We are a local response to a
national crisis, helping homeless
families build new lives.

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We are open!
We are open!
April 9, 2018
How fitting that Family Promise of Whatcom County opened its door Easter Week 2018.  Director Sarah Lane reported that three families were welcomed for the first time into our program and
Welcome Gina Hanna!
Welcome Gina Hanna!
March 19, 2018
We’re delighted to introduce Gina Hanna, the new Case Manager and Day Center Coordinator for Family Promise of Whatcom County, a program of Interfaith Coalition! My name is Georgette Hann
Welcome Sarah Lane!
Welcome Sarah Lane!
December 6, 2017
     Sarah Lane has been hired as the new Program Director of Family Promise Whatcom County.  We are very excited to welcome her and wish her well as she starts on January 2nd.    Her

We know that people across Whatcom County experience homelessness.  We see it in the city, we hear about it in the county, and our congregations long to do something to help.  The Interfaith Coalition of Whatcom County’s Family Promise Program, is working to provide shelter, meals and community to families experiencing homelessness.  And we’re opening on April 2nd, thanks to generous donations through the Interfaith Coalition.  As you begin to explore family homelessness in our county, consider the following:

  • Approximately one of every 26 Whatcom County children experienced homelessness for all or part of the 2015-2016 school year, and 
  • This is an increase from one in 32 during the previous year.

Families experiencing homelessness are sleeping in cars, out in the woods, or on the floors of friends, facing fears about how to keep their children safe and well fed.

The Interfaith Coalition of Whatcom County, a 501(c)(3), is committed to helping children and their families affected by this heartbreaking problem.  Interfaith Coalition’s Family Promise program is an affiliate of the Family Promise national organization with programs in more than 200 communities throughout the United States.  Family Promise shelters children and diverse families experiencing homelessness through the generosity of local congregations, where families receive overnight accommodations, meals, and fellowship from congregation members and volunteers.  During the day, families go to the Family Promise Day Center to work with Family Promise case managers who will provide comprehensive support services. Transportation from congregations, to school, and to the Day Center is provided by a Family Promise van for families without their own car.

When parents receive help to meet their basic needs and are given the opportunity to create a plan to get back on their feet, they can begin to realize their dreams of providing a better life for their children. We can all work together to improve the lives of future generations, and in so doing, change our community for the better.

 

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