Family Promise of Greater Roanoke was established in August of 1997 and took its first family in 1998. In its first 15 years, Family Promise of Greater Roanoke helped an estimated 363 families consisting of 573 adults and 656 children.
Family Promise of Greater Roanoke empowers homeless families with children to achieve sustainable independence through a community-based response.
Our vision is a community in which every family has a home, a livelihood, and the chance to build a better future.
Family Promise is a program designed to help families with children who are experiencing homelessness. A network of 31 faith communities and over 1,000 volunteers provide temporary housing and meals for up to 4 families at a time (maximum 14 people). While families are in our program, they receive full-time case management to assist with overcoming the causes that led to homelessness. The families establish goals for employment, housing, education, and child care. Through a safe, nurturing environment, families can work on these goals to lead them to permanent housing and future success. Hospitality, a large support system of volunteers, and new life skills enable over 87% of our families to move to and maintain permanent housing.
Family Promise operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and only serves families with children.
Family Promise of Greater Roanoke is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that is independently affiliated with a national organization. The national organization, Family Promise, was founded in 1986 and is comprised of over 200 affiliates in 41 states (www.familypromise.org).