We partner with other congregations and community organizations responding to the crisis of children and their families who are homeless. We work to eliminate homelessness in Greater Indianapolis. We will be hosting families beginning on July 3 until July 10. Many in our congregation volunteer to cook meals, set up rooms, drive families to the Day Center and many more duties. Here you can read of a typical week with a Family Promise family.
On Sunday afternoon, the network van arrives at the host congregation with beds and families personal belongings to be set up in a designated space, such as classrooms.
Guest families arrive at the host congregation Sunday evening. Families settle in and become acquainted with the volunteers and facility. Dinner is served family style as guests and volunteers share the meal together. Families are responsible for their children and help with cleanup and chores.
After dinner, some congregations offer activities while others offer free time before turning in for bed. A host volunteer will stay at the facility overnight and assist guests with breakfast and departure to the Day Center the following morning. Food is available for guests to make lunches to take to the Day Center.
Families leave for the Day Center in time to get to work or school. Guests work with Case Manager to overcome the barriers they face in finding stable housing. Guests are transported back to the hosting congregation each evening.
The following Sunday, families pack their beds and belongings and leave the facility. They are transported to the Day Center and are picked up that afternoon by the next hosting congregation.