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A Few Words of Farewell

When Krissy Marshall began her position as executive director of the brand new branch of the Family Promise program in 2010, she knew it would be hard. “There was a lot I had to learn on the job,” reflects Krissy, who was the only staff member at the time. “No other job could have taught […]

Meet & Greet: Leeann Shearer

If you stopped by the Family Promise day center in Lemoyne last fall, you may have run into one of our interns, Leeann Shearer. A graduate student in clinical psychology at Millersville University, Shearer wanted to get some experience working with families. Her responsibilities included making new connections with churches, finding volunteers to help with […]

What makes FPHCR different?

We are lucky to have a variety of shelter programs in the area. A question we frequently hear is, “Isn’t Family Promise duplicating services of other shelters?” Our answer is always the same. We are happy to not be alone in this battle! Homelessness is a challenging and multi-faceted issue. We feel lucky to have […]

Green Eggs & Ham

Malachi, four years old, has not always been the most interactive. He participated in our summer camp, but after that, he sort of retreated to himself. His sister went to school. He’s not old enough yet. He spent a lot of time on the computer. He’d watch videos and take naps throughout the day. Volunteers […]

Meet & Greet: Laura Durant

Laura Durant knows how many volunteers it takes to pull off a successful Family Promise host week at her church—she helps to coordinate them all! Laura and her husband Chris are members at Camp Hill United Methodist Church, which partners with Family Promise to provide a week of accommodation, transportation, and meals to program guests […]

Family Fun: Stacey gets a new car!

I remember Stacey’s first day in the program. She, her husband, and their 4 boys (Jonathan, Alex, Trevor, and Junior) moved into Family Promise in March of 2015. I was immediately impressed by Stacey. I could tell right away what an incredible mother and wife she was. Stacey was able to get a good job […]

One is too many

Putting a number on our area’s homeless population is not easy.  This population lives in transition – maybe living with family, in a car, on the street, or hidden in vacant buildings and underpasses.  In 2015, The Capital Area Coalition on Homelessness (CACH) counted 402 homeless people, including 134 children, in Harrisburg and Dauphin County. With the […]

Welcome to the Family Promise Blog

Look here to learn more about Family Promise Harrisburg Capital Region through stories about our volunteers and families as well as topics that will help you understand the big picture of homelessness in our community and world. Please help us grow our network of support by sharing our posts and inviting people you know to follow […]

Thank you, Family Promise volunteers. We appreciate your kind hearts. You have showed me a wonderful time and also helped me believe that there is a God above. We love you and God bless

— Kathy