Family Promise Volunteer Training and Information

Monday, May 7 at 6:30pm to 8:00pm.
Location: Congregation B’nai Jacob 176 West Side Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07305

Family Promise of Hudson County is a non-profit that shelters and aids families in Hudson County. By pulling together community resources, families can be kept together while barriers to self-sustainability are addressed.

Our role will be to feed and house families at night, probably no more than 14 people for a week.  We are committed to doing this 4 times a year.

Our first week will be May 13 to May 20.

In the morning, the families will be picked up by Family Promise for shower and breakfast, the children will be sent to their schools, and the parents will receive training, counselling, and other things needed to become self-sustaining.

If the families are not in homes of their own after staying with us, one of the other congregations involved will shelter them for the next week while more work is done to get the families “on their feet”.

A common model is for volunteers to work in two shifts. The first group provides dinner, and the second stays overnight with the families. And, even if you can only volunteer for an hour or two, that can be helpful.

If you are interested in volunteering or are simply curious about the program, please come to the Shul on Monday, May 7 at 6:30pm.

RSVP is not required, but it would be helpful to know how many people are coming. If you plan to attend or have questions, please reply to this letter or e-mail Jeff:


Here is some information from Family Promise of Hudson County:

What We Do: In addition to providing emergency sheltering, we also provide case management and connection to resources. Our goal is to help families find sustainable and successful housing solutions.

Why We Do It: Currently, there is no other emergency shelter in Hudson County that houses the whole family. Imagine a single father raising his children and he just can’t make ends meet. Currently, our area has no way to keep them together. A mother raising an adult son with disabilities would be separated because on paper, they are single adults. Family Promise of Hudson County will be able to keep these families together and can work with them to find a sustainable way back on their feet.

We Need You! Volunteers are an integral part of the Family Promise model. Volunteers are needed for shifts of cooking dinner and eating dinner with our guests, activities time and even sleeping over! There are options for all types of volunteers. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please contact us!