Our mission is to help homeless and low-income families achieve sustainable independence. We recognize that poverty is a multifaceted problem that requires a multifaceted response. We respond by integrating educational outreach, smart programming, effective policies, and the hands-on work of thousands of volunteers. We provide food, shelter, and support services for homeless families. We provide advice and advocacy for at-risk families to prevent their becoming homeless. And we educate people about poverty and the means to combat it.
Family Promise Hosting
Thank you to everyone who helped with Family Promise in December. We served 4 families of 15 people (6 adults, 1 teenager, 5 kids, and 3 infants). Everyone was thankful for the delicious meals and treats that were delivered. NEW FOR 2023…. Look for upcoming changes! Family Promise will be using grant money through Second Harvest and working with Giant and food banks to purchase food for the families to cook on their own. Churches will still be asked to help with monetary donations and perhaps to sponsor food for a week or two. They are currently looking for volunteers to help coordinate this or to pick/up deliver groceries when needed. Volunteers can also schedule to come in and cook with the families. To all the Volunteers who have helped over the past many years, I sincerely say “Thank You!” I would love to hear from as many of you as possible as to how you feel about these changes, and how Ben Salem should proceed with our involvement to continue helping our local families in need. These suggestions will be passed on to the Mission Committee for further discussion.
Homelessness is most definitely part of our local community. I am so proud to have each one of you representing our Church and helping these families in whatever way we can. God's love shines through each and every one of you! There are still a few volunteer slots available. As always, monetary donations will be used to purchase items needed during the week.
Family Promise is a nonprofit 501(C)(3), non-denominational organization for families in transition. There are over 176 Networks in 39 states. There are over 5000 congregations and 120,000 volunteers making up these Networks. Additionally there are 53 more Networks developing.
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Family Promise of Carbon County PA
The Family Promise Network Program brings shelter, meals, and support services to families without homes. Family Promise Networks are a cost-efficient, effective, and replicable community response to family homelessness. Because they make use of existing community resources, they can be implemented quickly, without major start-up costs.