HERE’S HOW FAMILY PROMISE WORKS:
Homeless families with children are usually referred by social service agencies and programs. From there, we conduct an initial phone interview, followed by a formal intake at the Family Promise office. We do conduct criminal background checks on all adult members of the family and can not accept people into the program who have a history of criminal violence, sexual offenses, or those who have perpetual encounters with law enforcement. Families fleeing a high-risk domestic violence situation will be referred to the appropriate programs that provide safe refuge.
Family Promise of Missoula has a 90-day limit of stay for guest families. Once accepted into the network of congregations, adults work on finding employment, housing, childcare, transportation, and other resources that will help stabilize their family in the future. Each Sunday, guest families rotate to a different host congregation, where facilities are set up for each family to have its own room for that week. Volunteers from partner faith congregations help by providing food, assistance with homework, playing games, and a compassionate ear.
During the week, families leave the host congregation by 7 am and head to the Family Promise Day Center, where they utilize the day to work on their goals and family plans. Transportation will be provided to and from the Day Center for those guests who don’t have a vehicle. At 5 pm, guest families return to the host church for the evening.