Family Promise Metrowest – How to help

Family Promise Metrowest

Homelessness can seem like an overwhelming problem. Many people wonder what one person or congregation can do to truly make a difference.

The Family Promise Metrowest Network provides a way for churches and synagogues to work together to help homeless families. Each congregation participating in the Network provides overnight lodging and meals for three to five families (up to 14 persons) for one week each quarter. Network “guests” stay in each congregation from 6:00 PM to 7:00 AM daily. Each morning, guests are taken to the day center where they meet with the Network director, care for pre-school children, make phone calls and seek housing and employment. The Family Promise Metrowest Network enables us to meet important basic needs of homeless families. Families with children make up the fastest growing segment of the homeless population. Usually, over half of the guests in the Network are children, and most of the children are under the age of six. Nationally, over 5,000 congregations participate in Family Promise Metrowest with literally thousands of volunteers who help families regain their independence.

Volunteers are the foundation of the Network. There are many ways that you can help. Whether you provide a hot meal, arrange activities for children, or stay overnight, you can make a difference in the lives of families who have suffered the ordeal of losing their home.

Our congregation is exploring ways we can participate in this important ministry. Please indicate your area of interest on the form on the other side and either place it in the offering plate or drop it off in the church office.

I hope you will join us in this new ministry; it may be the most meaningful outreach of your life!  www.familypromisemetrowest.org

 

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