No Child Should be Homeless


Host Congregations About four to six 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 the eight to thirteen Host congregations in Family Promise of Roane County, which provide lodging for three to five families (up to…


In a typical Family Promise program over half of the guests are children, most of whom are under the age of 6. From HART COC: PIT count: On January 22nd, 2019 during the HUD point in time count in Roane County 11 people were counted that night as being homeless – 11 were adults and…


Please help us provide compassion, care and hope for our homeless families in Roane County. You, your family, your community and your congregation or community organization can help Family Promise in three ways: Money Please consider making a financial contribution to Family Promise of Roane County. All donations are tax deductible. Family Promise of Roane…




Meet our New Family Coach

Meet our New Family Coach

In recognition of National Social Workers Month, we would like to introduce the Family Promise of Roane County community to our new Family Coach, Tabitha Renea Lawson. Tabitha comes to us with over twenty-three years of experience in case management having spent...

February 2023 Newsletter

Family Promise of Roane County February Newsletter What we're excited about in February! FPRC Graduated a Family of 2! We are excited to announce that Family Promise of Roane County has graduated yet another family thanks to your generosity and support. Our family...


Welcome New Director

Family Promise of Roane County welcomes their new director – Meet Charles Elmore.


Meet Us at the Farmers’ Market

Beginning July 17, every other Saturday, Family Promise of Roane County will have a table at the Kingston Farmers’ Market. The market is located in Bethel Presbyterian Church’s parking lot and runs from 8:00 A.M. through 11:00 A.M. Come by to see us and to find out the latest news about the program. Check out the ways you can help, or you may want to pick up a Family Promise tee shirt at the market.

Future Plans

Family Promise has served several families this past year by providing hotel rooms, food and other basic necessities as well as case management. Plans are in the works to return to a fuller program this November. Bethel is signed up to host families the week of Christmas.

Thank you!

Bethel wishes to thank Eric Windhausen for serving as our volunteer coordinator with Family Promise for the past two years. Now that he has moved to Oklahoma, Jan Rybka will assume that role until further notice. Also note that Melanie Sherrod, as Service Team Chair, is Bethel’s liaison to Family Promise. Melanie and Wendy also serve on the Family Promise Board.

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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