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History of the Organization

The idea for Family Promise Metrowest (FPM) was originally conceived by members of the Wellesley Congregational Church and Christ Lutheran Church of Natick in 2003. A five-year process of development involved research, outreach, volunteer recruitment, fundraising, capital improvements, and legal work. The collective vision became a reality when the Network welcomed the first of its families in October 2008. Today, Family Promise Metrowest is one of over 200 programs across the country affiliated with Family Promise National.

 Over the years, FPM has grown from being a shelter to a comprehensive program addressing the needs of the families we serve. In 2013, we initiated our Transitional Living Program to assist families after moving out of shelter. Case Management and subsidies are provided for one year following the move to ensure sustainability. In 2015, we established our Steps to Success program to provide comprehensive employment support to our families. This program provides the means for families to maximize their earning potential while in shelter and transitional living. In 2017, we added our Local Initiative for Family Empowerment (LIFE) program, a homelessness prevention initiative that helps families in the eviction process remain in their homes. This program provides subsidies for rent in arrears, paired with case management and monthly educational workshops.


As programs have grown, our network has also expanded. We have grown from 21 to 50 congregations and over 3,000 trained volunteers providing support. To ensure stability for the organization, the infrastructure has also expanded with professional staff now including a full-time Executive Director, Assistant Director, Case Manager, and Office Manager, along with part-time staff including a Director of Development, Network Coordinator, and LIFE Program Coordinator.

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