Midland Interfaith Hospitality Network

Our rotational shelter program and warm hospitality is the foundation of the Family Promise model.

Across this country, communities offer hospitality to families through Family Promise Affiliates. The innovative model — using existing space like congregations and volunteers motivated by compassion —has helped hundreds of thousands of children and adults in our national network of 200+ Affiliates. Working with community resources, Family Promise Affiliates provide comprehensive and targeted services, including extensive case management, at 1/3 the cost of traditional shelter. Furthermore, Family Promise Affiliates serve families of all compositions, often providing their only shelter option in a community.

HOW IT WORKS

The resources are already there. In Midland, TX, there are congregations and organizations that can provide space in their buildings to serve as temporary homes. Additionally, we have a Day Center, where families can take showers, receive case management, and look for housing and jobs. A 14-passenger bus is used for transportation to get families from the host shelters to the Day Center to Day Care and back. With volunteers giving their time, making meals, and sharing hospitality, family homelessness is addressed without the creation of expensive shelters. This innovative approach truly makes a difference for families experiencing homelessness. 

These volunteers are the core of the program. They share food, spend the night, play with children and lend their passion and expertise to help families get back on their feet. They prove that motivated people can solve family homelessness. And, in the process, they truly create “home” – and a community – for families who have no place left to turn.

A COMMUNITY RESPONSE

At Family Promise of Midland we partner with local congregations and organizations to host and support our families. By bringing the community together on the issue of family homelessness, Family Promise of Midland addresses a major social problem in a holistic, effective way. Once the community becomes engaged, people understand the root causes of family homelessness and take steps to address them. 

The following congregations currently make up the Midland Interfaith Hospitality Network:

  • Christian Church of Midland

  • The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

  • Downtown Church of Christ

  • Fairmont Park Church of Christ

  • First Christian Church

  • First Presbyterian Church

  • Golf Course Road Church of Christ

  • Goodwill Baptist Church

  • Grace Lutheran Church

  • Grace Presbyterian Church

  • Living Way Foursquare Church

  • Midland Lutheran Church

  • St. Ann's Catholic Church

  • St. Mark's United Methodist Church

  • St. Luke's United Methodist Church

  • True Lite Christian Fellowship

A LONG-TERM SOLUTION

Not only does the Midland Interfaith Hospitality Network mean many more families stably housed, it is also a tremendous cost saving to the community as diversion from far more expensive interventions. Our approach of keeping families together, identifying their strengths, and partnering with the community for solutions means that families are at much lower risk of returning to homelessness.

THE BOTTOM LINE

Family Promise of Midland changes lives. In our Midland Interfaith Hospitality Network, we served 43 parents and children in 2019, giving them the ability to realize their true potential. 

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