Family Promise of Greater Indianapolis is an organization dedicated to providing shelter and resources for homeless families until the entire family is ready to move to permanent housing. What makes Family Promise unique is the village approach to its services.
Formerly known as the Indianapolis Interfaith Hospitality Network, Family Promise of Greater Indianapolis at its core is a network of faith communities throughout the city. For one week at a time homeless families find shelter in different congregations. The network includes many faiths from Christian churches to Jewish synagogues and more. The congregations provide food for the week and fellowship during the evenings. During the day, children go to school and guardians go to work or the Family Promise day center for job training or counseling, case interviews and other necessary resources that will lead them to permanent housing and independence.
Sometimes the women and children shelters won't accept boys over 13 years of age, requiring them to seek independent shelter at men's facility. The shelter program through Family Promise keeps families together regardless of age and configuration of that family.
For over 20 years, Family Promise of Greater Indianapolis has been helping families stay together as they work their way out of homelessness while building a greater community that transcends socioeconomic and faith boundaries.
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