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 who are willing and desiring to "put in the work" to regain independence for their children. We screen 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.
The program is the result of a partnership with Woodforest National Bank, which took the initiative to develop a financial literacy program catered to guests of Family Promise. The volunteer financial coach works with the case manager to obtain information on all sources of income, identify particular family needs, and assess the fiscal responsibility of the parent(s). As the parent(s) search for work, this foundation will provide an understanding of the necessary income required to sustain their family.
"Family Promise gave our family hope, security, stability, strength, and motivation that homelessness had taken away from us." Christy