History, Mission and Goals

History

Family Promise of Grand Rapids, founded in 1997 as the Greater Grand Rapids Interfaith Hospitality Network, partners with local congregations, individuals, families, foundations and corporations to provide emergency shelter and viable solutions for families with children who are facing a housing crisis.

Mission

The mission of Family Promise of Grand Rapids is to end homelessness, one family at a time, by engaging faith-based and community organizations to provide emergency shelter and basic needs to families with children who are homeless and to provide additional programs to assist them in finding housing and sustaining their independence.

Goals

  • Help homeless families with children find permanent housing, and through our continuum of supportive programs and mentors, help them achieve sustainable self-sufficiency
  • Help families achieve self-sufficiency so that children do not continue to cycle through our community’s homeless emergency system
  • Be sensitive to and help many families who are homeless due to situations such as job loss, and/or who are experiencing a life crisis (illness, divorce, domestic abuse) which has led to first-time, and for many, only-time homelessness
  • Allow families to remain intact during a housing crisis so dads and boys over the age of 10 remain with their family. This will lessen the negative impact on families and children, as separation adds additional stress and takes time away from the goals of securing permanent housing and employment.
  • Maintain an 85% or greater rate of families we serve moving into permanent housing
  • Work with families in assuring that 80% or more remain self-sufficient for one year or more