Filling the cracks
Family Promise was founded in in 1986 in Union County, grew branches in every New Jersey county and has spread to other states as well. It’s an interfaith network of churches that provides a 90-day lifeline to help families get back on their feet.
Here’s how it works: A rotation of churches house and feed families overnight. By day the families are headquartered at the day center, a house that provides computers, showers, a laundry room, a kitchen, a locker room, a play area for kids and transportation to and from the children’s home schools.
All the while, a case manager helps the parents find affordable housing, employment opportunities and whatever else is needed to get back into mainstream life.
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“Three out of four families that graduate from the program are able to find either permanent housing or transitional housing,” said Phil Welch, Family Promise of Monmouth County’s vice president and fund development chair.
The day center fills in the cracks with helpful items like toothpaste and toothbrushes, shampoo, towels, pillows and blankets. Plus it serves as a home address to put down on a resume or job application.