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  • What does Family Promise of Cobb County do?
    Our organization raises awareness and helps people affected by poverty and/or homelessness through extensive programs and services.
  • Who do you help?
    We help families at risk of or experiencing homelessness, with a focus on ensuring that every family has the support and resources they need to achieve stability and independence. Our services are inclusive and designed to support a diverse range of family structures and backgrounds. Specific Groups We Serve: Single Mothers: As our largest demographic, we provide tailored support to single mothers, helping them secure housing, employment, and childcare. Single Fathers: We recognize the unique challenges faced by single fathers and offer comprehensive services to support their needs. Two-Parent Families: We support intact families, providing assistance with housing, job training, and other resources to keep the family unit together. Extended Families: For families with extended members such as grandparents or other relatives taking care of children, we offer specialized support to address their unique circumstances. LGBTQIA+ Families: We are committed to inclusivity and support families of all genders and sexual orientations. We provide a welcoming and affirming environment for LGBTQIA+ parents and their children. Pregnant Women and Couples: We provide services to expectant mothers and couples, ensuring they have the resources and support needed to welcome their new child into a stable environment. We are dedicated to providing a supportive, non-judgmental environment where all families can find the help they need to rebuild their lives. Our goal is to ensure that every family, regardless of their composition or background, has access to safe housing, essential resources, and the opportunity to achieve lasting independence.
  • Do we really have homeless families in Cobb County?
    Yes, unfortunately, homelessness affects families in our community. Homelessness is a significant issue in Cobb County, Georgia, impacting many families and individuals. Homelessness in Cobb County: According to the most recent Point-In-Time (PIT) Count conducted by local agencies, there are over 450 individuals experiencing homelessness in Cobb County on any given night, with a significant portion being families with children. The Cobb County and Marietta City School Districts reported that during the last school year, over 1700 students were identified as homeless or housing insecure. This includes students living in shelters, motels, cars, or doubling up with other families due to economic hardship. Economic instability, lack of affordable housing, and sudden loss of employment are some of the primary causes of homelessness in our area. Key Statistics: Single Mothers: A significant number of homeless families are led by single mothers who struggle to find stable employment and affordable childcare. Children and Youth: Nearly 30% of the homeless population in Cobb County consists of families, highlighting the urgent need for supportive services tailored to young families. Racial Disparities: African American and Hispanic families are disproportionately affected by homelessness, reflecting broader systemic inequities. Our Response: At Family Promise of Cobb County, we work tirelessly to address the needs of these families through comprehensive support services, including: Rotational Shelter: Providing safe and temporary housing to families in crisis through partnership with local congregations. Transitional Housing: Helping families move from homelessness to stable, long-term housing. Support Services: Offering case management, job training, financial literacy programs, and more to help families achieve self-sufficiency. Community Partnerships: Collaborating with local congregations, businesses, and other nonprofits to create a strong network of support. By understanding the scope and impact of homelessness in our community, we can better tailor our services to meet the needs of those we serve and work towards a future where no family has to experience homelessness.
  • If I were to donate funds, how is my money used?
    We work hard to ensure the long-term sustainability of the organization. Our IRS Form 990 is available for review.
  • How are you funded?
    The largest percentage of our funding comes from individual donors and private foundations. We also receive grants and rely on our fundraisers.
  • How can I get involved?
    We’re always on the lookout for individuals like you wanting to get involved. Visit our Volunteer section to find out ways to donate or volunteer.
  • Family Promise works with congregations, do I need to be part of a church to get help or to get involved?
    We utilize congregations from all faiths as shelter spaces for families. Many members of host congregations serve as volunteers during their congregation’s host week. However, you do not need to belong to a congregation to receive help or to volunteer.
  • Is it only religious congregations that can host families?
    Any organization with a facility capable of hosting up to 12 guests or four families is welcome to become a host. If you’d like to learn more about becoming a host organization, please email info@fpcobb.org
  • Do you have housing?
    We do not own any property. We utilize local congregations for night shelters and have transitional homes donated by our partner congregations. Families in our rotational shelter program sleep at local congregations at night. Families in our transition program stay at one of three standalone homes until they leave our program.
  • How do I get assistance through Family Promise?
    You can apply by calling 678-594-3150
  • Do you charge for your services?
    No, our services are provided free of charge.
  • Is Family Promise an emergency shelter?
    No, Family Promise is not an emergency shelter since we have an application process. We do our best to help find emergency shelter and other resources while families wait for shelter. If you or someone you know needs shelter, please contact us.
  • Do you only serve families, and what is your definition of family?
    We serve families with children. There must be at least one child under the age of 18. We work with single mothers, single fathers, intact families, families with teens, extended family members, etc. Couples do not need to be married. We work with LGBTQIA+ parents as well. Any definition of family that includes at least one child, we consider to be a family.
  • How long do families stay in the program?
    The length of stay depends on each family’s situation. Typically, families can get back on their feet within three to six months. As long as they are making progress on their goals and abiding by the rules of the program, families can stay as long as needed to achieve sustained independence. In 2023 the average length of stay in our program was 110 days.
  • Where do guest families go during the day?
    Guests go to the Day Center at 7 a.m., where they can do laundry, shower, do homework, and care for children. Many guests have jobs with both weekday and weekend hours and may work all day one or both weekend days. Guests are expected to return to the host facility at 5 p.m. unless they’ve made other arrangements with the hosts (with case management approval).
  • What is your organization's privacy policy?
    Our organization takes our privacy policy seriously and takes steps to protect and ensure the safety of our supporters. We do not sell or disclose information about our volunteers or supporters outside of our immediate organization. For more detailed information, visit our Privacy Policy page.
  • How do you measure how well you are helping your clients?
    We collect data to support our work, track client progress, and guide them along their path. We use multiple assessment tools to determine their level of satisfaction. On average, 78% of our applicants were served either through our rotational or transitional housing program, and more than 76% maintained or improved their living situation on a long-term basis.
  • What are some advantages of Family Promise over a traditional shelter?
    Family Promise offers several advantages: We are cost-effective because we utilize existing community resources. We promote self-sufficiency rather than disempowering solutions to homelessness. Families successfully leaving our program generally do not experience subsequent homelessness. We provide a vital outreach ministry for congregations and have been a catalyst for other community missions, such as employment skills, financial literacy, and transitional housing programs.
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