Family Promise of Bradley County addresses the issue of family homelessness in Bradley County. We utilize existing community resources to provide a safe stable home-like environment for qualified homeless families with children.
Each week a different host congregation provides overnight accommodations and meals, the day center provides showers, transportation, and help with obtaining employment and permanent housing.
Homelessness is being without a safe warm place to eat, sleep,and care for children, living without the security of familiar people and belongings. These parents endure the heartache of being unable to provide a secure environment for their children, which make up 46 percent of our nation's homeless population.
It is difficult to obtain an accurate homeless census. However, information released from the U.S. Census Bureau 2010 report on poverty shows that Bradley County has a population of 96,764 people. 22,190 of those people are living below the poverty level, and 7,424 of those are children. So yes, we do have a homeless problem but we believe with your help we can work together to combat homelessness in Bradley County.
We target motivated families who are without a home who are ready and willing to work to change their lives. Families must go through a rigorous screening process before they are admitted into the program. We receive referrals from community resources, churches, school guidance counselors, friends, and family.
Guests arrive at the host congregation at 5:30 p.m. Volunteers welcome the families home, eat dinner family style, and fellowship with the guests. Overnight hosts arrive just before bedtime for introductions and sleep at the church in case of an emergency. Each family is given a room that has been transformed into a home. Volunteers have a room to themselves as well. Everyone is up and out the door by 7 a.m. the next morning. However, on Saturday the families sleep in, not leaving until 10 a.m. Throughout the week and on the weekend, the Day Center is available to the guests as needed. The Case Manager meets with families regularly and works to empower the adults to overcome obstacles.