Family Promise (formerly known as Interfaith Hospitality Network, or "IHN") is a partnership of local congregations and volunteers helping families who are facing homelessness by meeting their immediate needs for shelter, meals, and support services. Nationally, 40% of the homeless population is comprised of families, most forced into this situation by job loss, fire or natural disaster, lack of affordable housing, or an injury that prevents the provider from working. Family Promise is the only shelter in Hunterdon County that keeps families together while helping them regain their housing. Nationally the program is a success, with 80% of Family Promise families achieving long-term housing. Zion has been an Family Promise partner since 1990.
Zion hosts Family Promise three times each year. As a host church, Zion is responsible for providing lodging and meals for up to fourteen people for a two-week period. Volunteers are needed to cook meals, have dinner with guests, play with children, socialize with families, and stay overnight at the church. It is an opportunity to live out your faith by offering kindness, respect, and support to families as they regain their independence and their dignity. Watch for the signup list in the church narthex when it is our turn to host!
For more information on Family Promise, visit http://familypromisehc.org/