FAMILY PROMISE IS HERE!
After looking for a new home for their Day
Center, Family Promise of Anderson County has arrived. On
Monday, May 9, 2011 Family Promise officially opened its doors at
our Luther House location. The Family Promise program is a
national nonprofit 501 (c)(3)organization begun in 1988 to assist
homeless families by providing meals, shelter, and support services.
Up to 14 individuals, consisting of 2-3 families, are cared for at a
time by a network of local congregations. Families are admitted on a
30 day basis and must be screened to be drug and alcohol free,
undergo a background check, and undergo a review of their past three
years of employment and housing records.
The Day Center (the Luther House) provides
office space for Mark Wise, the Network Director and for a social
worker. Guests use the Day Center Monday through Friday from
7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. to work on job resumes, find housing and
employment, care for pre-school children, shower and do laundry.
Many guests are employed during the day and go to work. During
the school year, children go to school. The Day Center
also provides guests with a mailing address.
In the evening, guests are transported as
a group by van to one of 14 participating local Host congregations
that provide a place to sleep (on cots), shower (those that have the
facilities) and supper and breakfast. Each Host
congregation provides these services for one week (four times a
year). On Sunday afternoon guests move to the next host
Besides Mark Wise serving as Director,
staff includes a social worker who provides case management
services, and two van drivers. Family Promise of Anderson has
an annual budget of $109,000 and is funded by grants, fundraisers,
contributions and churches. Family Promise provides its
own insurance and covers all utilities and maintenance issues that
To be added to the list to receive regular
email updates on Family Promise, send an email to:
To find out more about the program visit
the web at: