Host and Support Congregations

FPNSB-volunteers-kitchen250Family Promise North Shore Boston is a partnership of congregations helping families facing homelessness. The program offers an opportunity for volunteers of all faiths to transform lives. Our host and support congregations provide lodging, meals, and hospitality for families in need.

Walking the Talk

For families in this program, each day begins with breakfast at a host congregation with volunteers, followed by a bus ride to the Family Promise North Shore Boston headquarters. At the end of their day, guests return to the host congregation where volunteers provide dinner and spend the evening with the families in the program. The evening hours are for homework, relaxing, and fun family time, as they would be with any family. And the day ends with the family, all together, under one roof.

Below, you will see our current list of host and support congregations. To maximize this program’s effectiveness, we need your faith group to get involved. Can you join the team?

What Does a Host Congregation Do?

A church, synagogue, or other group provides temporary overnight lodging in otherwise unused space in its building. The host congregation team may be involved with the following:

  • Cooking and/or hosting dinner
  • Spending the evening with guest families chatting, tutoring kids, or playing games
  • Sleeping overnight in the congregation
  • Coordinating children’s crafts and activities
  • Donating needed supplies for the week that your congregation will host families
  • Setting up and breaking down guest families’ rooms

The commitment required of host congregations is generally considered manageable:

  • Not 24/7 — just overnight.
  • Not continuously — just for a week, four times a year.
  • Not for hundreds — just for two to four families (14 children and adults at maximum).
  • And since Family Promise runs criminal background checks and screens for drug or
    alcohol use, it’s low-risk.
  • In fact, a Family Promise driver even transports the families to and from the host
    facility, and carries their bedding and luggage to each new host location.

Can your group become a host congregation? E-mail to let us know.

What Does a Support Congregation Do?

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

Each volunteer signs up for a single two-hour function — just four times a year. Many find that these are two of the most rewarding hours they’ve ever experienced!

You’re in good company: Family Promise North Shore Boston currently has approximately 500 trained volunteers that are actively helping families across the North Shore. Now we are looking to build on the current success of this proven model via the participation of more committed congregations and volunteers.

Can your group become a support congregation? E-mail to let us know.

Committed Host Congregations

  • Christ Church in South Hamilton
  • Christ the Redeemer Anglican Church in Danvers
  • Community Covenant Church in Peabody
  • Endicott College-Chapel
  • First Church 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 Church in Beverly
  • North Shore Community Baptist Church in Beverly
  • Second Congregational Church of Beverly
  • Unitarian Universalist Church of Marblehead

Committed Support Congregations

  • Annisquam Village Church in Gloucester
  • Ascension Memorial Church in Ipswich
  • Calvary Chapel North Shore in Danvers
  • Church in the Cove in Beverly
  • Endicott College in Beverly
  • First Baptist Church in Beverly
  • First Baptist Church of Rockport
  • First Church in Ipswich
  • First Church of Rowley
  • First Church Swampscott
  • First Congregational Church of Georgetown
  • First Congregational Church in Hamilton
  • First Universalist Church in Essex
  • First Universalist Society in Salem
  • Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church
  • Holy Trinity United Methodist Church in Danvers
  • Immanuel Baptist in Ipswich
  • Our Lady of Hope Catholic Church in Ipswich
  • Rockport United Methodist Church
  • St. Nicholas Orthodox Church
  • St. Paul Lutheran Church in Gloucester
  • St. Stephen’s United Methodist Church in Marblehead
  • Tabernacle Congregational Church UCC in Salem
  • Temple B’nai Abraham in Beverly
  • Temple Ner Tamid in Peabody
  • Temple Shalom in Salem
  • UU Society of Rockport
  • West Gloucester Trinitarian Congregational Church

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