Karen Olson, National Founder and President Emeritus of Family Promise and Sherry Arey, Executive Director, Family Promise of Shenandoah County
We are the 200th local affiliate of Family Promise, a national organization that started in 1986 with a vision of ending family homelessness. The name refers to the promise, in the sense of commitment, which communities make to families in need. But it also refers to the promise, the potential, inherent in every family.
Our affiliate opened its doors in January 2016 after over two years of exploring the needs of the homeless community in Shenandoah County, Virginia.
We are a network of churches in our area which provide overnight lodging, meals and hospitality. Volunteers are the heart of Family Promise and provide a variety of services including cooking and serving meals, playing with children, helping with homework, interacting with guests with respect and compassion, providing overnight security, manning the Family Center, and much more.
Family Promise operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. We serve only families with children under the age of 18. Up to 4 families (14 people) can be accommodated at a time.
We are the only homeless shelter in the Northern Shenandoah Valley which allows all family members to stay together overnight. Our Family Center is located in Woodstock, Virginia. Guests must be free from alcohol and illegal drug use, free from mental health crisis, and pose no threat to other guests and volunteers.
Transportation is provided between the Family Center and host churches in our 15 passenger van. Area school systems provide transportation for the children to and from their schools of origin.