Through comprehensive case management, partnerships with community agencies, faith-based organizations, and volunteers, Family Promise of Monmouth County, a program within Lunch Break and an affiliate of Family Promise National, provides:
- Prevention, Shelter, and Diversion
- Clothing and other needed items
- Resources for Mental Health Services and other medical care
- Financial Assistance
As well as guidance and support in:
- Financial Literacy
- Employment Counseling
- Household Management
- Key to Good Tenancy
Across Monmouth County, we offer hospitality to families coordinated through our Day Center in Fort Monmouth. Combining emergency shelter with comprehensive and targeted services including extensive case management, we offer families a real chance to break the cycle.
And it works.
We help many people in our shelter program secure housing. Because of the depth of services and community support, families stay housed, and we provide both prevention and stabilization services to increase their impact.
How it Works
Families in our program first get emergency shelter. During the day we provide transportation to our Day Center in Oceanport and bus service for children going to school. At the Day Center, families receive case management, assistance in housing and employment and can take showers and do laundry.
Volunteers are the core of the program. They share food, spend the night, play with children and lend their passion and expertise to help families get back on their feet. They prove that motivated people can solve family homelessness. And, in the process, they truly create “home” – and a community – for families who have no place left to turn.
A Long-Term Solution
Not only does our 90% success rate mean many more families stably housed, it is also a tremendous cost saving to the community as diversion from far more expensive interventions. Our approach of keeping families together, identifying their strengths, and partnering with the community for solutions means that families are at much lower risk of returning to homelessness.
COMPREHENSIVE CASE MANAGEMENT
How it Works
Families are referred by the Board of Social Services, previous guests, clergy, other service agencies, and self-referral. When a potential guest makes the initial phone call, a preliminary assessment is performed by the Case Management Team to determine eligibility. If the family is eligible for emergency shelter services and there are openings, an in-person interview is scheduled.
During the interview, the Case Management Team reviews extensively guest policies, procedures, and expectations. Together, the Case Manager, the Life Skills Coach, and the family develop a Success Plan that establishes the goals and action steps the family will accomplish while they are in the program. Case Management sessions are required weekly to monitor progress on goals and help families overcome barriers to self-sufficiency
Family Promise provides supportive services tailored to meet the individual needs of each respective family unit. Our Case Management Team coordinates the service delivery for families to obtain identification, birth/marriage certificates, health insurance, immunizations, child support, childcare, school enrollment, transportation, parenting classes, voter registration, and other vital resources necessary to promote the long-term goal of self-sufficiency and permanent housing.
But our goal is not simply getting families into housing; it is keeping them in housing.