Community Initiatives

Family Promise understands the needs of vulnerable families. So, we offer innovative programs — such as tenancy preparation, financial literacy, and virtual career pathway training

— to address them in a cost-effective, targeted approach.

HOUSING. CHILDCARE. TRANSPORTATION. EDUCATION.

All of these issues—and many others—are part of the myriad causes of family homelessness. As volunteers engage in the Family Promise of Hudson County programs, they realize if they can address these challenges, they can serve more people more effectively.

Community Initiatives include a wide array of programs. Some get to the heart of core needs, such as childcare and job training, families face in order to regain self-sufficiency. Other initiatives find ways to match the strengths of local volunteers and the interests of local corporations with the needs of our guests, like financial literacy. Similarly, many initiatives build off core tenets of Family Promise of Hudson County itself, leading to efforts like food assistance, furniture and clothing donation and health, and wellness programs.

Probably no community initiative is more vital or more involved than the many housing programs like we run: transitional, supportive and permanent housing programs. More than 100 Affiliates have some kind of housing program and cumulatively provide more than 2,000 beds.

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Key to these programs is the other most widespread initiative —post-shelter extended support. The underlying causes of homelessness are not alleviated simply by providing housing, as crucial as that is. The immense variety of services provided, from family mentoring to case management, ensures that families do not slip back into homelessness so that the changes Family Promise of Hudson County has made are enduring.

The key is that the solutions exist right in the community. Congregations assist by using their resources to support the many programs or by providing generous volunteers. Affiliates partner with civic groups to create childcare. Volunteers supply families with advice, necessities, and even good quality vehicles.

Since 1988, more than 1,700 initiatives have been developed nationwide, matching local needs with local resources. Community initiatives are a testament to the compassion — and the innovation — of Family Promise volunteers.