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…



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.

Thanksgiving 2022 Newsletter

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October 2022 Newsletter

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Night Without a Bed 2021

Summer 2021 Night Without a Bed It’s time again for our Night Without a Bed Fundraiser! On Saturday, June 26 friends of Family Promise all around the country will spend the night NOT in their own bed. By doing so, we plan to raise awareness of how difficult it is so...

November Monthly Snap Shot

by Shannon Hargreaves - Family Promise Roane Director We are approaching the holiday season in a year, unlike any other. Regardless of the challenges of 2020, you have prioritized and supported families whose housing is unstable, sustained community, and stepped in at...

October 2020 Newsletter

Words from the Heart I came to Family Promise of Roane County at, what I thought, was the worst time of my life as a parent. My family had just lost our home after loosing my job. When we first arrived, I was completely terrified. I had three small children and...

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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