Who We Serve
While there are programs providing shelter and food throughout the region, Family Promise is unique in our dedication to keeping families together. We welcome:
(Most programs accept mothers and children, but fathers have to find somewhere else to go.)
- Single Fathers with Children
(There are virtually no programs where a father and his children can stay.)
(Many programs will not accept boys over 12 or older teenage girls.)
- Grandparents Caring for Their Minor Grandchildren
- Single Mothers and Their Children
Family Promise serves families with children regardless of race or religion. Families must be capable of participating in a family-friendly environment supervised by volunteers. There is no fee for services.
Families accepted into our program are held accountable for their time and money and are expected to actively seek housing and jobs. Because Family Promise is largely a volunteer-based organization, we do not have the capabilities to serve families with:
- Disqualifying or Recent Criminal Offenses
- Untreated Mental Health Issues
- Active Domestic Violence Situations
Most of the families we serve have lost housing because they’ve lost a job, a marriage or parenting relationship has broken up, or they had to leave housing that was unsafe.
How Family Promise Works
The Family Promise Day Centers in Pittsburgh (Crafton) and Washington serve as the base of operations and address of residence for up to four families each. During the “working” hours, children go to school and parents go to work, or do the work of finding jobs, housing, and necessary services. The Day Centers have bathrooms with showers, kitchens, laundry facilities, and other necessities for family living.
Guests spend the evenings and overnight at a church facility, hosted by congregational volunteers who provide transportation, meals, fellowship, and support. Private rooms are provided for each guest family.
FPSWPA professional staff works at the Day Centers, where case management is a primary component of our mission, preparing families for success once they return to independent housing.
However, it is the volunteers who offer their hearts and hands to families that sets Family Promise apart. Hosting families speaks to the scripture of all faiths and provides families who have lost their homes with safe, secure lodging and a sense of community.
The Family Promise model, a network of congregations coming together to aid families in need, enables us to help homeless families achieve lasting independence at less than a third of the cost of traditional shelters.