Hosting Congregation


Family Promise’s shelter program relies on a partnership of interfaith congregations and other volunteer groups to help local families facing homelessness. Our host sites provide lodging, meals and hospitality to families in need. For families in the program, each day begins with breakfast at a host site with volunteers, followed by a van ride to our Center. In the evening, guests return to the host site, where volunteers provide dinner and spend some quality time. The evening hours are for homework, relaxing and family fun time, as they would be with any family. Each day ends with the family all together, under one roof.



Local houses of worship provide temporary overnight lodging in otherwise unused spaces in their buildings. A host congregation team of volunteers may be involved with the following:


  • Cooking and hosting dinner

  • Spending the evening with families, talking, tutoring kids or playing games

  • Sleeping overnight in the congregation

  • Coordinating children’s crafts & activities

  • Donating necessary supplies for the hosting week

  • Setting up and breaking down guest families’ room


  • Transporting the families to and from the Center to the host site

You can still be a volunteer even if you aren’t connected to one of our hosting congregations. If you want to volunteer, please contact our director, Angela Mountz, at (717) 737-1100 or director@familypromisehcr.org.


  • Families stay overnight, not 24 hours a day

  • Each congregation hosts families for just one week, four times a year

  • Guests consist of up to three families   (14 children & adults max)

  • Family Promise runs criminal background checks and drug screenings on all program participants



Host Churches

  • Camp Hill United Methodist Church

  • Dillsburg Brethren in Christ

  • Epiphany Lutheran Church

  • Fishing Creek Salem United Methodist Church

  • Hershey Seventh Day Adventist Church

  • Mechanicsburg Church of the Brethren

  • Our Saviour Lutheran Church

  • St. John's Lutheran Steelton

  • St. Michael's Lutheran Church (Harrisburg)

  • St. Paul's Lutheran of Dillsburg

  • Trindle Spring Lutheran Church

Partner Churches

  • Christ Presbyterian Church

  • Derry Presbyterian Church

  • Fairview Brethren in Christ

  • First United Methodist Church (Hershey)

  • Good Shepherd Lutheran Church

  • Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church

  • St. Peter Lutheran Church

We need your help! Can your faith group become a host or support congregation?

Become A Host Congregation

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Why do you volunteer?

"I continue to support FP because I feel they provide hope and help to families who have fallen on hard times and need encouragement to get back on their feet. I have great empathy for the families but especially for the children."

~Ada, volunteer since 2010