Do you have a need for shelter? Please read the following on our program and what it involves.
At Family Promise of Hunterdon, professional staff help families resolve their homelessness, Monday through Friday, 7 am – 5 pm at the day shelter, which is located at the Flemington Presbyterian Church. At the end of the weekday, and on weekends, our families go “home” to one of our 15 Host Congregations. At the congregational “homes” volunteers welcome the families with a home-cooked meal every night, served with love and companionship. There are 45 congregations in the IHN network -14 host sites and 31 support congregations, with over 1,000 volunteers staffing these sites.
A typical schedule during the week is as follows:
6:30am – Guests are picked up at the host church site by the Link and driven to the Day Center in Flemington
7:00am – 5:00pm – Guests spend the day at our Day Center, at work, at school, or in search of work and services
5:00pm – Guests are transported by the Link to the host church site where they have dinner, enjoy some time with volunteers, and spend the night (each family sleeps in a separate room)
On the weekends, guests spend the day and night at the host church site and then each Sunday, move to the next church at about noon.
Our program is designed for families so they will always get first priority. We can take single women if there is space available, but families always get priority.
The Family Promise Shelter Program is just that – a program. While we provide safe, comfortable, loving shelter thanks to our volunteers and congregations, we also require that guests actively participate in case management with a goal of finding housing and long-term stability. This involves our guests (with the help of case management) connecting with other social services agencies to access appropriate services, using tools to job search and/or pursue educational opportunities, and develop a long-term housing plan.