Family Promise of Greater Houston County
A mother loses her job, a father is kept from working by an injury, a family is forced from their home by fire or natural disaster. Healthcare costs soar, public transportation is underfunded, affordable housing is almost impossible to find. These are the reasons why families now make up 40 percent of the homeless population, and why one out of every four homeless people is a child.
In response to this crisis, the Family Promise Network brings various faith communities together to help families regain their housing, their independence, and their dignity. FPGHC is a collaborative partnership of congregations within our community helping families with infants, toddlers, and children in our schools who are facing homelessness. This proven hospitality program offers a rewarding opportunity for volunteers of all faiths, ages, and abilities to be active in transforming lives. Congregations provide food, housing and support while a social worker provides direction at a Day Center allowing families to have a permanent address and access to phones, computers, the internet, and other resources for job searches and resource exploration.
The Houston County School system identified over 310 homeless students during the 2011-2012 school year and national statistics indicate for every homeless child in school there are 1.5 pre-schoolers. There are fewer than 100 shelter beds for homeless people in Houston County, none where an entire family can remain together, and most have a limit on the time people can stay. Because Family Promise combines housing and services, nationwide, an average of 80% of the families who participate in Family Promise programs find permanent housing.
We are excited to have 20 churches in Houston County on board thus far. Our Day Center has been renovated and is being outfitted for the many activities that will occur there. Please check out our website for photos of churches involved, the Day Center, and our many activities. www.familypromisehoustonco.org