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Host Site


Family Promise of Barry County’s shelter program relies on a partnership of various congregations and other volunteer groups to help local families facing homelessness. Our host sites provide lodging, meals, and hospitality to families in need. For families in the program, each day begins with breakfast at a host site with volunteers, followed by a bus ride to our Center. In the evening, guests return to the host site, where volunteers provide dinner and spend some quality time. The evening hours are for homework, relaxing and family fun time, as they would be with any family. Each day ends with the family all together, under one roof.


Local houses of worship provide temporary overnight lodging in otherwise unused spaces in their buildings. A host congregation team of volunteers may be involved with the following:


  • Cooking and hosting dinner

  • Spending the evening with families, talking, tutoring kids or playing games

  • Sleeping overnight in the congregation

  • Coordinating children’s crafts & activities

  • Donating necessary supplies for the hosting week

  • Setting up and breaking down guest families’ rooms


  • Families stay overnight, not 24 hours a day

  • Each congregation hosts families for just one week, four times a year

  • Guests consist of only two to four families   (14 children & adults max)

  • Family Promise runs criminal background checks on all program participants and participants sign our code of conduct

  • A Family Promise driver transports the families to and from the host facility 

FPBC Host Congregations

FPBC Support Congregations

  • Support Congregations partner with a Host Congregation to help them fill volunteer slots and opportunities.  The strong partnership between these two churches is an example of seamless teamwork.

  • To see  a list of our Support Churches, click here

  • We could not operate Family Promise of Barry County without the selfless hospitality of our Host Congregations! 

  • To see  a list of our Host Churches, click here

We need your help! Can your faith group become a host or support congregation?

Become A Host Congregation

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