We are working to end family homelessness in West Ventura County. Communities of faith and like-minded people together can make a difference!
We are an affiliate of the Interfaith Hospitality Network in the Ventura and Oxnard areas and is looking for congregations to address family homelessness.
Family Promise is a holistic approach to the crisis of family homelessness. Our programs address the range of issues that affect low-income families. These include direct services, educational curricula, prevention programs and more.
To mobilize communities of congregations that will partner together with social service agencies and private initiates to end homelessness, one family at a time.
The Family Promise is a national organization founded in in 1986. The Family Promise Program brings shelter, meals, and support services to families without homes throughout a network of local congregations.
Why is Family Promise Needed
Families are the fastest growing segment of the homeless population representing about 40% of all homeless people (2011 stat.)
Requests for emergency shelters by families increased by 5% over last year. 32% of shelter requests by families were unmet.
There are no homeless family shelters in Ventura or Oxnard.
The Oxnard Unified School District accommodated 585 Homeless students during the 2016-2017 school year.
The Ventura Unified School District accommodated 332 Homeless students during the 2016-2017 school year.
In America, just over 16 million children live in households where they have to skip meals or eat less to make ends meet.
There Are 5 Basic Components to the Family Promise Program
Congregations: The Host Congregations host families which rotates weekly among those congregations in the Program which provide lodging, three meals a day, and a caring hospitality 3 to 4 times a year. Support congregations assist host congregations by providing volunteers and funds is unable to host.
Day Center: Guests will use a local Day Center from 7:30 AM until 5:00 PM, where they will work with professionals which will provide case management services. This is where the adult guests will receive employment assistance, social service assistance, care for preschool children, chances to do laundry and shower as well as receive additional services as needed.
Transportation: The Family Promise van transports guests to and from the Day Center and Host Congregations and to other needed appointments.
Volunteer Opportunities: Volunteers are essential to our success and provide wide range of services like cooking and serving meals. playing with the children or helping them with homework, interacting with guests with respect and compassion and providing overnight security.
Fundraiser: The organization is financed through donations, grants, and fundraising events.