Community Resource, Homeless Shelter in Acadiana
The Family Promise network is an organization providing shelter, meals and comprehensive support to families without homes. It was founded in New Jersey in 1986, and now has programs in most states across the country. The network has more than 115,000 volunteers from over 5,000 congregations of all denominations nationwide, who have worked together in providing homeless families with hospitality, support and basic needs. Family Promise volunteers have helped make a difference in over 130,000 lives nationwide by helping homeless families get back on their feet.Call 337-233-3447
714 Johnston Street
Lafayette, LA 70501
In 2004, Family Promise of Acadiana was established as the first Family Promise network in Louisiana. It is the only program in the area that offers shelter to entire families, including teen boys and single dads. Family unit must include children in order to be eligible for entry into our program. There are several host and support churches in the Family Promise of Acadiana network.
Applicants are screened and must demonstrate a willingness to actively improve their situation. Ninety percent of guests come through referrals from the Lafayette Parish public school district’s homeless education program; two-thirds of guests have been children.
• Once applicants are admitted into the program, volunteers at the congregations provide them with meals, support and living accommodations. Host churches provide the facility where guests can spend the night and have an evening meal. Hosting rotates weekly among the congregations in the network. Each congregation provides services for three to four families for one week each.
• A Day Center is provided for guests, where the program director provides case management services. The center provides guests a home base for housing and employment searches, as well as access to showers and laundry facilities. Many guests are employed during the day; children attend school or daycare.