Tis the Season for families

Family Promise of North Idaho partners with local churches to help homeless families

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Family Promise of North Idaho partners with local churches to help homeless children and their families. The Hospitality Network includes: 

St. Luke's Episcopal Church-Day Center

Calvary Lutheran Church

Seventh Day Adventist Church in Post Falls

Community Presbyterian Church

Dalton Gardens Church of Christ

Peace Lutheran Church

Trinity Lutheran Church

First Presbyterian Church

Real Life Ministries CDA

Lutheran Church of the Master

Latter Day Saints- Hayden Lake

Seventh Day Adventist - Hayden

Unity Church

First Baptist Church

Word of Life Church

Camp White


Christmas is about magic and wonder, but imagine the questions from a child if you're a homeless parent.

How will Santa find us? What are going to eat? Why don't I have a bed like other kids?

Family Promise of North Idaho strives to provide answers to those challenging questions for homeless children and their families across Kootenai County by providing temporary housing, meals, and access to education, health, finances, childcare and transportation. At the most basic level, FPNI provides a safe and hospitable shelter using a supported Day Center and three months of overnight accommodations.

“The holidays are extremely hard on parents who already feel terrible for not being able to care for themselves or their children,” said Cindy Wood, Director of Family Promise.  “People need more than things, they need compassion and understanding.”

And that's at the core of Family Promise. The nonprofit helps homeless families by partnering with local church congregations to help children and their families through difficult times. Last year, Family Promise of North Idaho hospitality network served 14 families across Kootenai County that included nearly two dozen children by providing them 1,714 overnight stays and 5,142 meals.

“We treat people with dignity and respect,” said Wood. “Our volunteers are incredibly kind and compassionate. We couldn't do this without our volunteers-they are the heart and soul of our mission.”

Family Promise helps families find long-term housing solutions with the help of its social worker on site. The national charity that was founded over 30 years ago and the North Idaho chapter was started nine and a half years ago.

“Family Promise utilizes the mission of the church to help the homeless through face to face interaction and it breaks down stereotypes associated with people who become homeless,” said Wood. “We need more network congregations and...we always need funding to help our families get back on their feet.”

The nonprofit operates on donations, grants, in-kind gifts and volunteers. It also partners with the Home Partnership Foundation, which is holding an online giving campaign starting Dec. 12 and running through the end of the year. The Home Partnership Foundation leverages through this drive to maximizes each donor gift by matching at least dollar for dollar through prizes. To donate go to  https://avenuesforhope.org/

Family Promise of North Idaho also will be holding a winter Northwest Fest and Salmon Feast on Jan. 26 at the Eagle's Lodge in Coeur d'Alene.  

--Written by Marc Stewart, Director of Sponsored Content



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