Family Promise of Albuquerque understands the needs of vulnerable families. So, we offer innovative programs — such as tenancy preparation, financial literacy, and virtual career pathway training — to address them in a cost-effective, targeted approach.
HOUSING. CHILDCARE. TRANSPORTATION. EDUCATION.
All of these issues—and many others—are part of the myriad causes of family homelessness. As volunteers engage in the Family Promise of Albuquerque program, they realize if they can address these challenges, they can serve more people more effectively.
Community Initiatives include a wide array of programs. Some get to the heart of core needs, such as childcare and job training, families face in order to regain self-sufficiency. Other initiatives find ways to match the strengths of local volunteers and the interests of local corporations with the needs of our guests, like financial literacy. Similarly, many initiatives build off core tenets of the Family Promise Program itself, leading to efforts like food assistance, furniture and clothing donation and health, and wellness programs.
Key to these programs is the other most widespread initiative —post-shelter extended support. The underlying causes of homelessness are not alleviated simply by providing housing, as crucial as that is. The immense variety of services provided, from family mentoring to case management, ensures that families do not slip back into homelessness so that the changes Family Promise of Albuquerque has made are enduring.
The key is that the solutions exist right in the community. Congregations provide volunteers to provide meals and a community of support. Family Promise of Albuquerque partners with Cuidañdo Los Niños, CYFD, JCC Albuquerque, and the Boys and Girls Club of Central New Mexico to insure families have childcare. Family Promise of Albuquerque provides families with bus passes and transportation assistance to get to and from work and school.
Family Promise of Albuquerque will continue to develop initiatives locally as well as utilize the initiatives developed by other affiliates and the national office that match the local needs of the communities of Albuquerque and Rio Rancho. Community initiatives are a testament to the compassion—and the innovation—of Family Promise of Albuquerque volunteers, board and staff.