Family Promise of Lake Houston

 

Being without a safe, warm place to sleep and eat is a profound crisis for anyone, but most especially for small children. There is an estimated 900 to 1,400 families with children in Harris County alone who are homeless. Humble ISD confirms that there are 972 children currently enrolled in school who are classified as homeless.


Our Mission: Family Promise of Lake Houston will provide a caring and positive environment for homeless children and their families while they design and execute a plan to break the cycle of homelessness in their lives. While utilizing the energy of over 2,800 community volunteers, together we are dedicated to serve families who seek to be accountable, resilient, and strive for a better tomorrow for their families.

 

We serve low-income families that become homeless due to an unfortunate circumstance, such as a fire, flood, the death of a spouse, loss of a job, an eviction, or a foreclosure of a home. Our families include infants, children, teenagers, and couples. Single men and anyone with serious psychiatric problems or those with current drug or alcohol addiction problems are not appropriate; however, we work closely with other shelters in the area to ensure that those we are unable to serve find shelter elsewhere.


FPLH stresses the importance of keeping families together. Families need time to heal and work together to gain their independence from poverty and homelessness.


Our Program provides daily support and educational programs for 90 to 120 days that lead each family to permanent self-sufficiency. During the day time hours, the families are at our Life Skills Center working with the director on: Individual Case Management, Weekly Goal Setting Life Skills Classes, a Fast Track GED Certificate Program, an Individualized Education Program, Parenting and Money Management Classes. We also provide a two year After Care Program for all of our graduates to enhance their success.


During the evening hours, families reside at one of our thirteen Host Congregations located in Humble, Atascocita, Huffman, Kingwood and Porter. Trained volunteers bring in home cooked meals, spend time reading and mentoring the families and providing a safe and warm environment for them to spend the night.


We have over 2800 community volunteers dedicated to the success of our families. FPLH could not exist without the love and compassion of these wonderful volunteers!


FPLH requires that families save 80% of their income while in our shelter. Without food and housing expenses our families are able to develop a reserve. This income base allows each family to take the necessary steps toward independence and a better life for themselves and their loved ones. The savings help with apartment escrow and home down payments.

 

Family Promise operates at less than 1/3 the average cost of most shelters, and does not accept State or Federal funding to provide any service to our families or community.