How We Work
Family Promise of Tualatin Valley (FPTV) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3), non-denominational organization for families approaching homelessness or without homes. We are an affiliate of the national Family Promise Program which has more than 200 Affiliates in 43 states. An a national program, more than 6000 congregation/organizations and 200,000 volunteers make up the networks that support families.
Family Promise affiliates, including FPTV, are a cost-efficient, effective, and replicable community response to family homelessness. Because we make use of existing community resources, the program can be implemented quickly, without major start-up costs.
There are six basic components to our program.
The hosting of families rotates weekly among the 13 Hosts. In turn, each host provides safe sleeping space, three meals a day, and caring hospitality for our families for up to 4 times a year. The ideal number of Hosts is 13. A Support Hosts may not have the physical space available to serve overnight guests, but can provide much needed volunteers, supplies and finances.
Guests use the FPTV Day Center from approximately 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. where our Director and/or housing navigator, provide case management services. At the FPTV Day Center, guests pursue employment, tend pre-school children, shower, and do laundry. The Day Center is a home like environment and provides guests with a mailing address and a base for housing and employment searches. Many guests are employed during the day, while older children attend school.
The FPTV program provides families with transportation from the Day Center to Host locations and back.
FPTV is a 501(c)(3) organization and will be financed through donations, grants, and fundraising. The first year operating budget is $168,000.
Social Service Agencies:
FPTV works in collaboration with Social Service agencies by providing families with supported access to housing, employment and other groups that can support a family’s efficient path to sustainable housing. The Tigard-Tualatin, Sherwood, and Lake Oswego school districts and local social service agencies may refer families to Family Promise. Agencies may also participate in initial family screenings.
Volunteers are essential to our success and provide a wide range of services like cooking and serving meals, playing with children or helping them with homework, interacting with guests with respect and compassion, and providing overnight supervision. The success of FPTV depends upon its volunteers.