Family Promise of Gwinnett County, Inc. brings existing local resources together to help homeless children and their families regain their housing and their independence, while maintaining their dignity. We mobilize congregations of faith, community volunteers, and social service agencies.Through intensive case management and counseling, we address the underlying causes of homelessness. Together we are ending homelessness – one family at a time.
We utilize three major components to achieve our goals…
1. Congregations. We utilize the Hospitality Network model to house our families in congregations throughout Gwinnett County. These churches provide shelter, meals, and a hospitable environment for our guests.
2. Day Center and Staff. Our Day Center serves as the administrative headquarters for our staff, including our Executive Director and Family Advocate. The guests use this as their home base while in the program. They have access to shower and laundry facilities, a mailing address, counseling services, budgeting classes, and case management.
3. Volunteers. Our program is reliant on a faithful volunteer network to care for guests at the church, assist our office staff at the Day Center, put on special events and help on our marketing & fundraising committees.
The ongoing program involves local faith communities hosting families for one week at a time in their facilities. Currently more than 40 congregations are involved in this Hospitality Program. We solicit host and support congregations, train their volunteers, and support each congregation’s volunteer coordinator.
We review applications from literally hundreds of families applying to be part of the Family Promise congregational program. Our Family Advocates assist the accepted families in developing a realistic plan of action to regain stability and establish a savings account. Qualified families are admitted for 30 days. Families who complete their goals and adhere to guest guidelines may extend their stay for another 30 days. The maximum stay is usually 90 days.
Our staff and volunteers do not have the expertise to serve families who are struggling with domestic violence, mental illness, or drug and alcohol abuse. We refer these individuals and families to other social service agencies throughout Gwinnett County and the Metro Atlanta area.