(photos by Little Hoboken Photography, courtesy of Family Promise of Hudson County)
Family Promise of Hudson County, a new nonprofit providing temporary shelter to homeless families in the community, officially opened its doors last week.
A local affiliate of a national nonprofit, Family Promise works to keep entire homeless families together by relying on places of worship, or host congregations, to provide shelter. All host congregations are currently based in Jersey City and Hoboken, with additional support from congregations in Hoboken and Bayonne.
“There are a number of organizations and programs that provide incredible support for the homeless in Hudson County,” explains Tiffany Kane, Executive Director of Family Promise of Hudson County. “However, there are few offerings for homeless families that allow the entire family to find shelter and services together. Through Family Promise’s unique shelter model, children will be able to remain in their schools, parents can remain at their jobs, and entire families will be able to receive services through our case management and support system.”
Each night, families will stay at one of Family Promise of Hudson County’s host congregations. Each day, they will travel to the Family Promise drop-in center, located at Fountain of Salvation Church (324 Communipaw Ave., Jersey City). There, families will receive services to ensure they get back on their feet, which will include counseling, connections to local resources (such as health care), and housing assistance.
The community welcomed Family Promise of Hudson County with a formal ribbon cutting ceremony on February 22, 2018, at Fountain of Salvation Church. After remarks from Executive Director Tiffany Kane, Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop, Hudson County Freeholder Anthony Romano, and Caroline Caulfield, Correspondence Coordinator for U.S. Senator Cory Booker, the ribbon was cut to officially offer services to homeless families.
In front of local community leaders, including elected officials, host and support congregation representatives and other friends, Family Promise of Hudson County announced that CarePoint Health will be its exclusive healthcare partner.
“CarePoint has been actively involved in Hoboken and Jersey City in working to provide health care services to the homeless community, however, families at risk of homelessness do not always have the network or services available to help them,” says Peter Daniels, Chief Operating Officer of CarePoint Health. “When we heard about Family Promise and the work they will be doing in the community, we immediately wanted to get involved as health care partners to help reach this often overlooked community.”
For more information on Family Promise of Hudson County, or for ways to get involved with the organization, please visit www.familypromisehudson.org/get-involved. Displaced or homeless families should contact Garden State Episcopal at (201) 209-9301 or the homeless hotline at 211.
About Family Promise of Hudson County
The mission of Family Promise is to help homeless and low-income families achieve sustainable independence through a community-based response. Family Promise’s envisions a nation in which every family has a home, a livelihood, and the chance to build a better future. For more information on Family Promise of Hudson County, please visit www.familypromisehudson.org.