Our History

Family Promise of Morris County is a not-for-profit agency, an affiliate of the national organization, Family Promise, which started in 1986, in Union County NJ. This program has been replicated nationwide, involving 135,000 volunteers from 4,500 congregations through 177 affiliates in 41 states. Unique in our approach, we utilize over 75 volunteer congregations throughout the county to provide shelter space, overnight staffing and meals to our families. This dedication and commitment of up to 1,600 individual volunteers annually makes Family Promise of Morris County the most cost-effective local shelter program. A large group of congregations and civic groups use their space to provide, on a rotating schedule, temporary overnight shelter for families in need.

We recognize that poverty and homelessness are multifaceted problems that require a multifaceted response; and we respond by integrating educational outreach, innovative programming, community advocacy, and the hands-on work of thousands of volunteers. Our programming is designed to address the cycle of generational poverty and homelessness as well as the emerging challenges that many families face for the first time in this difficult economy. All of our services foster children and families’ determination to maintain physical and mental health as well as financial stability, independence and permanent housing in the community.