Family Promise of Tualatin Valley was formed to meet the needs of families experiencing homelessness in our community. A small group of individuals sought answers for the many children in need of a place to sleep while working in support services at the Tigard-Tualatin school district. They learned that many houseless families shared similar stories — the loss of a job, an unexpected medical expense, another raise in rent had contributed to losing their housing. Concerned by the lack of options for these families and inspired by the successes of other Family Promise affiliates in Oregon, these individuals built a passionate and motivated team to establish a Family Promise chapter dedicated to serving the communities of Tigard, Tualatin, Lake Oswego, Sherwood, and West Linn.
In October, 2016, we began hosting meetings around the community to engage others in joining our mission. Rolling Hills Community Church generously provided us the use of a house we could use for our Day Center and in October, 2018 we began a huge renovation under the expertise of Catalyst Partnerships NW, a volunteer contractor organization. After over 1800 volunteer hours of Day Center work we opened our doors to sheltering families experiencing homelessness in March of 2019. A labor of love by all who donated their time and money to create a beautiful, healing space for our families. Family Promise of Tualatin Valley is a chapter of the nationwide Family Promise program and one of over 200 affiliates that have opened their doors across the country since 1988.
Family Promise of Tualatin Valley believes that by keeping families together and preserving daily school routines during a period of homelessness greatly reduces stress and trauma while contributing to faster and more sustainable rehousing. The community families build in our program can have positive lifelong effects on each member in the family.
The communities of Tigard, Tualatin, Sherwood, Lake Oswego and West Linn contain hundreds of individuals experiencing homelessness right now. FPTV is a local resource for rotational shelter, case management and support for families as they travel their journey towards independence and finding their next home.
With the help of many amazing volunteers and donors extensive renovations to our day center have made the work of serving families possible. Attention to every detail down to the paint color on the wall was planned to create a homelike environment and to reduce stress on our families as they exhale and stabilize so they can plan for their futures.