Food & Shelter
Congregations become temporary homes in which families are accepted as they are; treated as guests and are able to maintain their dignity. Family Promise of Shawnee guests are sheltered in church facilities throughout the Shawnee, Oklahoma area. Guests stay for one week at each host congregation, arriving around 6:00 p.m. and leaving around 6:00 a.m. Congregations convert classrooms or a social hall into bedrooms for their host week (roll-away beds are provided). About 20 – 50 volunteers each week serve a home-cooked dinner, lunch and breakfast, spend time with guests in the evening and stay with guests overnight. Most volunteer shifts are two to three hours, with the exception of overnight hosting which is eight hours. Some hosting congregations are assisted by helper congregations which provide volunteer support.
Family Promise of Shawnee owns and operates a 15-passenger van to transport guest families to and from host congregations, school, childcare facilities, place of employment, etc.
Parents and their young children spend the day at the day center, if they are not working. Facilities include: showers, bathrooms, washer/dryers, family day rooms, kitchen with refrigerator and microwave, telephones, and workspace to seek employment and housing. The day center serves as the guest families mailing address for employment, school enrollment, etc.
Guests receive case management as part of their stay within the network. Each guest family will work with their case manager to create a plan of action, outlining goals, achievements and timelines. Follow-up support is provided through our Family Mentoring Program.
Family Promise of Shawnee receives community donations of furniture, appliances and some household items. In return, those donations are stored at the day center and given to families that need home furnishings once they obtain permanent housing.
Family Promise of Shawnee continues to utilize an array of support services to help guest families address issues in: finance, parenting, self-esteem, continuing education, nutrition, etc. Every family in our program is required to complete a money management program, other educational programs are optional.
Family Mentoring Program
Once families obtain permanent housing they are offered the opportunity to participate in the Family Mentoring Program. Our volunteer mentors receive 6 hours of training and assist their assigned families in maintaining their independence in the community. “Just Neighbors” Curriculum: Participants obtain a deep understanding and awareness of the reality of poverty and the “working poor,” Congregations, Bible study groups, nonprofit organizations, schools, etc. can use this curriculum to change attitudes, recruit volunteers, and empower advocates for our neighbors in need.
Family Promise of Shawnee will provide transitional housing to families that qualify.