Volunteers are the heart of each Family Promise Affiliate. Our 180,000 dedicated volunteers help us provide emergency shelter, meals and other assistance to homeless families for about one-third the cost of traditional shelters. Family Promise keeps families together and provides them with a safe, supportive and home-like environment. But our volunteers do so much more. They become a personal support system to homeless families in the network. They share contacts for jobs and housing, help write resumes and prepare for job interviews, donate clothing and furniture, and subsidize security deposits. These supportive relationships often continue after families leave the network. Because of the involvement and dedication of our volunteers, more than 75 percent of the families we have assisted have found permanent homes.
Family Promise has two constituencies. Families in need, to be sure, but we also present the opportunity for compassionate Americans to make a difference in their own communities. We offer a wide range of volunteer activities to fit varying schedules and levels of commitment. And our program allows families to volunteer together, from grandparents to young children.
“I feel blessed to be a part of the program. I’ve had the opportunity to get to know people and have come to realize that we have more in common than not. When you know people, eat with them, and hug them when they leave, it makes real the problems people face. Issues such as job loss, poverty, and homelessness become very personal.”
Volunteer Coordinator, Grand Rapids, MI