Keeping Families Together

Since our inception in 1986, Family Promise has been providing safe, welcoming shelter for families. But things have changed over the years.  The cost of housing skyrocketed. Wages have stagnated.  Many companies are only offering part-time jobs.  Providing temporary shelter, while important, is not enough.  As a result, our programs have developed and evolved to address the growing needs of the families seeking assistance.

What We Do

  • provide hospitality to the homeless and;
  • keep families together in times of crisis, shepherding them through temporary periods of homelessness by helping them create an achievable vision and develop a strong foundation for self-sufficiency.
If you are a working family with dependent children and are facing homelessness please call the Family Promise office at 201-833-8009 for more information. All others call 211, United Way’s Help Line for additional referrals.
There are many ways to become involved, with opportunities for both groups and individuals. Click here to learn more.

The heart of Family Promise of Bergen County is its programs.

Take a look below at the different ways we provide assistance during difficult times.

Family Promise Network

While being sheltered overnight at local congregations, homeless families work closely with case managers to address the underlying causes of their particular situations. Strategies include developing resources for job training, educational opportunities, childcare, and other needs.
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New Leaf Transitional Housing Program

Families are sheltered in individual apartments in Bergen County while continuing to work toward employment and financial goals.
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Post Shelter Program

Families leaving our sheltering programs are eligible to receive continued case management, volunteer support, and limited financial assistance for a period of one year.

Weekend Program

With volunteer support, the Family Center is open to families on weekends and holidays and operates as a “home base”.
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Walk-In Dinner Program

Family Promise volunteers provide and serve an evening meal to 120-150 people every night of the year at the Health and Human Services Center in Hackensack. This dinner is open to shelter residents and anyone needing a free meal.
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Camp Lots of Fun

Camp Lots of Fun gives children from Family Promise sheltering programs a fun and educational summer experience.
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Youth Council for the Homeless

Specifically designed for High School students, this program provides an opportunity to participate in activities for the homeless.
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Assistance is offered for job training or educational advancement to give parents the tools to compete for better paying jobs. Childcare and transportation subsidies remove common barriers to successful employment. Along with intensive case management, other programs include financial literacy, parenting support, workplace readiness skills, literacy and enrichment for children.