To empower families experiencing homelessness to achieve lasting self-sufficiency.

The Seacoast Family Promise program brings shelter, meals, and support services to families without homes.

The program is a cost-efficient, effective, and replicable community response to family homelessness. Because they make use of existing community resources, they can be implemented quickly, without major start-up costs.

IHN/Family Promise programs vary from community to community, reflecting local needs and resources. However, there are five basic components to an IHN/Family Promise program.

1. Hosts
Hosting rotates weekly among the 10 to 12 host congregations in a Network. In turn, each host congregation provides lodging, three meals daily, and welcoming care.

2. Day Center
Guests use a local day center from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, where the IHN director, a professional social worker, provides case management services. There, guests pursue employment, tend pre-school children, shower, and do laundry. The day center provides guests with a mailing address and a base for housing and employment searches. Many guests are employed during the day, while older children attend school.

3. Volunteers
Volunteers provide various services:

Cooking and serving meals
Playing with children or helping them with homework
Interacting with guests, with respect and compassion

4. Social Service Agencies
Local social service agencies refer families to the Network. The agencies may also help guests find housing, jobs, and benefits.

5. Transportation
An IHN van (if available) transports guests to and from the day center. The van also carries bedding and luggage to the next host congregation.

1. Seacoast Family Promise provides a safe place for families to turn for immediate food, shelter, and social services.

2. Cost-effective mobilization of existing community resources.

3. Can house a maximum of 5 homeless families or 14 individuals, at a time.

4. More than 600 volunteers and 13 congregations participate in our network, donating 10,000 hours per year.