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Our Mission & Story

 

Our Mission

To transform the lives of families with children who are homeless by mobilizing a diverse community to provide shelter, education, and comprehensive support.

Our Story

The idea for Family Promise Metrowest (FPM) was conceived by members of the Wellesley Congregational Village Church and Christ Lutheran Church of Natick in 2003. The collective vision became a reality when the network welcomed its first family into shelter in October of 2008. FPM is now one of over 200 affiliates of Family Promise National across the country.

Our concept is simple. We believe motivated, hard-working families can move out of homelessness and poverty if they are given the encouragement, guidance, and resources to reach their goals. As a community, we all take a role in addressing this issue.

For our shelter, host congregations open their doors one week at a time, three to four weeks a year to provide housing by converting classrooms into bedrooms for our families. A growing network of over 3,500 trained volunteers from congregations and the greater community supply meals and staff the shelter, embracing our families with a network of people who care. Yet we are much more than a shelter. Our professional staff provides intensive support in accessing community resources and setting goals with families to address the root causes of their homelessness. Over the years we have also expanded our programming to meet the needs of our families. In 2013, we introduced a Transitional Living program to ensure sustainability by supporting families for one year after leaving shelter. In 2015, the Steps to Success program was launched to provide educational and career-building opportunities in order to maximize family earnings. In 2017, our LIFE program was initiated to prevent evictions by providing subsidies for rent in arrears, advocacy with landlords, and case management to prevent families from becoming homeless.

Together, our passionate community of volunteers and professional staff inspire our families to persevere and dare to dream for a better future.

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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