February Mission Focus
Family Promise is a partnership of congregations and community organizations that are responding to the crisis of families who are homeless. They believe in interfaith cooperation, keeping families together, changing lives, hospitality, good stewardship, and raising awareness.
St. Mark’s has been a long-time partner of Interfaith Hospitality Network, the hallmark program of Family Promise. IHN is a coordinated response of the faith community that provides emergency food & shelter, offers individual skill development & rehabilitation, advocates for economic stability and strives to end homelessness for the guests they serve. Each congregation in the network takes turns furnishing overnight lodging and meals during their assigned week, several times each year. Our role as volunteers is fundamental to this program – we can make a difference by offering dignified compassionate assistance to families who have lost their homes.
Click here to make a financial donation to Family Promise or use the mission envelope in the Sunday bulletin. You may also help by donating twin-size blankets, new pillows, baby wipes or petroleum jelly. These donations may be placed in a bin inside Door #2 at St. Mark’s.
St. Mark’s 2018 hosting weeks: July 29, November 4
Volunteer needs include:
- Dinner hosts (5-8 p.m.)
- Meal prep (deliver meal to church by 5 p.m.)
- Provide breakfast & lunch food
- Overnight hosts (8 p.m. – 7 a.m.)
- Set up or tear down (Sunday)
- Transportation – (drive IHN van between St. Mark’s and the Day Center)
Family Promise by the Numbers Across the US (2016)
- 200 Affiliates in 42 States
- 6,000 Congregations providing 170,000 Volunteers
- More than 50,000 served annually; 700,000 served since founding
- 76% served find housing within 9 weeks
- 60% of those served are children, most under the age of 6
If you would like to learn more about IHN, please visit the Family Promise of Greater Indianapolis website.