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“I am living in my car with my two children and have no family to help me. The other shelter won’t take kids.”

My husband beat me, but because he is in jail, I cannot stay at the domestic violence shelter. His family owns our home, so I have nowhere to go.”

“I had to give up my job because I couldn’t afford childcare. Won’t you please help me?”

Family Promise of Gainesville hears calls like this every day.  We are one of the only shelters in town that focuses on families with children.  There are 549 homeless children in the Alachua County School system.

What is Family Promise?

Family Promise (formerly known as the Interfaith Hospitality Network) relies on a network of caring volunteers to provide shelter, meals, and compassionate assistance for up to four families (or maximum of 15 people) in crisis situations.   We have helped over 1,000 people end homelessness since we opened our doors in 1998.

How it works

As a group the families rotate from congregation to congregation on a weekly basis. By uniting congregations and the support of social service agencies, our Family Promise program can assist the families in finding sustainable housing, job training, employment, or whatever needs they may have.   Family Promisenever has any religious requirements of any kind. We currently receive federal, state and local dollars to carry out of mission of helping homeless children.

Why it works

So many families are only one crisis away from homelessness.  Our families strive to find jobs within 30 days of joining Family Promise. They save 30% of their income each paycheck to help them get a place of their own.  They are looking for a hand up, not a hand out. Here is what a mother of three kids wrote when she graduated into permanent affordable housing on Oct. 24, 2015: “Family Promise is a wonderful place. The name explains everything. Family Promise has helped me see what I needed to change about myself and us as a family. I loved everyone we met. Thank you. God bless you!”

YOU can help these homeless kids find a home of their own. With a 76 percent success rate nationwide, you can rest assured knowing your donation to Family Promise is going to good use.

How you can help

Family Promise is supported by the generosity of caring people like you.  If your organization would like to hold a supply drive to support our wish list, or volunteer, please call 352-378-2030.  You can also join Club 180: to turn around the lives of homeless kids. A $180 donation will provide services to a parent and child for 4 days. Donations of any size are greatly appreciated.  Contact us to make a tax-deductible donation, or donate online at www.familypromisegvl.org.