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"Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality." Romans 12:13, NIV
CHILDREN... the new face of homelessness in America.

Over 40% of the homeless population is made up of families.

1 out of every 4 homeless people is a child.

In response to this crisis, Family Promise brings the faith community together in a local partnership to help families experiencing homelessness. Through FPSWPA, families receive the assistance and compassionate care they need to restore their housing, independence and dignity.

Family Promise of Southwestern Pennsylvania has been caring for homeless children and their families for over 20 years. Families are served 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year. Families receive evening meals and overnight accommodations from local churches and spend daytime hours in one of our Day Centers. Our Day Centers in Pittsburgh and Washington serve as the base of operations for families as they work to secure housing, employment and other services to support their independence.

Since our inception, FPSWPA has assisted over 400 families - over 1,300 individuals, including 800 children.

In addition to food and shelter,
families work with Family Promise
staff to develop their individual
housing and service plans including
goals, a plan for action, and a
timeline. Staff members monitor
and support progress toward these
goals and help families overcome
obstacles that prevent them from
gaining housing.

Our partnership with local faith
congregations offers the
opportunity for volunteers of all
faiths to combat homelessness and
transform lives by doing hands-on
ministry work in their own church
facilities. There are over 180 Family Promise affiliates across the country, with more than 135,000 volunteers in 6,000 congregations giving their hands and hearts to support homeless families.

With Family Promise’s help, most families are able to overcome homelessness relatively quickly. With rent assistance, housing placement services, job assistance, and other services, many families are able to return to independence and stability.

Learn more about Family Promise's national organization by clicking here.

No child should be without a roof over their head,
and every family should be able to move toward a better life.
Most families come to Family Promise having lost everything, and when they secure a new home, they have
none of the necessary items to furnish a home. Through our Home Again program, Family Promise collects and
stores gently-used furniture and household goods to pass on to our families free of charge, enabling them to
start fresh without having to bear the enormous expense of furnishing a home.

So far this year, 21 families have moved from Family Promise into homes of their own - that’s an 80% success
rate! Since we started Home Again in 2011, we have outfitted the homes of over 60 families.

Home Again would not be possible without the generosity of those who donate our storage spaces:
Thomas Presbyterian Church in Eighty Four, who has housed Home Again since its inception and, more recently,
Bursca Self Storage in Bridgeville.
Family Promise SWPA Staff

Laura Karl Vincenti, Executive Director

Felicia Nolan, Case Manager

Matthew T.  Love, Shelter Manager
Board of Directors
President - Holly B. Schutz, Freelance Writer
Secretary - Zana Adams, Drebo America
Treasurer - James R. King, John B. Conomos, Inc.,
Directors - Lindsay Bahl, PragSpective Business Advisors, LLC
Georgina Omeje, Women for a Healthy Environment
Katherine Radakovich, Chartiers Center
Courtney Pfennigwerth, Woodforest National Bank
Dianna Karg, FedEx Ground
Bridget Ridge, University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work

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Home Again Program
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