Furniture Bank of East Bell County
Family Promise of East Bell County is an interfaith, non-profit organization that exists to help homeless and low-income families achieve sustainable independence through a community-based response.
Families face homelessness for many reasons and they often need a hand to help lift them out of defeat into hope.
Family Promise helps families address both the external circumstances and the personal choices that have led to homelessness as they work back toward greater independence and stability.
Family Promise responds to the needs of homeless families through an integrated approach. Basic needs are met to help families have the capacity to focus on their futures. Local congregations provide shelter and the evening meal each day, and families are able to shower, do laundry, use the computer and take care of other family needs at our day center. Staff members work with parents to put goals in place and then to provide accountability and support as parents make progress on goals each week. Employment and budgeting are emphasized. Education on financial literacy, parenting, and other essential life skills is provided. Community partners are engaged.
The objective is for families to leave the shelter component of Family Promise when they are able to move into their own home; continued aftercare case management is in place to help promote long-term stability.