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       Family Promise of           Cape May County

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We are a community response to a national crisis

 

Family Promise of Cape May County was established in May of 2009, as a program designed to help families who are experiencing homelessness. We are a non-traditional sheltering program that only accepts families with children. A network of faith based organizations and over 1,000 volunteers provide temporary housing and meals for up to 3 families at a time .

Potential families are screened for drug and alcohol addiction. This requirement assures that the families are a good match for our program.
 

We are a volunteer based organization and we are funded solely by donations. We take NO government money. We are a program, not an agency.  Because of this, Family Promise has strict guidelines for the safety of our families and our volunteers.

 

 

Our Services

Principal Goals

  • Provide shelter, meals and case management for homeless families.

  • Help homeless families find a home.

  • Refer homeless families to appropriate agencies for job training or retraining and family services.

  • Increase volunteerism an advocacy in the community advocacy to meet the needs of low-income and homeless families.

Statement of Need

With no family emergency shelter in Cape May County, homeless families remain at the mercy of whatever resources are available at the time - usually local motels or shelters in other counties. Both options severely disrupt their lives. Motels have limited cooking, laundry and storage facilities and are an additional expense. Shelters provide no privacy for families with children. So, inconvenience is created for the families who are forced to choose either of these options.
 

Generally, the children of homeless families must survive in physically unhealthy situations, witness drug use and violence, move from place to place and school to school, make few friends and experience academic failure.  Without support or intervention, they, like their parents, may become psychologically vulnerable, and live with feelings of distrust, fear and emptiness that could follow them into adulthood and throughout the rest of their lives.
 

We believe that it is unacceptable for even one child to be without a home in Cape May County or anywhere in our country.
 

Family Promise of Cape May County works with homeless families and tailors individualized plans that will help them take the necessary steps toward lasting independence.

 

 

All Family Promise guest families receive:

 

  • Overnight accommodations and meals

  • Case management

  • Day Center with internet access, phones, laundry, showers, kitchen and personal space.

  • Transportation assistance

  • Social support from volunteers

  • Linkage with needed social and educational service

  • Provide shelter, meals and case management for homeless families.

  • Help homeless families find a home.

  • Refer homeless families to appropriate agencies for job training or retraining and family services.

  • Increase volunteerism an advocacy in the community advocacy to meet the needs of low-income and homeless families.

 

Our Program in Action

Everyday, guest families utilize our Day Center located in North Cape May. The Day Center provides guest families with access to laundry and showers facilities, phone and internet access, a kitchen, and a small area for each family member to keep their belongings. From there they are provided with transportation, by a van owned by the network, to work, school, appointments and errands. It is also where families work with the Case Manager to develop an individualized plan to regain housing and self-sufficiency. 
 

Family Promise of Cape May County consists of faith congregations from Cape May to Ocean City. Each evening guest families are transported by the Network Van to one of our Hospitality Houses for overnight safe shelter.

 

To Pledge – Donate – or Volunteer

https://familypromisecmc.org/about-us#

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https://www.facebook.com/FamilyPromiseofCapeMayCounty/

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