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Volunteer with Family Promise: Building Communities, Strengthening Lives

"We're all doing so much, so fast, so much of the time-that it gives you the chance to stop and look at what's important. It really brings it home to you. There are so many things we take for granted-things like home cooked meals or a safe place to sleep. By volunteering at IHN, we get to see first hand what a difference these things make in the lives of others, and we learn to appreciate them all over again."—Mary Lu Barth, Volunteer, Ann Arbor IHN

About Family Promise

Family Promise Mission: to help homeless and low-income families achieve sustainable independence.

Family Promise Vision: a nation in which every family has a home, a livelihood, and the chance to build a better future together.

Family Promise recognizes that poverty is a multifaceted problem that requires a multifaceted response. They respond by integrating educational outreach, smart programming, effective policies, and the hands-on work of thousands of volunteers. They provide food, shelter, and support services for homeless families. They provide advice and advocacy for at-risk families to prevent their becoming homeless. And, they educate people about poverty and the means to combat it.

They accomplish their work through independent Affiliates in 41 states (and counting). They work community-by-community, guided by experts...the people who live there and know it best. At the heart of each Affiliate is an Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN). The IHN marshals existing local resources to provide for homeless families as they work to get back on their feet. These resources include available congregational spaces, donated goods, and—most importantly—volunteers.

Today, they mobilize more than 135,000 volunteers from coast to coast in their commitment to building communities, strengthening lives.

Their Affiliates are nonsectarian. They welcome all clients. Their volunteers come from diverse backgrounds and represent nearly every faith in the United States.

Since their founding more than twenty years ago, they have served more than 350,000 people, including tens of thousands of homeless families who found temporary homes at our Affiliates. Most of their clients are children.

Their proven approach has helped nearly 80 percent of clients secure housing.

(To find an affiliate near you, visit Family Promise, scroll down, and on the ride hand side you will find a search menu entitled "Find An Affiliate Near You." From there you will be able search through the state listing)

(Fun Fact: There are @200 UU churches involved with Family Promise nationwide!)

Volunteer Opportunities

Every day, Family Promise connects people who want to help with opportunities to make a difference. Their volunteers give of their time and talent in so many ways to help homeless and low-income families regain the dignity and independence they deserve.

Family Promise offers many meaningful opportunities for volunteers. Prepare a meal. Read a story to a toddler. Help write a résumé. Donate furniture, clothes, supplies. Or just offer compassion and support. Our Interfaith Hospitality Networks offer so many ways to get involved.

Volunteers can serve any time throughout the year, and while there are no costs attached to volunteering, volunteers are required to engage in a training before they begin working in any congregation.

For more information, visit the Family Promise website, or feel free to contact them during regular business hours. They have a Facebook page, that you may be interested in visiting, as well.

“There is no doubt that it is around the family and the home that all the greatest virtues, the most dominating virtues of human society, are created, strengthened and maintained”—Winston Churchill

This work is made possible by the generosity of individual donors and congregations. Please consider making a donation today.

Last updated on Wednesday, August 24, 2011.

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