The Family Promise of Brevard “Interfaith Hospitality Network” Program brings shelter, meals, and support services to families without homes. Our programs are a cost-efficient, effective, and replicable community response to family homelessness. There are six basic components to a Network Program.
Host/Support/Advocate Congregations: The hosting of families rotates weekly among the Host Congregations in the Network. In turn, each host congregation provides lodging, three meals a day, and caring hospitality 4 times a year. The Support Congregations provide much needed volunteers, supplies and finances when needed. The Advocate Congregations assist us with projects, fundraising, expanding awareness, and advocacy.
Resource Center: Guests use our local Resource Center, donated by Grace Fellowship, from 7:30 AM to 5:00 PM, where the Family Promise staff provides intensive case management services. There, our guests pursue employment, housing, education, shower, and do laundry. The Resource Center provides guests with a mailing address and a base for housing and employment searches. Guests are employed during the day and children attend school or daycare.
Transportation: Since roughly 80% of our families do not have transportation, Family Promise of Brevard provides daily transportation for guests to and from the Resource Center and our Host Congregations through Shirley’s Shuttle. The shuttle also transports our rollaway beds and luggage to the next Host Congregation every Sunday morning.
Fundraising: The organization is financed through donations, grants and fundraising efforts. Contributions help us provide homeless families with safe shelter, nutritious meals and the comprehensive support necessary for a more promising future.
Volunteers: Volunteers are essential to our success and provide a wide range of services at our host sites, like cooking and serving meals, interacting with guests with respect and compassion; and providing direct services and support to our Resource Center operations.
Partnerships: Local Brevard Homeless Coalition partners refer families to the Network and we work closely with community partners to connect our guests to housing, healthcare, employment, and other needed resources, like household goods.