The mission of Family Promise of Bristol is to help low-income families, that are encountering homelessness, achieve sustainable independence through a community-based response. Family Promise provides temporary, transitional shelter for families with children. Through intensive case management, our program assists families with becoming self-sufficient, while the desired outcome is leading to stable housing. In 2010, the United Way of Bristol conducted a community needs assessment. One need identified was the number of families in the community with no stable living arrangements. Family Promise of Bristol is a direct result of that United Way assessment. A founding Board of Directors laid the foundation for the agency. Family Promise obtained 501(c)3 status in June 2011 and accepted the first family in August 2012.
Family Promise of Bristol offers a program to assist families with children that are encountering homelessness in the area. Family Promise focuses on keeping the family together, as one unit, during their overnight accommodations (provided by area congregations). The agency’s goal is to strengthen the family unit, keep the families together, and help them become stronger and self-sufficient. Family Promise strives to provide an intensive case management program while teaching deep, long-lasting employment and financial planning skills and techniques. The program focuses on the quality of services provided, proving for a stronger outcome, rather than the number of individuals served. The agency aims to assist families with children by helping them identify the cause of their situation and to address those identified needs. With assistance and guidance from the Case Manager, families work through any barriers preventing them to achieving permanent and stable housing. Combined efforts of twenty-three collaborative churches (host & support), hundreds of volunteers, an active Board of Directors, and only two staff members coordinate the services offered by Family Promise of Bristol.