Family Promise of the Lakeshore was founded in 2009 in response to the growing number of families experiencing homelessness in Northern Ottawa and Muskegon Counties. Family Promise of the Lakeshore is part of a national faith-based network which seeks to fulfill a very basic need: dignified short-term housing for families experiencing homelessness, with an emphasis on maintaining the family unit, and with the goal of helping the family identify and sustain permanent housing.
State of Michigan Statistics:
14% of Michigan children live below the poverty line – more than 350,000 children.
Michigan ranks 20th among states in the percent of children who are poor.
A child in Michigan is born into poverty every 26 minutes.
Michigan ranks 46th (near the bottom) in employment and many social benefits have been significantly reduced.
56% of homeless individuals in families are children, most under the age of 10.
Michigan ranks 36th overall for Risk for Child Homelessness (1 being best, 50 being worst).
Family Promise is a unique partnership of diverse communities of faith, providing emergency shelter, meals and compassionate supportive services to families (with children) who are experiencing homelessness in Muskegon & north Ottawa Counties and surrounding areas while assisting families to achieve sustainable independence.
Goals for the Year:
- During the coming year Family Promise of the Lakeshore will provide emergency shelter for up to fourteen individuals (a combination of adults and children usually totaling 3-4 families) until transitional or permanent housing can be acquired.
- Family Promise of the Lakeshore, working closely with other agencies will continue to improve its family mentoring programs (that is, parenting, life skills, budgeting, etc.) to assist our guest in achieving self-sufficiency.