Host & Support Congregations

A community-based response to homelessness

Volunteers of all faiths changing lives

Family Promise North Shore Boston is an interfaith partnership of congregations helping local families facing homelessness. Our host congregations provide lodging, meals and hospitality to families in need. For families in the program, each day begins with breakfast at a host congregation with volunteers, followed by a bus ride to our Day Center. In the evening, guests return to the host congregation, where volunteers provide dinner and spend some quality time. The evening hours are for homework, relaxing and family fun time, as they would be with any family. Each day ends with the family all together, under one roof.

Host Congregations

Local houses of worship provide temporary overnight lodging in otherwise unused spaces in their buildings. A host congregation team of volunteers may be involved with the following:


  • Cooking and hosting dinner
  • Spending the evening with families, talking, tutoring kids or playing games
  • Sleeping overnight in the congregation
  • Coordinating children’s crafts & activities
  • Donating necessary supplies for the hosting week
  • Setting up and breaking down guest families’ rooms

Manageable Commitment

It doesn’t take much to become a host congregation!

  • Families stay overnight, not 24 hours a day
  • Each congregation hosts families for just one week, four times a year
  • Guests consist of only two to four families   (14 children & adults max)
  • Family Promise runs criminal background checks and drug screenings on all program participants


  • A Family Promise driver transports the families to and from the host facility and carries their bedding and luggage to each new host location

We need your help! Can your faith group become a host or support congregation?

Support Congregations

Volunteers from support congregations cook and serve meals, play with children or help them with homework and show compassion and respect to the families in the program, while sharing a sense of community.

Volunteer shifts are only two hours long, four times a year – Many find that these are two of the most rewarding hours they have ever experienced! 

“There are so many problems beyond our grasp, yet this is one time we can make a difference in our own back yard.”

~Rev. Michael J. Duda

Senior Pastor, First Church Wenham

We thank our dedicated volunteers!

Committed Host Congregations

  • Christ Church in South Hamilton
  • Christ the Redeemer Anglican Church in Danvers
  • Community Covenant Church in Peabody
  • Endicott College in Beverly
  • First Church in Salem, Unitarian
  • First Church in Wenham
  • First Congregational Church in Essex
  • First Congregational Church of Rockport
  • First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church in Beverly
  • First Presbyterian Church North Shore in Ipswich
  • Immanuel Congregational Church in Beverly
  • North Shore Community Baptist Church in Beverly
  • Second Congregational Church in Beverly
  • Unitarian Universalist Church of Marblehead

Committed Support Congregations

  • Annisquam Village Church in Gloucester
  • Ascension Memorial Church in Ipswich
  • Church in the Cove in Beverly
  • First Baptist Church in Beverly
  • First Baptist Church of Rockport
  • First Church in Ipswich
  • First Church of Swampscott
  • First Congregational Church in Hamilton
  • Grace Community Church in Marblehead
  • Immanuel Baptist Church in Ipswich
  • Our Lady of Hope Baptist Church in Ipswich
  • Rockport United Methodist Church
  • St. Michael’s Episcopal Church in Marblehead
  • St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church in Salem
  • St. Paul Lutheran Church in Gloucester
  • St. Stephen’s United Methodist Church in Marblehead
  • Temple B’nai Abraham in Beverly
  • Temple Ner Tamid in Peabody
  • Unitarian Universalist Church of Essex
  • Unitarian Universalist Society of Rockport