How You Can Help
Become a network congregation or volunteer:
Family Promise needs congregations to open their doors to host families in transition, one week at a time, a total of four or less 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 our office at 321-209-3391 to schedule a tour or set up a presentation. Please go to our volunteer page to learn more about ways to volunteer, either at one of our host congregations or at our Resource Center.
Houses for change:
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.
In 2014, 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 email@example.com 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
Resource center wish list:
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.
$1-$20: Afterschool snacks for our school aged children. Prefer individually wrapped. Examples: crackers, goldfish, pretzels, granola bars, cereal bars.
$1-$20: Ready to eat items for Sundays when our families are transitioning from one congregation to the next. Examples: express mac n’cheese, raviolis, soup, protein bars.
$20: Adult backpacks/lunchboxes for our parents to take with them to work or on the bus.
$278: Renew Annual Zoo Passes for our families to use while in our program over the weekends and on holidays. Please click here if interested in donating this item.
$500: Funds will cover 38 bus passes for our aftercare program for our families who have recently moved into housing and still need a little support as they are increasing self-sufficiency. Please click here if interested in donating this item.