There are many misconceptions about how the Fort Bend Family Promise program works. Here are some facts:
Families in the program spend the night in the Day Center building.
There are a number of shelters that support homeless families in Fort Bend County.
Family Promise receives funding from the national Family Promise organization.
Family Promise has chosen to construct a new Day Center facility versus remaining long-term in its current location.
Most of the adults who enter the Family Promise program are unemployed.
Family Promise struggles to help large numbers of families.
Families in the program are primarily from the neighborhood surrounding the current Day Center.
Families DO NOT spend the night at the Day Center. Overnight accommodations are provided at the hosting congregations, or when necessary, at a motel.
Fort Bend Family Promise is the only organization that shelters homeless families in Fort Bend County.
While the national Family Promise office provides ideas and resources Fort Bend Family Promise can use, Fort Bend Family Promise is financially independent from the national organization.
The current Day Center is in poor condition and its owner plans to demolish the building as soon as Family Promise moves out.
90% of the adults enrolled in the Family Promise program have jobs. Most families have never been homeless before. Typically, an unexpected event such as: the loss of a job, an illness, or a family crisis is the catalyst for a family losing their home.
The Family Promise program is successful because of the intensive case management families receive. They program enrolls 3 to 4 families at a time (national cap is 14 people) and is committed to equipping families with skills needed for long term self-sufficiency. In 2012, 28 families, a total of 107 people, received support. Of those, 92% are back in their own homes.
While 35% of the families have been from Missouri City, the program supports families from all over Fort Bend County. In 2012, 29% of the families were from the Richmond/Rosenberg area.