Frequently asked questions

FAMILY PROMISE OFTEN WORKS WITH CONGREGATIONS.  IS THERE A RELIGIOUS ASPECT TO THE ORGANIZATION?


Family Promise is a secular organization. However, because of the religious community’s mandate to serve, and the fact that they typically have space available during the week, Affiliates who use a rotational shelter model, utilize houses of worship from all faiths as shelter space for families. Many members of host congregations serve as volunteers for the Affiliate during their congregation’s host week. By working together in a network, an Affiliate’s congregations are strengthened as people of different faiths unite to work for a better community for all.




IS FAMILY PROMISE A HOMELESS SHELTER?


Yes…and so much more. We began thirty years ago as the Interfaith Hospitality Network and our core program was shelter. But over the years, as we have added new Affiliates, and existing Affiliates matured, we have continued developing a broad array of programs to serve low-income families and families experiencing homelessness. In 2003, we changed our name to Family Promise, more reflective of our ever-broadening scope. The name speaks to the promise we make to every family we serve, but also to the promise that is inherent in every family. Our model comprises preventative initiatives for families who are in danger of losing their homes, food, shelter, and case management to those who are experiencing homelessness, and stabilization programs to ensure that the independence of the families who have secured housing after leaving the program is sustainable. Today, we are the leading national organization addressing family homelessness.




IS MY DONATION TAX DEDUCTIBLE?


Yes. Family Promise of Riverside is a 501c3 charity that helps families experiencing homelessness. Checks can be made to FAMILY PROMISE OF RIVERSIDE and mailed to 7200 Magnolia Ave Riverside, CA 92504 You can also donate electronically by clicking the yellow donate button at the top of the page.




DO YOU ONLY SERVE FAMILIES AND WHAT IS YOUR DEFINITION OF FAMILY?


In our shelter programs, we serve families with children. Keeping families together is one of Family Promise’s priorities, and we define a family as any adults(s) with a custodial relationship with children. This includes families of all compositions and can include same sex parents and multi-generational families. We do not discriminate.




HOW IS FAMILY PROMISE FUNDED?


The largest percentage of funding comes from individual donors, who get to know Family Promise through volunteer efforts and fundraising events. Our donor base is committed to introducing new friends to Family Promise and is often engaged in events and campaigns to raise funds and awareness. Our corporate partners, in addition to providing major funding, rally employees to offer skills-based volunteering and programs that capitalize on their market expertise. Foundations also invest in Affiliate development and in programs such as Family Wellness and Homelessness Prevention. Congregations and civic organizations support Family Promise financially in addition to providing people-power. We receive government funding for local efforts as well.