Family Promise

By Mike Maciolek and Anthony Patella

Introduction

Family Promise is a nationwide charity that is accomplishing to help homeless people start a new life. It was founded in 1986. ( Family Promise.org). Homelessness is a big problem in america today. Homelessness happens when people lose their jobs, natural disasters. The three biggest cities our Los angeles, Detroit, and New York. The Family Promise charity is an organization the is trying to end homelessness in america.

How did the organization begin and grow into what it is now?

The organization has grown since it was first founded. “The founder and president of family promise is Karen Olson.”(charity navigator.org) The reason Karen founded this great charity that the supports and helps the homeless people in many ways is because when she was younger she use to see a lot of homeless families,” It was founded in union county, NJ on October 27, 1986.”( family promise.org) This means that Karen founded family promise in union county where she lived in her childhood. This organization is growing and growing as the years pass by. It has come a very long way from 1986-2015 but it is still growing to be a bigger and more effective charity to our community in the united states.


The organization has stayed the same purpose over the years since it was founded but there were some good additions to the charity. Their motto has stayed the same,” To building communities, strengthening lives of homeless families or individual people.”( familypromise.org). This means that they want to improve so many peoples lives that it will make an entire community better. This charity recognizes many things about poverty and how it leads to homelessness. “ We recognize that poverty is a multifaceted problem that requires a multifaceted response.” This means that poverty can lead to homelessness and is a multifaceted problem that needs to be solved. This can lead to homelessness because if you are very poor do not have enough money to live in a home you will be homeless. Family Promise solves tens of thousands of problems in peoples lives each year about homelessness.

Mission Statement

,”Family Promise is committed to helping low-income families nationwide achieve lasting independence and to redress the underlying causes of poverty and homelessness. We accomplish our mission through four program areas: Interfaith Hospitality Networks (IHNs) - provide shelter, meals, and comprehensive support services to homeless families; Family Mentoring - helps prevent homelessness by training volunteers to be advisors and advocates to low-income families; Just Neighbors - an interactive educational program, raises awareness of the root causes of poverty and homelessness as the first step in establishing community-based responses; and Community Initiatives - fosters local IHN outgrowth programs, such as transitional housing, job training, childcare, and literacy.”( charity navigator.org).

What has your chosen charity done for the community?

The charity Family Promise is a great charity with many volunteers across the nation. “Today we mobilize more than 160,000 volunteers from coast to coast in our commitment to building communities.” (family promise.org). This means that many volunteers help homelessness in the united states, that is one of the reasons why Family Promise is such a great charity. “Volunteers meet homeless families immediate needs for shelter, meals and comprehensive support services.”(family promise.org). There are many ways to be a volunteer in the charity family promise. They do many things for the homeless families in the community. Family Promise’s mission statement is,”Family Promise is committed to helping low-income families nationwide achieve lasting independence and to redress the underlying causes of poverty and homelessness. We accomplish our mission through four program areas: Interfaith Hospitality Networks (IHNs) - provide shelter, meals, and comprehensive support services to homeless families; Family Mentoring - helps prevent homelessness by training volunteers to be advisors and advocates to low-income families; Just Neighbors - an interactive educational program, raises awareness of the root causes of poverty and homelessness as the first step in establishing community-based responses; and Community Initiatives - fosters local IHN outgrowth programs, such as transitional housing, job training, childcare, and literacy.”( charity navigator.org). Overall, family promise does many things for the homeless families and individuals in the united states.


The charity Family Promise does many things to help the community. “Since our founding about 20 years ago, we have served about 500,000, people including tens of thousands of families who found temporary homes at our Affiliates.”(family promise.org). This means that this charity has made a huge impact on the community.”We respond by integrating educational outreach, smart programming, effective policies, and thousands of volunteers.”(family promise.org) This shows what the charity does for the community and how they reach out to help homeless individuals and families find a better life in the community.

How effective is your charity in accomplishing its goals?

Charity navigator gave Family Promise four stars for the quality of the charity. Four stars is the highest rating each charity can receive. “They are mostly funded by contributions, gifts,and grants. Most of their money goes to the program. $1,332,936 of the money goes to the program. The rest of the money they get goes to fundraising and administration.”(charitynavigator.org) This means that most of their money helps homeless people in need. “Every year family promise provides temporary housing,meals,and etc.”(familypromise.org).This shows how the charity Family promise accomplishes its goals.


Family promise had a lot of activities to help raise money for homelessness. Like on may 13,2015 family promise is having a breakfast. In october 18,2014 they held a fall buffet. In the family mentions program economically vulnerable families are matched with volunteers. Every year family promise is committed to addressing programs and policies that impact low income families dailey .


What is the issue/ cause that your charity support?

Family promise is trying to help people who are homeless find place to live. The issue is poverty and joblessness in america are major causes of homelessness after war political unrest, fires, or natural disasters. About 100 million people in the world are homeless. People who are homeless often have bad health. On page 302 in the world book encyclopedia you can find all of these facts.

The charity family promise is trying that homelessness spread worldwide. In the book (homelessness an overview) it states that soup kitchens work to feed the nations population. Homeless families often have to depend on shelters for food and shelter. On family promise web site they are trying to have people every year have temporary housing.

Work Cited

"Family Promise." Charity Navigator. Charity Navigator, 16 Apr. 2015. Web. 16 Apr. 2015.



"Homelessness." The World Book Encyclopedia. 2009 ed. Vol. H.9. Chicago, IL: World Book, 2009. 302. Print.




Bringle, Jennifer. "Homelessness an Overview." Homelessness in America Today. First ed. New York, NY: Rosen Pub., 2011. 10-31. Print.



Bailey, Ellen, and Alexander Stingl. "Homelessness an Overview." Points of View Reference Center. EBSCO, n.d. Web. 15 Apr. 2015.



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