How Can I Help?
We are very fortunate to be asked this question often and our answer is, “help to fill shifts at our overnight shelter sites.” We rely so much on our network of overnight shelter volunteers to help make our program work. Our shelter is made up of an inter-denominational network of 14 host and 33 support congregations and over 1,000 community volunteers who provide: shelter, meals, security, companionship and respect for homeless families and individuals. At the shelter sites, volunteers welcome the families with a home-cooked meal every night, served with love. It is, at its core, a highly successful program of neighbors helping neighbors.
We would love for you to get involved in the work we do. Family Promise of Hunterdon County utilizes the talents and skills of people like you to assist us in caring for the families who come into our shelter. We have a great network of volunteers who cook for us, spend overnights, provide us with gift cards and services so we can meet our goal of helping families feel comfortable when staying at one of our host churches.
We also love having “Ambassadors” who can help us educate the community about homelessness in Hunterdon and the needs of a growing population called ALICE, Asset Limited Income Constrained Employed. ALICE is one paycheck away from homelessness. With the help of our community we can address the need for affordable housing in Hunterdon. When the community comes together to align for a purpose then we can make lasting changes. Family Promise is a model for how the faith based community came together to address a need in 1990 when they learned of homeless families in Hunterdon County.
We welcome you to call us with your ideas for how we can continue to work together to address issues of poverty and homelessness in Hunterdon County. Thank you for wanting to be part of a movement of people who have a mission to help their neighbors.
Donna Michelsen, Director of Network Services and Colleen Duerr, Development Director