Family Promise

Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it. – Hebrews 13:2

Update: As of May 2014, our work with Family Promise has been suspended, due to difficulties the organization has had in raising funds to operate the day center. We’ll provide more information here if/when Family Promise is able to resume  its mission in Northern Kentucky.

Background on the program:

Family Promise (formerly known as IHN or Interfaith Hospitality Network) is a non-profit cooperative endeavor of the religious community, volunteers, and social agencies in Northern Kentucky. Together, we  provide cost-effective living and comprehensive support services and programs for homeless children and their families during temporary homelessness.

Volunteer plays with child in program

Volunteer plays with child in program

Ten churches in Northern Kentucky, with help from 25 support churches, host families in the program overnight for a week at a time. When it is Christ Church’s turn in the rotation,  our volunteers pick up the families at the Family Promise day center in Newport and bring them to the church every evening. We serve dinner and make sure the families are comfortable in our classroms and nursery, where they stay on cots for the night. There is a gathering room with toys and TV where they are able to socialize.  The next morning, our van driver takes them back to the day center where the children go to school and parents seek job and housing opportunities.

About 70 volunteers are needed for our turn. We couldn’t do it without help from St. Catherine of Siena, St. John Anglican Catholic, Highland United Methodist and St. Paul UCC.

It’s a great way to give back to the community while getting to know other members of Christ Church. If you’d like to volunteer or just learn more about what’s involved,  check out our volunteer sign-up sheet or contact our coordinator, Melissa Cox, via email or by calling 859-291-1324.