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A Community Response to Family Homelessness

Our Program

What is Family Promise?

Family Promise of Harrisburg Capital Region (FPHCR) is a nonprofit agency to serve families who recently lost their homes. We are one of over 200 Family Promise affiliates in 41 states. Over 160,000 volunteers serve in Family Promise affiliates nationwide. Please check out our fphcr-annual-report-2015-2016.

Each Family Promise affiliate operates a program called an Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN). IHNs have five parts:

  1. Evening Host Congregations: Each team of 13 congregations takes turns providing on-site lodging, meals and hospitality for three to four displaced families at a time. Every congregation in the team serves four times per year, for one week each time, on their own church (or synagogue, temple, etc.) property. Some congregations have partner congregations as well. Partner congregations assist with filling those volunteer responsibilities at the host congregation but do not host at their own church. For a list of our involved congregations, please click on “Partners”. For more information, here is our FPHCR Brochure2017.
  2. Evening Volunteers: Volunteers provide a variety of services: cooking and serving meals, playing with children, helping with homework, and staying overnight. This is a chance for helping hands of all ages to live out their faith in a practical and rewarding way. For information on volunteering, please see our “Volunteer” page.
  3. Day Center: The Day Center houses our regional Family Promise office. It is the “home base” for our families. It is where everyone showers, does laundry, and gets ready for school or work. It is staffed by professional social services personnel, who generally get our families back on track to their own homes in 90 days or less. Our Day Center is named in honor of Yvonne and is named the Yvonne Young Esworthy Day Center. Read Yvonne’s story. We recently moved. Call for a tour of the new center!
  4. 14 Passenger Van: Each day, the van transports our families to and from the day center and the current week’s evening host congregation. Each weekend, the van takes everyone to the next week’s evening host congregation.
  5. Funding and Support: It takes $70 to $90 to cover daily costs for one displaced family. We rely on the generosity of individuals, congregations, companies, and foundations to fund and support us. We invite you to give a “hand up” to parents and kids who are currently without homes.

We also provide after-care services to our families and preventative case management to families on our waiting list. To read more specifically about our services, please click on our FPHCR Guest Brochure.

If you’re in need of services or know a family in need, click here for information on how to apply.

I’m staying here because my kids are busy having so much fun with the volunteers that they don’t even know they’re homeless.

— Becky