When Family Promise Metrowest first welcomed families in 2008, the goal was to provide safe shelter and support to families experiencing homelessness. Our vision was also to build an interfaith community of congregations committed to addressing the issue of family homelessness, knowing we all had to assume responsibility in order to create real change.
For an overview of our success, the numbers clearly speak for themselves.
Since our founding in 2008, we have provided shelter and support for 106 families, 150 adults and 197 kids.
Yet we are so much more than a shelter. When families arrive, we assist them in setting individual goals that address the root causes of their homelessness. In 2016, the following outcomes were achieved by our families during their shelter stay:
In 2013, recognizing the families’ need for financial and logistical support as they moved back into permanent community housing, we established our Transitional Living Program. In this program, families continue to receive case management support and work toward goals to ensure long-term sustainability. In 2016, the following outcomes were achieved for families in Transitional Living:
In 2015, we began our Steps to Success Program, a comprehensive education and employment program that assists families in maximizing their earning potential in order to achieve and sustain community housing. The 2016 outcomes for this program are as follows:
Our success is clearly measured by the hard work our families put into reaching their individual goals. While we are proud of our families and all they have accomplished, we are also grateful to our community of support, knowing we have all played a role in reaching success together.
Our network of congregations has grown from 13 host congregations and 8 support congregations in 2008 to 19 host congregations and 31 support congregations today, with representation from the Christian, Muslim, and Jewish faiths.