We help families with children -- in North Port, Venice, and Englewood -- get back on their feet.

 

Family Promise is a national non-profit agency with 202 local affiliates in 42 states.  Our local affiliate, Family Promise of South Sarasota County, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, seeks to help families with minor children who are in temporary need of housing. We will serve families in transition in Venice, North Port, and Englewood.  We are a faith-based organization that enables the community to work together to address the needs of children without a home by providing temporary shelter, meals, and comprehensive services to their family to help them achieve lasting self-sufficiency. 

 

A comprehensive solution for independence.

 

We provide shelter, meals, basic needs (clothing, toiletries, and personal items), case management, referrals, and resources to families in transition. During the day, families have access to a Day Center which is a hub for the organization. This center provides a permanent address for families, training, and case management services.  All adults meet for employment consultation (to assist in job seeking/placement) and financial counseling (to better manage finances and start savings).

 

 

How resources are provided.

Host congregations provide their facility for one week at a time—about once every three months. Families arrive at 5pm for dinner and stay overnight. During the day, kids go to daycare or school and parents go to work. On Sundays, the families move to the next host congregation site. Support congregations provide volunteer and financial support to host congregations. 

Now accepting families.

 

Most families in transition are referred by local agencies like the Salvation Army. We screen families over the phone, and when we have an opening, we then bring the family in for an interview to go over the guidelines of the program. If families agree to enter we contact the family again by the following day to schedule their intake.