Interfaith Hospitality Network
Our “Interfaith Hospitality Network” Program offers shelter, meals, and support services to homeless families. Instead of sleeping on the streets, we provide warm, safe housing in local churches. This program is 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. Support Congregations provide much needed volunteers, supplies and finances. Meanwhile, Advocate Congregations assist us with projects, fundraising, expanding awareness, and advocacy. Together we ensure that all the dynamic needs of homeless families are provided for.
Resource Center: Guests use our local Resource Center, donated by Grace Fellowship, where the Family Promise staff provide intensive case management services. Guests pursue employment, housing, education and are able to 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, making sure families stay together on their journey toward a brighter future.
Transportation: 70% of homeless families do not have transportation, which can be a serious setback as guests search for employment. Family Promise of Brevard provides daily transportation for guests to and from the Resource Center and our Host Congregations through Shirley’s Shuttle.
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! They provide a wide range of services at our host sites, such as cooking and serving meals, interacting with guests and building lasting relationships.
Partnerships: We work closely with community partners to connect our guests to housing, healthcare, employment, and other needed resources, like household goods.