Family Promise of Jacksonville provides intensive, holistic case management for families with children experiencing homelessness by working with congregations and other social service agencies.  By bringing the faith community together, Family Promise is able to help families regain housing, independence and dignity in a time of need.  A unique aspect of the Family Promise model is that they are able to keep families together so that they never experience separation.  Other shelters may separate a father from the mother and children, teen sons from a single mother and their younger siblings, or young adult children from the rest of the family.

As a host congregation, we provide shelter for up to 3 families for one week, dinner each night they are with us, breakfast on Saturday and Sunday, and a bagged lunch for the families to take with them on Sunday.  We provide a room for each family on the second floor of the Education Building and meals are served in the DeBell room.  We also collect supplies and food items for the families to use during the day while they are at the Family Resource Center.

How YOU can help!

  • Slumber Hosts – We need a male and female host every evening to spend the night at the church.  Families are welcome and hosts will have their own private room.  
  • Meals – You could prepare one item or get a small group to prepare the whole meal one evening or morning.
  • Food Items – Food items are needed for snacks at the church, and breakfast and lunches at the Family Promise headquarters downtown.  Needed items will be posted at the church 2 weeks before our host week.
  • Laundry – Volunteers are needed to wash 1 or 2 loads of the linens we provide during the week.
By participating in this ministry, you are helping families get back on their feet and move forward with their lives.  It is such a blessing to be able to serve in this way.  If you would like to learn more about Family Promise, you can go to their website at www.familypromisejax.org.  If you would like to volunteer or would like more information on how you can help, please contact Sherrill Brown at sherbrown86@gmail.com.

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