© 2018 Family Promise of Greater New Braunfels

THE PROGRAM

THE NEED

While in general the New Braunfels area is prosperous, many families exist on the brink of homelessness. One-half of families have incomes of less than $50,000 and 15% of children live in poverty (Census Data, 2014). Many families are one accident, one break-up, one illness, one final act of domestic violence away from homelessness. Over 900 children are identified as homeless (New Braunfels ISD and Comal ISD, 2014).

THE RESPONSE

In 2012, representatives from local churches came together to address the need. They chose to implement a model that had been successful in over 175 communities across the US, called Family Promise. And in July, 2013 Family Promise of Greater New Braunfels (FPGNB) opened its doors. FPGNB is a partnership of churches agreeing to open their doors, their classrooms, their gyms, and their hearts to serve as hospitality centers to GUESTS. Offering temporary housing, meals and loving support.

OUR IMPACT

In living out our mission to mobilize the faith community to help low-income families achieve and sustain independence, we work to overcome homelessness one family at a time. When a family successfully completes our comprehensive shelter program, they have accomplished a series of steps to continue their journey to long-term self-sufficiency. Accomplishments include:

• Safe Housing

• Permanent, full-time employment
• Safe, reliable child care or after-school care
• Emergency savings fund of $1000+
• A working, realistic budget 
• Reliable transportation

Once a family “graduates” and moves into their own home, they transition into A New Lease on Life aftercare program where they continue to receive professional case management support for one year. During this time, families also attend vital life skills workshops to strengthen their foundation and to participate in the natural peer support of fellow FPGNB alumni. Child Care is provided at workshops, allowing children to remain connected and to thrive socially and emotionally.

This impact on lives can be partly measured in dollars and cents; for example, the cost of adverse effects on a community offset by a comprehensive program utilizing existing community resources. However, to truly quantify human lives changed, sometimes the best gauge is Matthew 25:40: “Truly I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of my brothers, you did it to me.”

OUR SHELTER PROGRAM, The Way Home

The Way Home:

  • Providing basic needs, shelter, and transportation

  • Building Stability through case management

  • Transitioning families to self-sufficiency

  • Activating volunteers and the faith community to care for our guests

  • Connecting families to community resources

OUR AFTERCARE PROGRAM, New Lease On Life
  • Maintaining stability through case management

  • Teaching life skills and financial literacy

  • Helping with emergent needs

  • Building supportive relationships

  • Securing vehicle donations four our graduate families

DRIVE IT HOME
  • Coordinate donations for vehicles

  • Partner with area auto shops

  • Ensure that every family has reliable transportation