Family Promise needs congregations to open their doors to host families in transition, one week at a time, a total of four times a year. Volunteers can help at congregation sites, provide services or participate in special projects. By sharing the community response, we all become engaged and part of the solution.

Please contact John or Diane Baggett, our Congregational Growth Chairs, at or to schedule a tour or set up a presentation. Please go to our volunteer tab to learn more about ways to volunteer, either at one of our host congregations or at our Resource Center.


Houses for Change is an award-winning educational crafts project to raise awareness of homelessness, while raising funds to combat homelessness. The program was created by long-time Family Promise volunteer Mark Wasserman to engage youth in the issue of family homelessness and to teach kids the values of compassion, charity and saving-values that will last a life time.

Using art supplies, children decorate pre-ordered house-shaped cardboard boxes to look like a house. Participants take their boxes home and in the following weeks fill them with change. The program emphasizes children with homes helping children without, and is easily adapted to any youth group, school group, congregation, or service-related project.

Last fall, Manatee Elementary School chose the ‘Houses for Change’ campaign, raising over $2,300 dollars for Brevard County families. Click here to learn how to organize your own Houses for Change collection box project with children at your congregation, school, or youth group. Please contact Tara Pagliarini, 321-209-3391 or for more information about this program.



When families graduate into housing, they often need the very basic necessities to get started. Our hope is to send every family into their new home with a ‘welcome home basket’. Baskets can be assembled and brought to our Resource Center, or funds can be donated to create the basket. We estimate that each basket costs roughly $100.


Welcome Home Basket Contents: (assembled in a laundry basket)

Laundry basket

Laundry detergent

Set of bath towels

Toilet paper

Paper towels

Hand soap

Dish soap

Trash bags

Kitchen hand towel

Storage bags

Cleaning supplies

Set of silverware, dishes and glasses for 4.

Set of sheets

Pot, frying pan, pot holder, and basic cooking utensils


When our families enter our shelter, they often come with few personal belongings and need supplies to meet their basic needs. Items can be purchased off of the list below and brought to our Resource Center. Items range from $1 to $100 (new) and some items can be donated used. All items make a significant impact for a family in crisis.



Diapers (all sizes)


Diaper bags

Car seats, booster seats


Medical kit contents for adults/children

New pillows



Toiletries (shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste/toothbrush, razors, soap)

Feminine hygiene products

Socks/underwear for adults/children

Gift cards for special occasions (birthdays, holidays, graduation)


Our families often need specific items for school or work, like a back to school list, new work boots, glasses, or a bike to get to and from a place of employment. Check back to view this list to see if you, your group or congregation can help with the request.





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