Great River Family Promise provides shelter and support to children and their families experiencing homelessness in our communities.
Great River Family Promise Mission Statement:
Building partnerships throughout our communities to support children and families experiencing homelessness to achieve sustainable independence.
Our mission is to provide families experiencing homelessness the opportunity to achieve housing stability by providing short term shelter, food, case management and hospitality utilizing local resources within congregations and the community. We are a cooperative, interfaith ministry providing an opportunity for the community to be actively involved in addressing the complex needs of families experiencing homelessness. We are a small program that serves only 4 families ( or 14 people) at one time. We have partnered with 13 local churches who provide overnight shelter and three meals a day to our guests. We work closely with the social service agencies in the surrounding communities. Our volunteers keep our organization running 24/7/365.
In the last two and a half years we have made a difference in the lives of more than 100 individuals, with more than half of them being children. We are more than just a shelter, we are a program that helps families overcome barriers to housing stability. We follow our families for one year after leaving our program to ensure that families remain stable in their housing. We have been able to help 90% of our families obtain and maintain permanent affordable housing after leaving our shelter program.
One Family's Success:
Mike and his wife found themselves homeless after Mike was injured on the job and wasn't able to pay rent as the work comp claim was being disputed. They eventually ran out of places to stay after being evicted from their home, and ended up sleeping in their vehicle with their three children. That's when they turned to us. After spending their allotted time in our program, they moved into their permanent home in Big Lake. Mike and his wife were so touched by the support they were given and felt passionate about helping others that may find themselves where they once were, that they began to volunteer their time. They came to the Day Center to volunteer and also choose to volunteer at a local church during their host week. This year we decided that we could really use Mike's help on another level and hired him as an on call staff person. This family has truly come full circle!
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