Our Mission


Family Promise is the only organization in Bergen County dedicated to providing shelter and support to working families who become homeless.  Since 1986, we have sheltered thousands of adults and children, adapting to their changing needs by creating programs to help them become self-sufficient.  Our network of sheltering congregations and transitional apartments provide stability while the families receive intensive individual case management to help them realize their goal of true independence.

Family Promise of Bergen County is a 501 (C) (3) organization.

Our History


Since 1986, Family Promise (formerly the Interreligious Fellowship for the Homeless) has played a pivotal role in serving thousands of Bergen County’s most vulnerable citizens: homeless, hungry, and needy families and individuals.  The initial program, the Overflow Shelter, housed homeless individuals at local congregations when the County Shelter was full.  To meet the needs of homeless families, the IRF provided a Family Shelter at St. Cecilia’s High School in Englewood called Fellowship House.  The IRF became Family Promise in February, 2010.  Today, Family Promise shelters homeless working families through a network of congregations around Bergen County.  Family Promise is a national organization with 199 affiliates in 42 states, (as of June, 2016).

Since 1991, the Family Promise Walk-In Dinner Program has been providing dinner to approximately 150 people in the community 365 days a year.  Dinner is provided and served by dedicated volunteers at the Bergen County Health and Human Services Center in Hackensack.  March 1, 2016 marked the 25th anniversary of the Walk-In.  Over the past 25 years, Family Promise volunteers have served over one million meals.

Directions and Contact Information

Family Promise of Bergen County
100 Dayton Street
Ridgewood, New Jersey 07450
Lower level of Ridgewood United Methodist Church
Phone: (201) 833-8009
Fax: (201) 833-8011