alleviating poverty

We care deeply about those in our community who do not have adequate resources. In the past several years we have partnered with the Salvation Army on several projects to provide, food, clothing, and toys for families who are experiencing hardships. As we begin deeper conversations about how we can walk with these families to bring about greater transformation, we continue with our current projects:

  • Blessing Bottles provide a resource guide and bag of food and hygiene items
  • Soles for Tots provides shoes for needy children
  • Family Promise is coming in 2018 (see below)
  • Mercy Support Services Support -a-Home helps families with temporary housing

Family Promise is coming to

Fleming Island United Methodist Church April 8 - 15, 2018!

A stronger community — one family at a time.

Family Promise of Jacksonville is a non-profit, interfaith hospitality network providing temporary assistance, hospitality and case management for families with children experiencing homelessness.  We recognize that poverty is a multifaceted problem that requires a multifaceted response. Our interfaith, nonsectarian network brings the faith community together to help our community’s families regain housing, independence and dignity in a time of need.  With an 85% success rate of homeless to home transition, Family Promise of Jacksonville is building better communities, one family at a time.

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Our church will host program participants at the church for three 1-week sessions during the year.  Typically, 2-3 families at a time are participating in the program.  We will provide food for breakfast, prepare lunches and prepare and serve dinner to these families for one full week.  Program vans transport the families to the family center at First United Methodist in downtown Jacksonville for work/school/mentoring every morning.  Since we do not have shower facilities on site, they will eat breakfast, shower and dress for the day at the family center.  They return “home” to us at the end of their day.  We will have a room set up for each family with beds, linens and anything to make it more like home.  We will provide their evening meal and often lend an ear or time to play or help with their children.  Each night, we are required to have two church volunteers remain at the church overnight for support and supervision.  Please prepare your heart to set aside just a little time next year to make this program possible.  The program exists all over the country and has changed the hearts of the families involved – those who are guests and those who take them in!


(Training will be provided in the fall by Family Promise Jacksonville)


Setup Team (4):  Set up air mattresses, make beds with linens/pillows, provide other room essentials

Meal Team (8): Develop a schedule of volunteers to donate breakfast items and to prepare dinners.  Send reminders, deal with emergency cancellations, volunteer to cook an evening meal

Breakdown Team (5): Before Sunday service, break down and pack up rooms -- air mattresses, pillows, other necessities, clean rooms, wash linens and return to church for next rotation.

Evening Hosts, 5:30-7:30 pm (2-3): Serve dinner and clean up, be available to help or play with the children, help with homework or provide other assistance as needed.  

Overnight Hosts, 8:30 pm-7:30 am (2):  Two volunteer church member are required to stay overnight at the church to support and supervise our guests.  

Questions?  Contact:

Anne Kail