Family Promise of Anderson County (FPAC) strives to keep displaced children and their families together. A single father and his children or a mother with male children 11 years and up can stay together. We provide "a hand up" to families with children who are facing homelessness. FPAC helps those families regain independence and stable housing through intense case management and financial budgeting services. We can mobilize community volunteers, social service agencies, and faith-based congregations, together with ending homelessness for children and their families one at a time.
Our program is designed to assist those willing and desiring to "put in the work" to regain independence for their children. We receive many calls daily from people seeking assistance. Eligible families (guests) are then participants in our Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN).
Our model is a holistic approach to resolving homelessness for children and their families. The Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN) connects with local congregations in Anderson County to provide safe lodging spaces for our guests one week at a time. These local congregations are called Host Congregations. Each Host Congregation has a team of volunteers who designate their time and resources to express hospitality to FPAC guests. Volunteers provide fellowship, hot dinners served in a "family style" setting, breakfast and lunch items for the guest to take with them during the day.
Our transitional housing program is designed for guests who may need extra time to take care of obstacles that will hinder them from entering into permanent housing. Some of these obstacles are outstanding debt with utility companies, cost of deposits, and etc. A guest that has successfully completed the IHN Program may apply for transitional housing in hopes to extend their stay and continue receiving case management services.
A financial literacy program was created specifically for Family Promise guests through a collaboration with Woodforest National Bank. A volunteer financial coach partners with the case manager to gather information on all sources of income, determine family needs, and evaluate the financial responsibility of the parent(s). This foundation provides insight into the income necessary to support the family as the parent(s) search for employment.
"My life kind of fell apart when I was laid off from my job after 10 years."
Transportation is extremely vital to family stabilization. Family Promise of Anderson is a support network for our guests even after achieving their independence goal. Thanks to one of our community partners' assistance, we were able to meet this family's need when their vehicle became inoperable. Thank you to Ralph Hayes Toyota of Anderson for donating this wonderful vehicle which secured this family's stability. We can't fulfill this mission alone. It requires all of us to work together. Having reliable transportation is crucial for families to remain stable. At Family Promise of Anderson, we provide ongoing support to our guests even after they have achieved their goal of independence. Recently, when a family's vehicle broke down, one of our community partners stepped in to help. We are grateful to Ralph Hayes Toyota of Anderson for their generous vehicle donation, which ensured this family's stability. We recognize that fulfilling our mission requires teamwork and collaboration from all of us.