A Day In the Life of a Guest Family
at Family Promise of Central Connecticut
Our guest families start their days waking up at one of our Host Congregations. Congregation volunteers will provide breakfast, and everyone eats together. Families will then travel to the Family Promise Day Center, which is a 2 story home located in New Britain. The families will be driven to the FP Day Center in in our van, which is driven by a staff member of Family Promise. Once the families arrive at the FP Day Center, they will shower and prepare for school and work. School buses will transport students to school from the FP Day Center, however, most of our families walk to school together.
Adult guests use the FP Day Center resources to search for housing and employment, often with help from Family Promise staff and volunteers.
At the end of the day, the Family Promise van will take families back to the host congregation. At the church, volunteers will greet the family and help them settle back into their private sleeping areas. Then volunteers and guests will dine together in a family setting. Evening activities for children may include homework, crafts, tutoring, or games. Adults may plan their next day’s search for work or housing, read to their children, talk with volunteers, or just relax.
After a week’s stay with the first host congregation, volunteers will help families move to another host congregation. Nine weeks is a family’s average length of stay in the program. Nearly 80 percent of guest families secure permanent or transitional housing before leaving Family Promise.