Family Promise of Anderson County started as a project of the Leadership Anderson Class in 2009. By the spring of 2010, host congregations had been recruited and trained and the first guests selected for the Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN). The network operated with 13 host congregations and over 20 support congregations until September 2012 when the doors closed to the day center and families were moved into other programs. The board of directors determined that the organization needed financial stability and some structural reorganizing.
For several months, board members and volunteers worked to raise funds for the programs, to establish policies and to hire new staff. With a new staff and a dedicated board, Family Promise began planning for its reopening. New eligibility criteria and IHN policies were developed. New volunteers were trained from 10 host congregations. On Friday, October 25, 2013, Family Promise hosted their grand re-opening of the day center and on Sunday hosted their first family at New Covenant Presbyterian Church.
How We Can Help
Family Promise coordinates local faith-based congregations in the IHN Program which provides congregational spaces for overnight stays, volunteers to prepare and share dinner and food and other items to get a family through the day. At the day center, staff deliver case management services, coordinate community services, and counsel guests as needed. Case management services include an assessment of the guests and their specific barriers to self-sufficiency, short-term milestones with tasks to accomplish and long-term goals to help plan for their future. Part of that plan includes financial education through New Beginnings which teaches guests to budget, spend frugally and plan for unexpected expenses.
Through a new partnership with Grace Episcopal Church, Family Promise offers The Grace to Succeed Transitional Housing Program for guests as they exit the IHN Program but still need case management support. The Grace Sunshine Houses will provide an affordable, safe and consistent home for guests as they start work, pay off debt and become fiscally stable.
We are focused on providing ways to get families into more stable housing situations, therein breaking the cycle of homelessness. There are over 180 Family Promise Affiliates around the country. To visit the national Family Promise website, see www.familypromise.org. Become a fan of Family Promise of Anderson County on Facebook to keep up with current events and exciting news from our network.
How You Can Help
You can help by assisting your congregation to become a host congregation. Another way to help is to assist your congregation to become a Support Congregation.
Support Congregations partner to help host congregations during their host week. You can also help by becoming a sustaining financial supporter. Every annual, quarterly, or monthly gift from families or congregations help sustain our core services and programs. Last, but not least, you can volunteer your time and labor in other ways. We have myriad ways of volunteering to including working to help plan and carry out awareness and fundraising events to general office support. We also appreciate professional expertise to serve on advisory and planning committees.
Steve Compton, Executive Director
Kecia Walker, Program Director
Claflin University, BA Sociology
2017 Board of Directors
Guy Eichman, Chairperson
Retired Army, Self-Employed
Richard Wilson, Vice-Chair
Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church, Easley
Jim Boyer, Treasurer
Grace Episcopal Church, Outreach Committee
Nancy Creaney, Secretary
Branch Manager, Woodforest National Bank
Northeast Regional Director, State of Georgia-Dept. of Community Health