“We bring people in need together with people who want to help. We provide the framework that turns compassion into action.”
Family Promise of Brevard, Inc. is a 501 (C)(3)non-profit organization whose mission is to address homelessness in our community – one family at a time. Through our Interfaith Hospitality Network of congregations and community collaborations, we offer viable solutions to ending and preventing family homelessness in Brevard County. Our goal is to strengthen our community by helping homeless families with children remain intact while they transition toward self-sufficiency.
Family Promise of Brevard, Inc. is one of 206 affiliates in 41 states and Washington D.C. of the national organization Family Promise, which was founded in 1986 by Karen Olsen, and is headquartered in Summit, New Jersey. Family Promise of Brevard originated out of Palm Bay in 2007, and became operational on September 29, 2013, initiating our first program, the ‘Interfaith Hospitality Network’, to provide emergency shelter to homeless families through a network of local congregations. In 2015, we formalized our second program, “Keeping the Promise”, to ensure that once a family is housed, that they remain housed, through community based case management services focused on housing stabilization. Our third program, the HAND UP Initiative in collaboration with the Sharing Center of Central Brevard and the Brevard Homeless Coalition, focuses on preventing/diverting homelessness before it begins.
We recognize the solution for solving family homelessness is through a holistic and collaborative approach, which is why we are so involved in coordinating a county-wide response to ending homelessness. We partner with existing community resources to meet our families’ emergent need for housing and support to ensure we are not duplicating our efforts.
Our most important collaborations are with our families. While in our network, families stay together in a safe and stable environment during their period of transition. Since parents don’t have to worry about where they are going to find the next meal for their children or where they will stay each evening, they can focus their efforts towards addressing and alleviating the barriers to obtaining housing and to being together as a family. Once housed, families are partners in creating their stabilization plan and coached to navigate resources to meet their families’ needs.
Our current network consists of three full time paid positions, Executive Director, Program Services Coordinator and Family Services Specialist, and two part time, HAND UP Navigator and Administrative Coordinator. This, along with utilizing in-kind existing resources through our partner congregations and volunteers, makes us also systematically effective at combating family homelessness.
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P.O. Box 562666
Rockledge, FL 32956-2666