Great River Family Promise provides shelter and support to children and their families experiencing homelessness in our communities.
Great River Family Promise Mission Statement:
Building partnerships throughout our communities to support children and families experiencing homelessness to achieve sustainable independence.
Our mission is to provide homeless families the opportunity to achieve housing stability by providing short term shelter, food, case management and hospitality utilizing local resources within congregations and the community. We are a cooperative, interfaith ministry providing an opportunity for the community to be actively involved in addressing the needs of homeless families. We use a variety of community efforts to make our mission happen. We have partnered with 13 local churches who provide overnight sheltering and three meals a day to our guests. We work closely with the social service agencies in the surrounding communities. And our mission and establishment would not be possible without the volunteers we have who keep our organization running 24/7/365.
One Family's Story...
On July 24th, 2013 we received a call from a Princeton Hospital social worker saying there was a homeless family with two newborn twin baby girls. If the family couldn't find a place to stay, the babies would have to go to foster care. On the evening of July 25th, our case manager waited at the host church for the family to arrive. The family was delayed due to the car breaking down several times along the way. The church volunteers and case manager were filled with joy when the family finally arrived! The first home for these 3 day old babies was a safe place provided by Great River Family Promise!
This family had nothing for the babies but a few diapers and outfits from the hospital. The church had a room all set up for them wiht a crib and a table full of clothes, diapers, and wipes for the twins. The next day at the day center, the mother wasted no time on working on their goals and she went down the list of housing; making phone calls for housing applications. The father soon found a temporary job on one of the local farms, while the mom continuously called for housing and cared for her little ones. Through the Salvation Army, we were notified there was an opening on one of their new apartment buildings for a long term homeless family and they qualified!
On October 1, 2013 the family moved into their new home. Not only did they leave with the blessing of The Great River Family Promise staff, they left with a huge moving truck full of furniture from Great River Area Faith in Action, baby clothes, diapers, clothing for the family, all donated by volunteers. This family left with all of the resources they needed to succeed in their new community.