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Ben Salem United Church of Christ

Lehighton, PA

Fundraisers, Events & Training

Family Promise Update: Cash donations are being accepted this year, December 2020, in lieu of gifts. Checks can be mailed to the Church, earmarked for Family Promise. This money will be used to help offset the cost of the motel, food during our hosting weeks, or if there is anything last minute that the families need/want for Christmas.


  • Family Promise was founded in Summit, NJ in 1988 on the belief that people are compassionate and want to make a difference. Family Promise has grown into a national non-profit organization, mobilizing communities & existing resources to help homeless families regain their independence.
  • The issue of family homelessness has never been more critical. Last year, there were 3.5 million homeless people in the United States. Sixty-four percent of U.S. cities turned away homeless families with children because there was lack of bed space.
  • Homeless families now comprise nearly 40% of the homeless population.
  • One out of every 30 American children will experience homelessness this year.
  • Family Promise is growing. Established in 1988, there are 206 Affiliates across 43 states.
  • Family Promise provided shelter and social services to nearly 70,000 people last year…nearly 60% of them children.
  • Our Affiliates nationwide have developed more than 1,500 Community Initiatives to empower families and help them achieve lasting independence, from parenting classes and after-school tutoring to financial literacy and workforce development programs.
  • Family Promise is cost-effective. Because we utilize existing resources, we are able to deliver $3 in goods and services for every $1 we receive.
  • Family Promise works. On average, 74% of our guests secure housing within 9 weeks, helping them to achieve sustainable independence.
  • Family Promise is the leading volunteer-driven non-profit providing services to homeless families.
  • Information provided by Family Promise Carbon County, September 2017. Reference:

Family Promise Training:

All volunteers must be trained on a yearly basis. You have two options for training. Please see below......

Please contact one of the coordinators if you need the questions or if you do not have access to the Internet.

Family Promise

"How Can I Help" Talking with Guests and Volunteers.