Homelessness is growing among families with children faster than any other demographic, but there are very few shelters that can accommodate children- and virtually none where the fathers can be included. Homeless families seeking shelter are often separated, with mothers and children going to one shelter, fathers going to a different shelter, and older boys having even fewer options. Family Promise is a ministry that brings families, including fathers, into the church to find shelter. Emmanuel has worked with 12 other congregations to provide shelter, each congregation serving as the host for 4 weeks of the year. During our 4 weeks, the families slept and ate dinner and breakfast at the church. Each family was given their own “bedroom” in the church, so there is some privacy and cohesion for the family. During the day, the children went to school and their parents to the Family Promise day shelter to learn basic skills, look for jobs and apartments, and get life counseling.
Due to the outbreak of COVID-19, the practice of the families being housed at churches was suspended and instead, Family Promise works with the families to help them remain in their own housing by providing funds and counseling services. While we are formulating a new plan to continue this mission, donations to Family Promise are critical to enable them to continue their ministry. To donate online go to: https://familypromisewaukesha.org/donate/