Host & Support Sites

A community-based response to homelessness

Adapting During COVID

Due to the pandemic, Family Promise North Shore Boston made the decision back in March to pause the rotational shelter model (described below). Currently we are still hosting families but in a static site apartment. We will be using this static site model until we feel it is safe to return to a rotational model within our host sites. Please contact our staff to learn ways you can support Family Promise during this unprecedented time!

Volunteers changing lives

Family Promise North Shore Boston is a partnership of local organizations, congregations, and colleges, helping families facing homelessness. Our host sites provide lodging, meals and hospitality to families in need. For families in the program, each day begins with breakfast at a host site with volunteers, followed by a bus ride to our Day Center. In the evening, guests return to the host site, 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 Sites

Local houses of worship and colleges provide temporary overnight lodging in otherwise unused spaces in their buildings. A host site 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 host facility
  • 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 site!


  • Families stay overnight, from 5:30 PM to 7:00 AM, not 24 hours a day
  • Each site hosts families for just one week, four times a year
  • Guests consist of only two to four families   (14 children & adults max)
  • A Family Promise driver transports the families to and from the host facility. Families store their personal belongings at the Day Center

Support Organizations

Volunteers from the community will 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 Sites

  • Ascension Memorial Church in Ipswich
  • 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 Hamilton

  • First Congregational Church of Rockport
  • First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church in Beverly
  • First Presbyterian Church North Shore in Ipswich
  • Garden City 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
  • Church in the Cove in Beverly
  • First Baptist Church in Beverly
  • First Baptist Church of Rockport
  • First Church in Ipswich
  • First Church of Swampscott
  • 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