Published in the Palm Beach Post

Family Promise of North/Central Palm Beach County, Inc. (FPNCPBC) helps families who are suddenly homeless and have no place to turn. A network of interfaith organizations and over 800 local volunteers help provide families with shelter and meals. Family service coordinators provide intensive case management, employment services, life-skills training, children’s tutoring, adult and child mentoring, transportation, access to mainstream community services, housing search, and development of natural long-term support in a 90-day program, which helps families achieve their goals.

How does your agency benefit the community?

In the Palm Beach County School District, more than 3,500 students were identified as homeless in 2018. Sadly, the county ranks No. 2 in Florida for children living in spaces not designed for human habitation. According to the Palm Beach County Homeless Coalition, “There are more than 11.4 million extremely low-income renter households in the United States and only 35 affordable homes available for every 100 of these renters. In Florida, there are even fewer available units with 27 affordable units for every 100 extremely low-income renters. The picture in Palm Beach County is quite staggering — at $8.25 per hour, a minimum-wage worker would need to work 104 hours a week to afford a one-bedroom apartment.

Family Promise of NCPBC provides a solution to this ongoing crisis by uniting around our mission to partner with the local interfaith community to help local homeless children by empowering their families to regain self-sufficiency. This direct impact in the community is exponential. Parents return to the workplace, children go on to graduate high school and seek higher education. Families have a higher quality of life and maintain long-term stability.

What is your agency’s focus for the future?

As the crisis of children and family homelessness continues to grow, our mission and focus will remain the same. Family Promise North/Central Palm Beach County will continue to expand our efforts and services to help these children and their families out of crisis — and back to stability.

How can the community help?

Mission Statement

The mission of Family Promise of North/Central Palm Beach County (FPNCPBC) is to partner with the local interfaith community to help local homeless children by empowering their families to regain self-sufficiency.

Key Programs

Intensive Case Management: helps families attain stability.

Life-skills Training: provides financial and other skill training to help build skills necessary for the future.

Children’s Tutoring: Many homeless children need help to stay on target with their academics.

Transportation: gets homeless clients to job interviews and medical appointments.

Housing Searches: helps those ready to find housing.

Day Center: gives homeless clients an address while in the program, a place to shower and do laundry, and look for a job.

The LIFE Program (Learning Inspires Family Excellence): begins during the 90-day program and continues with mentoring for up to three years after graduation, helping to break the cycle of poverty.

FAMILY PROMISE OF NORTH/CENTRAL PALM BEACH COUNTY, INC.: 1003 Allendale Road, West Palm Beach, FL 33405. 561-318-8864; www.familypromisencpbc.org; information@familypromisencpbc.org

We cannot do it without the support of our community! Family Promise NCPBC is a small organization, and we receive no government funding. That means we rely solely on the generosity of individuals and foundation from our community. When you support an organization like Family Promise NCPBC, you know your dollars are going back into your community and directly changing lives. To learn more about the program, or to support Family Promise NCPBC please visit familypromisencpbc.org

In addition, we rely on a vast volunteer network to provide meals, services and shelter for our families. If you are interested in donating a good, service or your time please contact info@familypromisencpbc.org