MQP Family Promise
Family Promise of Hendricks County (FPHC) opened its doors on March 1, 2015. Since that time, they have helped several families find jobs and permanent housing. For those who are not familiar with FPHC and the help MQP provides, please read ‘A Typical Week Hosting Family Promise Guests’ below.
If you are interested in volunteering your time and/or talent, please print, complete and turn in the Volunteer Recruiting Form, found on this page. We are always looking for more volunteers to help out during our hosting weeks.
Our hosting weeks for the rest of 2017 are: August 13th to 20th, and October 1st to 8th.
Our guests will be with us for seven (7) nights and we will need to provide breakfast, lunch and dinner each day. Please see the Donation Request Sheet, found on this page for needed donated items. The Danville United Methodist Church has volunteered to help provide dinner and to socialize with our families for 1 to 2 nights during each week, leaving 5 to 6 nights for MQP to provide food and fellowship.
A Typical Week Hosting Family Promise Guests
Host congregations are asked to provide sleeping areas, a dining room, a relaxing area and two bathrooms, along with meals and fellowship. On Sunday afternoon, a van will arrive at the host congregation with cots and the families’ personal belongings to be set up in a designated space. Volunteers will set up the rooms for the families around 3:00 p.m. in the RE Building. Meals will be provided in the parish hall and the youth room and one of classrooms in the RE building will be used as relaxing areas. Families will arrive at the Host congregation on Sunday evening around 5:30 p.m. Families settle in, relax and meet the coordinators and the evening volunteers. Dinner is served family style around 6:00 p.m., guests and volunteers share the meal together. Families are responsible for their children and help with cleanup and chores.
After dinner, volunteers and families (if they choose) can play games, do homework, watch videos, or just talk. Quiet hour begins at 9:00 p.m., with the common areas closing at 11:00 p.m. Families will make their sack lunch for the next day prior to bedtime. Two volunteers will spend the night at the congregation.
On Monday morning, the overnight volunteers put out breakfast foods by 6:00 a.m., as they will every weekday. During the day, the families will not be at the host congregation. A network van picks up the families around 6:30 a.m. and takes them to the day center. From there, children go to school, and parents go to their jobs. If the parents do not have jobs, they work with the Director at the day center to seek employment, housing, and other resources to help them regain their independence. The day center has bathrooms with showers and other necessities to prepare for the day. The van brings everyone back to the host congregation at around 5:30 p.m., and the cycle repeats.
On the next Sunday, the families pack their things and leave the facility before Sunday services. The van driver takes them to the day center for the day until it is time to move on to the next congregation … and the next host congregation begins its week.
Once families have been able to save money and/or find jobs, they are ready to move into housing. Families leave the network only when they are able to secure housing and maintain it. The goal of FPHC is to enable a family to keep their housing after they leave the program, not merely to help them over the short term. One year after leaving the program 85% of families are still successfully living on their own. For more information on FPHC please visit www.familypromisehendrickscounty.org
Kylie Kult Beth Cherry