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 hot 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. Please take time to look below and learn more about each sector of Great River Family Promise.
Four times a year – for one week at a time – Host Congregations provide overnight lodging, meals (supper, breakfast, and brown-bag lunch), and hospitality. Hosting rotates among our thirteen Host Congregations partnered with our program. They each provide lodging for three to four families (up to fourteen individuals) from 6:00 p.m.to 7:00 a.m. the next morning.
Volunteers are the heart of our program and mission; without them, it cannot exist. Volunteers provide a variety of services: cooking and serving meals, playing with children or helping them with homework, and assisting our staff at the Day Center. Beyond providing lodging and meals at the churhces, volunteers interact with the guests, treating them with respect and responding with compassion.
Social Service Agencies
Local social service agencies refer families to Great River Family Promise. The agencies may also help guests find housing, jobs, and other services. Since Family Promise is primarily comprised of volunteers, the social service agencies help guest families access serves needs once they exit out program as well.
Guests use a local Day Center, a home style space here in Elk River, from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. to shower, care for pre-school children, seek employment and receive case management. Many guests are employed during the day and go to work. During the school year, children go to school. The day center provides guests with a mailing address and a home base from which to conduct their housing search. The Executive Director’s office, as well as the Case Manager’s are located at the Day Center.
A program van transports guests to and from the day center. The van is used to carry personal belongings and luggage to the next Host Congregation.