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Our mission is to help families experiencing homelessness in their quest to achieve sustainable independence. While our guest families work toward that goal, congregations in the faith-based community provide them with temporary shelter and hospitality.
Family Promise of the Midlands (FPM) partners with congregations in Columbia, individuals, families, other social service agencies, foundations, and businesses to provide shelter and solutions for families who have children and are facing a housing crisis. Families sleep in these congregation's classrooms and other spaces that often go unused during the week, and congregation members provide meals, essential needs, and companionship. The FPM staff provides professional comprehensive case management and assistance in securing employment, medical care, childcare, school placement and ultimately affordable housing.
We provide a rent-free, safe, and loving "home" while equipping families with the knowledge and resources they need to sustain their independence in a home of their own. Family Promise benefits the community in many ways:
Guest Families
  • Nationally, 80 percent of Family Promise's guests achieve permanent housing.

  • Staff provides guest families with intensive case management to assist in housing and job searches and in meeting other needs.

  • FPM provides safe, home-like lodging where families can stay together, whereas in many shelters they would be separated from one another.

  • Volunteers help families directly and make a difference that can be seen and felt.

  • They provide outreach within their own faith community or a nearby location.

  • Families can volunteer together.

  • The program offers a wide range of volunteer activities, schedules and levels of commitment.

The Community
  • FPM offers a cost-effective mobilization of existing community resources.

  • It assists families experiencing homelessness for about 1/3 the cost of public programs.

  • It is a catalyst for other community support initiatives, such as job counseling, parenting  workshops, money management, and transitional housing.

  • It reduces duplication of services through collaboration with local agencies.

  • It provides hundreds of referrals by phone to all families that seek our help.

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Family Promise of the Midlands 501(c)3                                 1333 Omarest Dr, Columbia, SC 29210     (803) 832-4765



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