Helping the families we serve not only to succeed today but to remain stable in their housing, financial capability, and career paths tomorrow.
Some get to the heart of core needs (such as financial literacy training and life skills classes) families face in order to regain self-sufficiency. Other initiatives, like mentoring, find ways to match the strengths of local volunteers and the interests of local corporations with the needs of our guests. Similarly, many initiatives build off core tenets of the foundational shelter program itself, leading to efforts like food assistance, furniture and clothing donation, and health and wellness programs.
Probably no community initiative is more vital than the our housing programs. Here in the Mid-Willamette Valley, this includes Homelessness Prevention, Transitional Housing, Refugee Housing Assistance, Permanent Supportive Housing, and our Fresh Start rental program. On a typical night, Family Promise provides about 155 beds' housing for families in our community.
But our goal is not simply getting families into housing; it is keeping them in housing.
Key to this is identifying needs specific to the local community and tapping into the diverse resources our volunteer pool and partnerships provide. The result is families no longer at risk of homelessness.
And, even more importantly, through programs we have launched for tenancy preparation, micro-entrepreneurship, and virtual career pathway training, Affiliates create the basis for security and stability that separates families from poverty, empowering them to aspire to the future every child deserves.