Our Families - Our Guests
Through our Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN) we organize and facilitate overnight accommodations for families at host congregations throughout our community. Families in the program are called "guests" because we create a home environment for them through our hosts and at our day center. Guests are shown compassion and given comfort at the congregations. These hosts provide:
- A safe environment for guests to sleep;
- Meals with their volunteers and all the guests;
- Other essentials like linens and at times access to clothing closets at their church.
The day is a home-base for the guest. They are able to wash clothes, take showers, give baths to their children and spend time as a family. For our guests, our day center is a home where they may receive mail, make calls, seek employment, and at times rest.
- Children and their families are referred to us primarily from Anderson School Districts and other nonprofit organizations.
- Families that we are not able to help are referred to other organizations and United Way 2-1-1.
For a referral form, click here.
Eligibility Criteria for Participation
- Be must be without permanent housing;
- Have legal custody of minor children below the age of 18;
- Capable and willing to work full-time;
- Not be abusing alcohol or prescription drugs or using illegal substances AND submit to and pass drug screening;
- Submit to and pass a criminal background check;
- Not have an “active” domestic violence case nor in danger from a spouse, partner or other family members;
- Not be nor plan on becoming pregnant while in the program;
- Willing to abide by all guidelines, rules, and promises presented by Family Promise and the host congregations;
- Develop with staff a case management plan, fulfill weekly objectives and meet weekly with the case manager.
The Interfaith Hospitality Network