An Effective and Economical Model of Care
Families experiencing homelessness in Hendricks County each have a unique set of needs. Once the crisis is stabilized, our family advocates provide intense, individualized case management to help them take the necessary steps toward lasting stability.Family Promise serves only children and their parents/caregiver. Our capacity is 3 families at a time, usually staying with us for 2-3 months. We also provide support services to an additional 5 families. In a year, we house serve around 30 families and answer 100s of crisis calls.All Family Promise families receive:
- Overnight accommodations at a local congregation
- 3 meals a day for families in the program
- Daily case management with Family Advocates
- Resource Center with internet access, guest phone, laundry and showers
- Transportation assistance to school, work, job interviews and appointments.
- Support and encouragement from volunteers and staff
- Linkage with needed social and educational services and public assistance.
The Model in Action
RESOURCE CENTER – Family Promise of Hendricks County families are at one place during the day and another place at night. During the day, our Resource Center is open to our families. There, families can shower, do laundry, access and computers and phones as well take part in our life-skill courses. School-aged children are transported to and from school at the Resource Center. Children do not need to switch schools while with Family Promise of Hendricks County. The child’s school district will work with your family to make sure the child’s transportation needs are met.
HOST CONGREGATIONS – During the evening and overnight hours, guest families are at a host church or organization, with volunteers. Our families are not required to have a faith or religious affiliation. Our network of churches encompasses several denominations and worship is not required. While we work with the faith community, we are not faith-based. All of the guest families go to the same host church, but each family has their own room and each person has their own bed. Transportation to and from the host church is provided. At the host church, families eat dinner in a community setting with volunteers and other guest families. The host also provides breakfast, lunch and snack foods for families. Our network stretches across Hendricks County to 25 host and support churches. We are a new church each week.
STABLITY – The focus of Family Promise is to provide all the necessary skills and support for families to move quickly from homeless to sustainable, stable housing.