Our Success Helping Families
In 2018, Family Promise of Morris County served 1,000 individuals. We are proud to provide ongoing support to some of our most vulnerable neighbors.
In our Emergency Shelter (ES) Program in 2018, we served 14 families and 2 single women, totaling 39 individuals, and provided 4,816 bed nights. ES has continued its great success rate throughout the years, which reflects the number of families who move out of shelter into homes of their own. In 2018, ES had a 83% success rate. Click here to view our 2018 ES statistics.
Our Community Support Programs (CSP) served 39 families, including 58 children, and 31 single individuals and achieved a high success rate in 2017, helping families maintain their housing in the community. In 2018, CSP had a 97% success rate. Click here to view our 2018 CSP statistics.
We served 74 families through our Holiday Program, providing food, gifts and resources that our families rely on throughout the year.
At the Our Promise Drop-in Center in Morristown, we served 378 individuals with a total of 6,103 face-to-face contacts in 2018, providing critical services to the area’s chronically homeless population.
Emergency Shelter Program
Family Promise of Morris County provides emergency shelter and meals 365 days a year through a network of over 70 houses of worship in Morris County. Families facing homelessness (up to 14 individuals at a time) stay at different congregations of all faiths each week where dedicated volunteers provide a safe and comfortable temporary home for our families including sleeping quarters and a place where guests can relax, socialize, do homework and watch television.
During the day, families may utilize our Day Center to meet with their case manager, access phones and computers, and use the shower and laundry facilities.
A coordinator at each congregation is responsible for scheduling volunteers to prepare meals, serve as evening and overnight hosts, coordinate activities, organize supplies and assist the families as needed. If you are interested in volunteering in the network, please contact us for more information.
Community Support Program
The Community Support Program (CSP) provides assistance to those who have successfully transitioned from shelter into their own homes. CSP families receive in-home case management, 24-hour on call support/crisis intervention, financial literacy and debt reduction, mentoring programs, and in-kind support. We tailor our services to meet the needs of each family rather than trying to fit them into an existing mold. The main goal of this program is to keep families housed and together and to break the cycle of homelessness and generational poverty.
In 2012, CSP was expanded to include providing case management to families currently on our waiting list and those who have transitioned to permanent or transitional housing from other agencies. We are also working closely with other local non-profit organizations to connect their clients to additional community resources that they may need.
Family Promise of Morris County has expanded! Building on the agency’s long history of serving homeless clients, we have partnered with the First Baptist Church of Morristown to start a new program serving the local homeless population in Morristown.
Officially named Our Promise, the program is based out of the basement of the church, staffed by professionals and provides the following services: phone and computer access, mailing address, restrooms, warming/cooling center, information and referral, linkage to medical and dental services, case management, systems advocacy and more.
Our Promise is currently open Monday to Friday from 1:00pm to 5:00pm and can be reached by phone at 973-644-0100 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to building local partnerships with our new neighbors and others who share our mission of helping the homeless.
Single Stop is a program focused on building partnerships with fellow community service providers to increase the earned and unearned incomes of individuals and families. Single Stop utilizes a web-based technology that screens for benefits eligibility of four main benefits: SNAP (food stamps), WIC (nutritional assistance for pregnant women, infants, and children under five), health care, and tax credits. From there, a benefits enroller helps eligible individuals apply for these benefits, and others like GA and TANF (cash assistance), with other referrals and follow-up as needed. Building pathways out of poverty is crucial for the individuals and families we serve and at the core of our mission to end homelessness.
If you or someone you know is in need of benefits assistance, we can help. Call the Our Promise Drop-in Center at 973-644-0100 to make an appointment.
Navigating Hope is a partnership between Family Promise and Morris County Human Services that utilizes an outreach van to provide case management and a variety of services, including Single Stop screenings, for low-income and homeless individuals in the community. The van will target hard-to-reach communities and populations, and is intended to fill traditional gaps in community service provision. Navigating Hope outreach will also be a tremendous asset during Code Blue emergencies (extreme weather events and extreme cold conditions), will focus on prevention and diversion from a homelessness crisis, and access some of Morris County’s most vulnerable community members with direct support.
Click here to learn more about Navigating Hope and for the van schedule to see where we will be throughout the county, and in your neighborhood!
Keys to Housing Program
Keys to Housing is our housing voucher program that was created in 2014 and consists of up to 40 housing vouchers from various local, regional and federal partnerships. It also includes a Landlord/Tenant component that provides incentives to landlords and education to our prospective tenants.
The vouchers are targeted toward helping chronically homeless individuals and families secure permanent housing. We have a Housing Resource Program Coordinator that helps clients locate and navigate housing options and also serves as a liaison with landlords and the community. By providing incentives such as pre/post move-in painting, minor repairs, short term case management to other tenants that the landlord has identified, and training for clients on how to be a good tenant/neighbor, the success rate in obtaining housing with low fair market rent vouchers has been increased significantly.
Click here to learn how you can be a part of the solution through our Keys to Housing Campaign.
Transitional Housing & Case Management Program
We are excited about this great partnership with Christ Church of Rockaway. Abigail House is our Transitional Housing and Case Management Program for those affected by domestic violence. The property consists of 5 spacious and fully-furnished apartments and space for our social work staff to provide case management services for our families.
Finding affordable housing in Morris County is just the first of many challenges homeless families face in becoming self-sufficient. Abigail House will allow us to provide safe, affordable and well-maintained apartments for our families in transition, making it possible for them to focus on education, employment, family stability, financial literacy and other critical milestones.
Our annual Holiday Program offers food, gifts and gift cards to help with clothing, gas and groceries for adults and children in dozens of families who are in shelter or have moved out of shelter into our Community Support Program.
We know how important the holidays are to every child in every family and we also know how costly they can be for parents.
Working with various community groups, we provide an annual Holiday party for current and past families and ensure that everyone receives gifts from their personal wish lists.
Homelessness Education Program
Our Homelessness Education Program is an outreach service designed to educate the community about homelessness and the challenges faced by the families we serve and many others. This program emphasizes critical thinking skills, responsibility, prevention and education.
In 2013, we conducted 20 sessions through this program to volunteers and the community including high schools, civic groups, youth groups and congregations.
While in shelter, many families participate in our Adopt-A-Family Program to work with specially selected Family Promise of Morris County volunteers. These volunteers mentor families in many areas, helping them build skills, resources and confidence. They may offer financial assistance and, most importantly, they build a relationship with the families that fosters their transition to self-sufficiency and long term independence.