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Family Promise

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FAMILY PROMISE is an ongoing mission that Bethany partners with to provide support for temporarily homeless local families once every eight weeks.

What does FAMILY PROMISE offer homeless families?

Social Services:

  • Implementing a service plan and providing case management
  • Increasing awareness and utilization of other available services, benefits and resources
  • Providing referral information and access to other services and agencies
  • Offering personal counseling
  • Assisting in securing training and employment
  • Enrolling children in appropriate schools
  • Arranging for any needed medical or dental care
  • Providing follow-up support and services after families leave our Network


  • Assisting families in finding homes, in either the public or private sector, often using volunteer resources and suggestions.
  • Distributing donated supplies; including food, paper, and personal items, to help family Promise families set up housekeeping.

How does Family Promise work?

24-hour shelter is provided, with evening and overnight accommodations provided by area churches; our “host congregations.”  Guests are transported to one of two Family Centers in Washington or Crafton during the day, where they take care of daily living tasks, such as showering and laundry.

Family Centers
Guests work with staff to set priorities and take the steps necessary to gain self-sufficiency. Services are comprehensive and tailored to address specific family issues, and are often continued after families leave our network.

Host congregation volunteers provide a family-style evening meal as well as breakfast.  Guests use the Family Center kitchens to prepare their lunches.

Family Promise’s trained volunteers welcome homeless families to their churches and offer a caring, interactive environment.  Network guests often form valuable and beneficial friendships with congregation members. Many guests have discovered community resources, employment leads, and housing opportunities through interactions with volunteers.