"...bring the homeless poor into your house." Isaiah 58:7
Faith Lutheran is a host church for the Family Promise of Kandiyohi County, an interfaith ministry helping end homelessness for children and their families. Family Promise was launched August 2, 2015 and we joined 12 other host churches and over a dozen support churches from Kandiyohi County in providing overnight stays, meals, fellowship, and support for homeless children and their families.
As a host church, we welcome homeless families for seven nights (Sunday - Saturday) from 5:00pm-6:30am. Volunteers prepare an evening meal, visit, play games, lend support, and spend the night at church. During our host weeks, 3 - 4 times a year, Sunday school rooms are converted into family bedrooms. After sleeping, guests have a light breakfast, take a bag lunch, and spend the day at the Family Promise Day Center located on the 3rd floor of First Presbyterian Church in downtown Willmar. There they receive job, educational, or career counseling while working toward permanent housing for their families. At 5:00pm, they board the Family Promise van for the return trip to Faith where they are welcomed back by our volunteers.
How can you help?
We need many volunteers for each host week. Perhaps you can drive the 15-passenger van between Faith and the Day Center. Perhaps you enjoy cooking or baking and can help provide or cook evening meals during our host week. Perhaps you enjoy children and can be an evening activity volunteer. We also need people to sleep overnight as the hosts for each of the 7 nights. If you agree that children in Kandiyohi county shouldn't be sleeping in cars overnight nor wondering if there will be supper, please join us in this ministry. Your time and talents will be put to good use and will be much appreciated! Contact Sandra Nelson at 354-7369 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on the events or to learn how you can be involved. Thank you!