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.
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
Supporting congregations provide volunteers, financial, and other support.
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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