Frequently Asked Questions
Who do you help?
Family Promise of Effingham helps families with minor children who have lost their housing. We can assist up to 3 families at a time, for up to 90 days. Families entering cannot be fleeing domestic violence, actively using drugs/alcohol (we drug screen), have severe mental health issues, or have felony records.
What do you provide for them?
We provide shelter, meals, basic needs (clothing, toiletries, personal items), case management, referrals and resources. All adults meet with a Case Manager (to assist in job seeking/placement) and a Financial Counselor (to learn better management of finances and start a savings). We also provide them with a support system; volunteers who are there for them each day.
Why do you help these families?
Families are the fastest growing population of the homeless. In 2010, the homeless family population increased by 9% and currently homeless families are 40% of the entire homeless population. These parents need help and these children need a chance for a stable childhood. We want to help.
Where do you provide this help?
Family Promise of Effingham partners with inter-faith congregations in our community who provide their facilities, volunteers and financial support to assist these families. Currently we have 12 hosting congregations (house families in their facility) and 3 support congregations (who provide more volunteers and/or financial support). The host congregations provide their facility for a week at a time, about once every 3 months (on a rotating schedule). Families arrive about 6:30pm for dinner, stay in the evening and overnight. During the day kids go to day care or school and parents go to work or use our Day Center as a “home base” in the day (which has computer/internet, phone, tv, microwave/fridge). On Sundays the families move to the next host church site. (We have transportable beds.)
When can someone come in the program?
Families that are in need call us throughout the week. Many are referred by local agencies like schools, Family and Children Services or United Way. We screen families over the phone and when we have an opening, we bring the family in for an interview to go over the guidelines of the program. If family agrees to enter, we contact the family again within a week to schedule their intake.
How do you help these families?
We provide them with a safe place to be and a chance to save their money while normal living expenses are covered in order to get back into their own housing again. Each adult, once working, must disclose all income to our Case Manager who then assists them in putting anywhere from 60% to 90% of their income into a savings account. Once enough money is saved, we assist with local financial resources for the move, and families get back into housing. (We also assist with local resources for furniture and household items they will need.)
How do I apply for the program?
Call Family Promise of Effingham, Monday through Friday, between the hours of 9am and 5pm.