Programs

Emergency Shelter Program

 The Emergency Shelter Program is the only shelter program for families with minor children in Monmouth County. FPMC provides immediate access to families facing a housing crisis who fall below the federal poverty guidelines. We have expanded to offer more comprehensive programming such as; intensive case management and follow-up, resume writing/interviewing skills, financial literacy training and basic life skills to increase self-sufficiency. FPMC continuously strives to measure performance in order to improve outcomes for Monmouth County children and families. Our families receive emergency shelter, clothing, three home-cooked meals & nutritional snacks daily, transportation to/from doctor’s appointments, social service appointments, and job interviews. 
 
Our shelter network consists of 15 host congregations who house our guests for one week at a time on a rotating basis.  The host congregations give our families their own private spaces for sleeping.  Most set up a “community room” in which the families can congregate to play, watch movies or just chat.  Each congregation provides home-cooked meals to our guests. Breakfast is served in the morning along with nutritional snacks and lunch. The guests are served family-style dinner in the evenings.  All of the cooking is done by the many wonderful volunteers who generously give of their time and resources to help our guests feel more at home. Guests are also encouraged to prepare meals in the Day Center’s full-service kitchen. Finally, every Friday night, our guests dine at JBJ Soul Kitchen in Red Bank  and experience community dining with dignity

Food

Each congregation provides meals to Family Promise of Monmouth County guests.  The guests get dinner in the evening approximately a half hour after they arrive at the congregation.  Breakfast is served in the morning and the congregations provide food for the guests to take with them for lunch.  All of this cooking is done by the many wonderful volunteers who generously give of their time and resources to help our guests feel more at home.

Comprehensive Case Management

Families are referred by the Board of Social Services, previous guests, clergy, other service agencies and self-referral. When a potential guest makes the initial phone call, a preliminary assessment is performed by the Case Manager to determine eligibility. If the family is eligible for emergency shelter services and there are openings, an in-person interview is scheduled.

During the interview, the Case Manager reviews extensively guest policies, procedures and expectations. Together, the Case Manager and the family develop a Comprehensive Service Plan (CSP) that establishes the goals and action steps the family will accomplish while they are in the program. Case Management sessions are required weekly to monitor progress on goals and help families overcome barriers to self-sufficiency 

Family Promise provides supportive services tailored to meet the individual needs of each respective family unit. Our Case Manager coordinates the service delivery for families to obtain identification, birth/marriage certificates, health insurance, immunizations, child support, childcare, school enrollment, transportation, parenting classes, voter registration and other vital resources necessary to promote the long-term goal of self-sufficiency and permanent housing. 

Life Skills

Each family receives a personal Dell laptop computer provided in-part, by our generous Corporate sponsors. Each laptop is equipped with desktop shortcuts to additional community resources and career dashboards. Within the first 30 days, each adult guest prepares a cover letter and resume and with assistance from the Case Manager. Guests also complete daily employment and housing searches and participate in workshops on credit repair, financial literacy and health and wellness led by the FPMC team. We utilize our very own financial literacy curriculum designed in collaboration with Woodforest Charitable Trust Foundation and the Woodforest National Bank specifically; for families facing homelessness entitled: New Beginning, A Program for Family Financial Fitness. Guests work independently and in groups with the support of a volunteer instructor.

During the interview, the Case Manager reviews extensively guest policies, procedures and expectations. Together, the Case Manager and the family develop a Comprehensive Service Plan (CSP) that establishes the goals and action steps the family will accomplish while they are in the program. Case Management sessions are required weekly to monitor progress on goals and help families overcome barriers to self-sufficiency 

Family Promise provides supportive services tailored to meet the individual needs of each respective family unit. Our Case Manager coordinates the service delivery for families to obtain identification, birth/marriage certificates, health insurance, immunizations, child support, childcare, school enrollment, transportation, parenting classes, voter registration and other vital resources necessary to promote the long-term goal of self-sufficiency and permanent housing. 

Guest Savings Incentive Program

Families are strongly encouraged to apply the skills learned in the New Beginnings workshops by participating in our Signature Guest Savings Incentive Program. This program allows guests to contribute up to $500 per month and FPMC will match the amount dollar-for-dollar. The premise is simple: educate and empower families to graduate FPMC in 90 days with at least $3,000 in savings payable directly to a landlord for security deposit/first month’s rent.

Our data affirms that families who fully participate in the Family Promise Program are more likely to obtain permanent housing, improve their quality of life, end the cycle of homelessness, dependency/poverty and sustain self-sufficiency.

In fact, more than 75% of our guest’s secure permanent or transitional housing prior to discharge from 

During the interview, the Case Manager reviews extensively guest policies, procedures and expectations. Together, the Case Manager and the family develop a Comprehensive Service Plan (CSP) that establishes the goals and action steps the family will accomplish while they are in the program. Case Management sessions are required weekly to monitor progress on goals and help families overcome barriers to self-sufficiency 

Family Promise provides supportive services tailored to meet the individual needs of each respective family unit. Our Case Manager coordinates the service delivery for families to obtain identification, birth/marriage certificates, health insurance, immunizations, child support, childcare, school enrollment, transportation, parenting classes, voter registration and other vital resources necessary to promote the long-term goal of self-sufficiency and permanent housing.