We are excited to partner with Family Promise of Butler County in the effort to assist families who currently find themselves without a place to call home in getting back on their feet. In so doing, we are part of a rotation of community churches offering to provide overnight lodging, food, and general hospitality for a one week period about every four months.
- Evening Hosts
- Overnight Hosts
- Setup/Tear Down
We so appreciate all you do to make Jesus' love real in our community!
Who We Are
To help address the needs of children and families who are homeless in Butler County
by providing shelter, meals, and comprehensive support services.
Family Promise Has:
- Over 182 networks in 41 states.
- More than 6,000 congregations and 160,000 volunteers involved in Family Promise programs.
- Helped to support more than 53,000 homeless family members annually - 60% of them children.
- Assisted nearly 80% of guest families who found housing.
Family Promise runs a program called the Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN). This network program unites the religious community to assist children and families struggling with homelessness. The program, which uses existing community resources to provide comprehensive services to families, often invigorates congregations and inspires volunteers to further service.
How it Works
About four times a year - for a week at a time - host congregations provide overnight lodging from 5:30pm to 7 am including meals (supper, breakfast and bag lunch) and hospitality for up to 5 families.
Volunteers cook, serve meals, play with children, help with homework and stay overnight. They interact with guests, treating them with respect and responding with compassion.
Local agencies screen guests and refer families to the network. They may help guest find housing, jobs and government assistance. Guests are screened for active substance abuse and psychiatric problems.
Guests use the local day center from 8am to 5pm to shower, care for pre-school children, and seek employment. Many guests are employed and go to work during the day. During the school year, children go to school. The day center provides guests with a mailing address and a home base from which to conduct their housing search.
A van transports guests to and from the day center. The van also carries beds and luggage to the next host congregation.
Why Family Promise
- Families are the fastest growing segment of the homeless population.
- Over 40% of the U.S. homeless population is families with children.
- One out of every five children lives in poverty.
- As of 2015, over 400 children are reported homeless in our Butler County school districts - 63 of these children are in the Lakota School District, 335 in Hamilton, and 59 in Fairfield.
- The average age of a homeless person in the United States is 9 years old.
- Half the guests at Family Promise networks are Children - most are under six.
Family Promise of Butler County, Inc. is a network affiliated with the national Family Promise organization.