Christ Church supports Family Promise Chicago North Shore, a nonprofit transitional shelter program whose mission is to return homeless or near-homeless families to permanent housing and financial stability.

Christ Church has become a Family
Promise Chicago North Shore partner!
Join us in fulfilling our promise to host up to 4 families.

Click Here to Donate to Help Cover Costs

 

Family Promise is a holistic approach to preventing homelessness.

Family Promise supports families with children who are currently homeless — or at-risk for becoming homeless — with a supportive pathway to self-sufficiency.   They offer a comprehensive approach that provides these families:

 

  • Day and nighttime transitional shelter
  • 3 nutritious meals a day
  • Transportation to job interviews, work and school
  • Job search training and assistance
  • Budgeting and financial literacy training
  • Holistic access to counseling and social services

Questions? Email: Elizabeth Parkinson

 

The effectiveness of Family Promise makes it easy to believe in their mission.

Unlike a traditional shelter, Family Promise keeps families together.   They offer an  individualized approach to returning families to financial stability.   By directing resources to only 3-4 families at a time, they greatly increase the chances for a long-term positive outcome. The overwhelming majority of Family Promise families never return to homelessness.

 

Family Promise enables us to put all of our resources to work in God’s name.

As a participating congregation, Christ Church hosts up to 4 families at a time, for a week, 2-3 times a year, in our welcoming facilities at Church on the Hill.  Parishioners of all ages can actively participate in this ministry by volunteering to:

 

  • Help with move-in setup and move-out cleanup
  • Serve as evening dinner hosts for the families
  • Serve as overnight hosts
  • Provide hospitality and fellowship
  • Provide evening activities after dinner
  • Donate funds to cover expenses
  • Pray for our volunteers and the families we serve – and for all homeless individuals in our community

 

Why Volunteer?

We believe that one of our cornerstones at Christ Church is growing our own faith by serving others, as a community.

Supporting Family Promise is an invitation to strive for justice and dignity for all, proclaiming the Gospel by our words and actions.    Coming together as a parish to offer a safe place to sleep, a healthy meal, fellowship and hospitality enables us to become the hands and feet of Christ in our world.