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Family Promise
Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN)
Our networks of congregations and volunteers meet
homeless families' immediate needs for shelter,
meals, and comprehensive support services.
Family Mentoring
To prevent homelessness, we train volunteers to help at-risk
families achieve goals and maintain self-sufficiency.
Just Neighbors: An Interactive Poverty Awareness Program
Our interactive educational program raises awareness of poverty
and homelessness as the first step in establishing community-based
Community Initiatives
We foster local IHN outgrowth programs, such as transitional housing,
housing renovation, job training, health care services, childcare and
Voices Uniting
Volunteers work together to promote policies that alleviate poverty
and improve the well-being of low-income families.
Interfaith Hospitality Network
•Serves homeless families with children
•Partners with Communities of Faith
•Strengths Based Case Management
•Family Promise Mentoring Program
•Just Neighbors Program
Family Mentoring Program Goal:
•The goal of the mentors is to build
committed relationships with families and
individuals, to help them define and meet
goals in order to achieve and maintain
self-reliance and independence.
Program Topics:
Relationships - Life Skills - Resources
•Comprehensive Training Materials
•Study of Poverty
•Communication Skills
•Values Exploration
•Diversity Training
•Life Skills
•Goal Setting/Action Planning/Problem Solving
•Financial Planning/Budgeting
Additional Resources
Relationships - Life Skills - Resources
•Just Neighbors
– An Interactive Poverty Awareness Program
•Poverty Simulations
•Large and Small Group
Discussion Topics
•Role-Playing Activities
•There are currently 35 IHN affiliates with Mentoring
•Agencies reported that they remained connected to
100% of mentored families versus a range of
20% - 65% of those not mentored.
•Agencies saw significant increases in families
sustaining their housing for more than one year
when mentored
Mentoring Statistics
Community Partnerships
•Faith Community
•IHN or other shelter programs
•Fatherhood Initiative Mentoring Program (“Be a Man!”)
•Faith Community Service Fund
•Building Healthy Marriages
•Agency Partnerships
•Champions Program
•Collaborative program among multiple agencies partnering
Case Management and Mentoring
•Family Treatment Court Mentoring
•Bridges Out of Poverty
•Getting Ahead in a Just Getting By World
The Next Step – Ending Poverty
•“Bridges Out of Poverty” by Ruby K. Payne
•“Getting Ahead in a Just Getting By World”
by Phil DeVol
•Circles Campaign
Family Mentoring Changes Lives
The Road Home Dane County
Madison, WI
Kristin Rucinski
Second Chance Apartment Project
2 year transitional housing
Partner with YWCA and local sponsors
Sponsors pay rent for 2 years
Families pay 30% of their income as “rent”
Their “rent” actually is used to repair credit (pay
past bills, landlords, etc.)
• Mentoring component as well
• Obviously, a HUGE commitment, so how do we
recruit congregations to participate?
1. Faith in Action
• Speak their language
• They preach and talk about feeding the
hungry, housing the homeless, etc.
• They’ll want to participate because you’re
offering them an opportunity to act upon the
teachings of their faith
2. Make it easy and accessible
• Tasks should be concrete, manageable and
• Have reasonable expectations
• Offer a variety of ways for the members to be
• Have the answers to their questions
• Don’t ask volunteers/congregations to handle
discipline, crisis management, etc.
• Don’t ask clergy to take the lead
3. Find a Champion
• Find lay leadership to help navigate the
• Or a member who can help open the doors to
• Expect slow timelines
• Follow the lead of your champion
4. Address the fear factor
• Let people acknowledge what they fear
• Bring examples of success
• Clarify safety procedures and other protective
5. Definition of success
• Be clear of what “success” means so you can
avoid setting them up for disappointment
• Their efforts won’t end poverty, end
homelessness, etc.
6. Relationships and Trust
• Like all recruitments and partnerships, this is
all about building relationships and trust
• Don’t beg, thank them, etc.
7. Why your program?
• Be convincing and respectful of the
congregations’ right to choose
• They have many things on their plate
• Explain why they should choose your project
over others when resources are limited
Housing and Hope
Permanent housing
Affordable and supported
On-site case management
$4.25 million capital campaign
– Buy and rehab buildings
– Forever Fund