transitional Housing programs secure housing within 12 weeks. 90% of those families are still house one year later.
A COMMUNITY RESPONSE
By bringing the community together on the issue of family homelessness, Family Promise addresses a major social problem in a holistic, effective way. Once the community becomes engaged, people understand the root causes of family homelessness and take steps to address them. Family Promise has created multiple community initiatives—housing programs, homelessness prevention, financial literacy training, and much more—that target the issues of poverty and homelessness in Davie County.
A LONG-TERM SOLUTION
Not only does our 90% success rate mean many more families stably housed, it is also a tremendous cost saving to the community as diversion from far more expensive interventions. Our approach of keeping families together, identifying their strengths, and partnering with the community for solutions means that families are at much lower risk of returning to homelessness.
THE BOTTOM LINE
Family Promise changes lives. We served over 1,000 parents and children since opening our doors, giving them the ability to realize their true potential. We also change the lives of our 600 volunteers, giving them a meaningful outreach right in their own community.