Laundry Access for Homeless Families with Children
Since 2006, Family Promise of Hawaii has helped over 1,000 parents and children transition out of homelessness into sustainable independence. Approximately 80% of our families transition into housing within 3-4 months. We partner with 63 interfaith congregations and over 1,500 volunteers to shelter and feed our families 365 days a year. We average over 10,000 shelter bed nights per year and provide over 30,000 meals. Family Promise of Hawaii provides daily shelter, meals and intense supportive services to families with children experiencing homelessness. We seek families who are motivated to achieve self-sufficiency and give priority to families willing to work.
We operate two shelters, Honolulu and Kailua, that provide laundry facilities, showers, computer & internet access, daily meals, life skills training, employment assistance and weekly case management. This comprehensive approach to helping homeless families enables us to assist families quickly and ensures a high success rate for individuals, even after they leave our program.
In 2010, we started a day program at our Honolulu center in order to serve more families. Up to 25 parents and children can utilize our day center as a home base while on our waitlist. These families have full access to the day center for mail, telephone, laundry, shower facilities, computers and weekly case management. Several of our day program families are able to secure housing before having to enter the overnight program. To date, this has allowed us to serve over 400 more homeless parents and children.
Our mission is to mobilize existing community resources to aid families with children experiencing homelessness and help them transition to sustainable independence. Our host sites provide daily overnight shelter and meals to our guests. This allows us to operate at a much lower cost than traditional shelters. Our innovative model uses volunteers and community resources in a truly unique way.
Funded by Oahu, HI (October 2013)