FAMILY PROMISE OF SPOKANE is a program for housing homeless families with children. A network of 12 or more host churches, each with a support church, houses up to 15 homeless people once every three months. The host church serves meals and provides bedrooms for the families during that week. The Family Promise Day Center offers case management support to the parents while the children are in school or daycare.
Spokane Friends Church participated as a host church for fourteen years, arranging for two dinner hosts who cook and serve the evening meal and two overnight hosts for each night of the week. In September of 2017, we stopped being a host church due to our difficulties in finding people to serve as dinner and overnight hosts. However, we have offered our facilities to a new host church that does not have adequate space for the families. In this way we continue to support the program.
Interfaith Hospitality Network of Spokane began as a labor of commitment and vision. A few dedicated people saw the dire need to provide emergency shelter service to homeless children and their families. Instilling a desire in more people about meeting this need they became a dynamic group organized to serve the community. Using the Interfaith, now Family Promise, model, they contacted local churches to develop a network of host and support churches. Finally, after many hours of hard work and prayer, the program opened on March 16, 1997.