Family Promise of Roane County

About Family Promise

Family Promise was founded on the belief that people want to make a difference. Our commitment is to help homeless families achieve sustainable independence. We mobilize more than 110,000 volunteers in 41 states involving more than 5,000 Houses of Faith or community organizations.

The first Family Promise Interfaith Hospitality Network began in Summit, NJ, in 1986 when founder, Karen Olsen, saw the need to help families. We are one of almost 200 affiliates across the county affiliated with Family Promise, a national non-profit organization committed to helping homeless families achieve lasting independence.

Recognizing that poverty is a multifaceted problem that requires a multifaceted response, we act by integrating educational outreach, smart programming, effective policies and the hands-on work of thousands of volunteers, who come from every faith.

Operating for 30 years, we have served more than 250,000 people, most of our clients are children.

Reflections on Family Promise

“Family promise was a life saver for me and my family. It gave the support I needed to get through this stressful time in my life.”
–Parent, age 35

“During our crisis it was peaceful to come to a church and feel protected. Although our home moved weekly, we felt loved and that we would not be abandoned until I was able to secure a permanent job and secure stable housing.”
Parent, age 29

“Family Promise helped my family in lots of ways. They provided you with food, transportation, and games for the children. Every day the members of the church would come and spend the night so you and your children will have someone to talk to.”
- Child, age 11