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Family Promise Metrowest


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.http://www.familypromisemetrowest.org/index.html

The Family Promise model was founded in New Jersey in 1988 by Karen Olson. We use a simple approach of mobilizing existing community resources to serve families who are without a home.    Host congregations furnish safe, overnight lodging and meals one week at a time, three to four times a year.  Families are provided intensive professional support to regain their sustainability at a Day Center.   Since its inception, Family Promise has served 850,000 family members across the United States and includes over 6,000 congregations in over 200 affiliates.

Family Promise Metrowest opened our doors to welcome our first guests in October 2008 with 21 member congregations:  13 host and 8 support congregations.  Today we number 50 congregations from 12 towns; 70 business and community partners; 3,000 volunteers, from faith houses, schools, colleges, civic organizations, businesses and the community at large.

This remarkable support has enabled us to grow our programming to more effectively serve our families.  In 2013, Family Promise Metrowest began a Transitional Living Program to address the needs of families after they left shelter.  We offer subsidies and case management for an additional 1-2 years to increase their long- term sustainability and success.

In 2015, we launched Steps to Success, a comprehensive employment initiative assisting families to reach their highest earning potential. Intensive case management is provided along with subsidies for education, training, day care and transportation, often barriers in pursuing career objectives.

Our newest program LIFE (Local Initiative for Family Empowerment) is a homelessness prevention program. LIFE supports families who are at risk of eviction but not yet homeless by supplying subsidies to pay rent in arrears, advocating with the landlord to prevent eviction, and providing intensive case management.

After a thoughtful needs-assessment process and careful search, in 2017 we purchased and renovated a building that addresses our need for additional space, privacy, and room for future expansion. Our new Day Center is located at 6 Mulligan Street in Natick and has enabled us to provide privacy and dignity for our families, comfortable office space for our staff, and most importantly room to grow our programming. We are proud of our past, excited for the present and enthusiastic for a future where we can continue meeting the needs of local families. 

For more information contact:

Christina Oliver - 617-529-9246  or christina.oliver20@gmail.com

Diana Carroll - 617-435-5383 or Diana.carroll4@gmail.com


Village Church is hosting Family Promise again!March 1 – March 8, 2020

 Thank you for your help in the past, we hope we can count on you again to volunteer. As most of you know, Family Promise Metrowest is a cooperative, interfaith partnership offering hope to homeless families with children through safe transitional shelter, meals, and supportive case management as they seek permanent housing. On Sunday, March 1 families will again move into and call Village Church HOME for one week. Our classrooms will once again be transformed into bedrooms for each family. Volunteers like you and from St. Andrew’s will be bringing meals, serving, eating together, playing with children, doing laundry, setting up rooms or staying overnight. There are opportunities to participate and make a difference. PLEASE SIGN UP SOON; it is such a wonderful opportunity and we need as many people as possible. Follow this link to sign up!

Valentine Love for the Family Promise Families!

As Village Church prepares to host four Family Promise families the week of March 1-8, we would cherish your help in showing love to the families! On the white board in Village Common, you will find hearts that name items that will be helpful as we shower love on our guests. Take a heart and bring back your items anytime on or before Sunday, February 16 and place them in the baskets under the white board. Provide craft items and small toys for the kids or pamper the parents by providing products for “Spa Night”. Thank you for helping to make their stay with us joyful and peaceful!