When Family Promise Metrowest first welcomed families in 2008, the goal was to provide safe shelter and support to families experiencing homelessness. Our vision was also to build an interfaith community of congregations committed to addressing the issue of family homelessness, knowing we all had to assume responsibility in order to create real change. Over the years, as our organization has grown, we've added additional programs to meet our families needs, developing a true continuum of services to ensure our families' stability into the future.
Since our founding in 2008 through the end of 2019, we have provided shelter and/or support for 216 families, including 284 adults and 404 children. For an overview of our programs' success in 2019, the numbers below clearly speak for themselves.
When families arrive, we assist them in setting individual goals that address the root causes of their homelessness. In 2019, the following outcomes were achieved by our families during their shelter stay:
In 2013, recognizing the families’ need for financial and logistical support as they moved back into permanent community housing, we established our Transitional Living Program. In this program, families continue to receive case management support and work toward goals to ensure long-term sustainability. In 2019, the following outcomes were achieved for families in Transitional Living:
In 2015, we began our Steps to Success Program, a comprehensive education and employment program that assists families in maximizing their earning potential in order to achieve and sustain community housing. The 2019 outcomes for this program are as follows:
In 2017, we launched our Local Initiative for Family Empowerment (LIFE) program, a homelessness prevention program that supports families who are at risk of eviction but not yet homeless. It is the newest addition to our continuum of services allowing us to support more families while addressing a gap in services. The 2019 outcomes for this program are as follows:
Our success is clearly measured by the hard work our families put into reaching their individual goals. While we are proud of our families and all they have accomplished, we are also grateful to our community of support, knowing we have all played a role in reaching success together.
Our network of congregations has grown from 13 host congregations and 8 support congregations in 2008 to 19 host congregations and 31 support congregations today, with representation from the Christian, Muslim, and Jewish faiths.