Family Promise of Ouachita

 

Family Promise of Ouachita

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Our Mission Statement

To partner with faith-based congregations and community resources to provide safe, transitional housing, meals, and support services for families with children in a manner that offers hope, preserves dignity, and promotes independence. 

What is homelessness?

Homelessness is being without a safe, warm place to sleep, eat, and care for children and living without the security of familiar people and belongings. The loss of one's home is a profound crisis for anyone, especially families. Parents endure the heartache of being unable to provide a secure environment for their families. And children, who now make up 39% of our nation's homeless population, are deprived of a fundamental requirement for healthy development. 

How many people are homeless?

Statistics vary depending on the source, but the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty estimates that 2.3 to 3.5 million people a year experience some form of homelessness. One out of every five children in the United States lives in poverty. Families with young children are the fastest growing portion of the homeless population, accounting for around 40%. 

What happens at Family Promise?

 

1. Congregational Hosting & Support

Three to four times a year, local interdenominational congregations provide overnight lodging, meals, hospitality and other assistance for our families.

2. Life Skills Classes

Basic job search and resume building, short and long term goal setting, New Beginnings Financial Literacy course, and other courses depending on family needs.

3. Day Center

The Day Center provides a homelike atmosphere for our guests from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Guests have showers, internet access, a mailing address and a phone, all of which are crucial to job & housing searches.

4. Transportation

5. Connecting with Community

Through the congregations and staff our guests get a chance to connect to many new people and local resources that may be beneficial to their specific needs.

By the Numbers

(June 6, 2009- September 1, 2015)

93 Families Served

201 Children Served

113 Adults Served

5901 Total Bed Nights

"No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another." -Charles Dickens