Families “graduate” if they secure employment and housing by their exit date. Family Promise’s Graduate Program keeps families engaged with staff and peer support 24 months post-graduation.
For this reason, we also lovingly call this program “Connections.” We make sure parents and children know they are still part of the Family Promise family and can turn to us for help, even after they moved out.
We don’t want to see a slide back into homelessness. Continued cash flow training and resources such as food boxes, diapers, birthday/holiday gifts, and referrals are key to preventing larger emergencies.
Meet Ciara, one of our moms and 2021 graduates. She moved to Arizona for a change of scenery. She got an unexpected one 8 months later when false claims about noise at her apartment forced her to voluntarily give it up. Ciara spent one month in shelter until an apartment with a housing voucher was ready. “I can finally go home again,” she said.