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. Together we are ending homelessness – one family at a time.

We operate an 11-bed emergency shelter, the SaltLight Center, for single women and women with minor children. This facility is on a Lawrenceville church campus. We offer a resource center to help women using the emergency shelter to find longer term solutions for housing and employment.

Volunteers with Family Promise children at Norcross First United Methodist Church.

Volunteers with Family Promise children at Norcross First United Methodist Church.

For longer-term assistance, local faith communities host families for one week at a time in their facilities. Currently more than 40 congregations are involved. 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 case managers 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.

We provide a van and driver to transport family members who do not have vehicles to and from the Day Center and to appointments and interviews. The Day Center, on the campus of Lawrenceville First Christian Church, is for family members who are not working or in school during the day. At the Day Center they can work on resume and interview skills, take showers, do laundry, and use the resource center to look for employment and housing.

For families who graduate from Family Promise, we offer an aftercare program to help them stay on track with their long-term goals of self-sufficiency. We often partner with the Lawrenceville Housing Authority among other agencies to provide subsidized housing and case management for an additional one to two years.

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.