Family Proomise of Sussex County NJ Interfaith Hospitality Network
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About SCIHN: How We Help

The Family Promise shelter program unites over 40 religious congregations in Sussex County, New Jersey to help homeless families. Congregations provide overnight shelter, support and meals for u[ to fourteen (14) individuals or four (4) families for one week every few months, on a rotating schedule. This network of approximately 1,000 volunteers provides compassionate support to our guests. During the weekdays, families come to our Daycenter where staff members meet with them weekly to assist them with identifying goals, developing action plans and carry out the tasks necessary to achieve their individual successes and move them into permanent housing and family stability.


Hosting and Supporting Congregations

Hosting rotates weekly among the host congregations in our network. During a hosting week, the congregations provides food, hospitality, and lodging to the families (guests) in the program. 

Supporting congregations provide volunteers, financial, and other support.

Host Church                                                               Support Church
Branchville Methodist Church                                  Andover United Methodist Church
Christ Community Church                                        Baleville Congregational
Christ Episcopal Church                                           Blessed Kateri RC Church
Church of the Good Shepherd                                 Branchville Presbyterian
Frankford Plains United Methodist Church           Christ Community Church
Franklin Presbyterian                                               Congregation B'nai Emet
Lafayette Federated Church                                    Glenwood Baptist Church
Newton Presbyterian                                                 Holy Counselor Lutheran Church       
Newton United Methodist Church                           Jewish Center of Sussex County
Our Lady of Fatima                                                    Our Lady of Mt. Carmel
Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church                 St. James Thomas the Apostle Church
Sparta United Methodist Church                             St. Monica Catholic Church
Sparta Presbyterian Church                                    Stillwater Presbyterian Church
St. Francis de Sales RC Church                              Sussex Christian Reformed
St. Mary Episcopal Church                                       Sussex United Methodist Church
St. Thomas Episcopal Church                                 Temple Shalom
Stanhope United Methodist Church                        Unitarian Universalist Fellowship                  
Stockholm United Methodist Church                      Vernon United Methodist Church                  
Sussex Presbyterian Church                                   Wantage United Methodist Church
                                                                                       Waterloo United Methodist Church

Day Center

During the day, guests use the Day Center in Newton. A 15-passenger van transports guests between the Day Center and the host congregations.

The Day Center is the guests’ home base. It provides them with a mailing address, phone service, and computer access to enable guests to find housing and employment.

Case managers and guests work together at the Day Center. Together they support the guest’s steps toward self-reliance and establish the goals and strategies needed to achieve sustained independence.


Volunteers are the heart of the program. Volunteers prepare meals, provide hospitality, help guests find jobs and housing and share their specialized skills, such as resume writing, financial planning and parenting.

Social Service Agencies

Family Promise collaborates with other service providers to help our guests obtain housing, job mentoring, counseling and social and health services.

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