The Faith Community's Unique Response to Homeless Families
Family Promise - Salt Lake was founded in 1995 and is one of 180 Family Promise affiliates across the country, but the only such program in Utah. Various congregations take turns opening their doors and provide temporary shelter to 4 families at a time through a rotation network. This unique shelter model mobilizes existing resources within the faith community to take a hands-on approach to homelessness
Each week, approximately 50 volunteers work to provide guest families with basic human needs: shelter, safety and sustenance. Just as important, our volunteers also offer the additional services of: comfort, acceptance, and dignity. Both volunteers and guests grow from the Family Promise experience. In the past 17 years, we estimate that volunteers have contributed over 212,300 volunteer hours to assist over 2,250 individuals in 670 families.
To address the growing crisis of family homelessness, Family Promise works diligently to expand our services to include: intensive case management, life-skill tools, Housing Costs, affordable apartments, and a Housing Retention Program which provides post-shelter support. Family Promise is committed to serving homeless families in-need and lessening their trauma, especially for the children.
The Day Center
During the day, guests in this program utilize our Family Promise Day Center where they access shower and laundry facilities, computers, day-time meals and transportation assistance. Families use the Day Center address for housing and job applications so that no one need know they are "homeless."
Staff works to support parents through intensive case management plans and to advocate for the services and assistance families need to regain their self-sufficiency.
Statistics show that once homeless families are assisted into housing, on-going case management services, such as rent and utility assistance, budgeting assistance, referrals to government and community service etc., help them remain housed. Family Promise offers 2 years of post0shelter case management through our Housing Retention Program to help stabilize a family going through the crisis of homelessness.
Family Promise is proud to operate several low cost units designated for low-income families in an effort to respond to the shortage of affordable housing.
Outcomes: Shelter Program
- Shelter Program, 2012 - 33 Families sheltered consisting of 111 individuals
- 97% of those sheltered transitioned successfully into stable housing
- Number of beds used: 4,512
- Number of volunteer hours: 14,279
- Number of meals served: 13,536
Outcomes: Housing Retention Program
Out of the families who transitioned from our shelter program and participated in our Housing Retention program: 100% remained housed at the important benchmarks of 6, 12, 18 and 24 months post-shelter
Board of Directors
President, Dawn Hoffman
Vice President, George Cannon
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
Treasurer, John-Erik Brammer
American Express Centurion Bank
Secretary, Sandra DeBry
University of Utah, Division of General Pediatrics
Utah Community Reinvestment Corporation
Snow Christensen and Martineau
ACPE, Supervisory Candidate Chaplain
Workforce Services, Director of Communications
Pitney Bowes Bank, Controller
Securities and Exchange Commission, Senior Regional Trial Counsel
Donors are requested to provide limited personal information to Family Promise so that we can process donation transactions, provide contributors with charitable gifting tax information, and for donor recognition programs. The information is also retained in financial records for financial recording and internal financial accounting control purposes.
The providing of information by donors is completely voluntary.
To protect the confidentiality of this personal information Family Promise uses appropriate technical and internal control measures to limit access to and control the retention of the information to ensure its use and access is limited to the above noted purposes.
Family Promise - Salt Lake will not communicate personal information about our donors to outside parties, and we do not sell or rent contributor information of any kind to outside parties.
Upon written request, Family Promise allows donors access to their personal information and donors may specify that the information be edited or request the information not be retained.
Questions about this policy may be sent to:
Family Promise - Salt Lake, P.O. Box 996, Salt Lake City, Utah 84110-0996