Family Promise July Update

Family Promise of Grayson County
“Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it.” – Hebrews 13:2


Through Family Promise of Grayson County (affiliate of the national organization, Family Promise), FUMC-Sherman is partnering with 20 churches in our community to help situational homeless and low-income families achieve sustainable independence. Family Promise is a 28 year old organization with 180,000 volunteers serving 50,000 people annually.


  • Impact
    • Every Family Promise Affiliate provides families experiencing homelessness with not just shelter, but community. Our guests are housed in a warm, welcoming environment, typically in congregational buildings, and hundreds of volunteers in each community participate, bringing meals, staying the night, or playing with children. The outcome is not just cost savings from using these existing resources but the creation of a network that addresses the families’ daily needs. The program gives families hope and confidence, connecting them to community resources and empowering them to independence. That combination is what makes Family Promise unique. The outcome is thousands of families each year going from homeless to sustainably housed.
  • Making Success Possible
    • Family Promise is able to provide services at a fraction of the cost of traditional shelter because we use existing resources in the community. We mobilize volunteers to turn the space in congregations into welcoming homes for families while they are in our program. This is where most Family Promise volunteers participate: at a hosting congregation, staying overnight, engaging with families in communal activities, and making meals. These actions are what all of us do every day in our own homes, but they are transformative for homeless families. Our workforce of dedicated volunteers ensures that the needs of the families we serve are met and that, while they may be without homes, they are not without hope.


We empower families.  We build communities.  We create solutions. We keep parents together with their children. We offer shelter.  We offer hope. We offer home.


Our church hosts families for one week, approximately once per quarter (4 weeks per year). There are many opportunities to volunteer to support the program by providing food, and spending time with the guest family.

Visit the Family Promise of Grayson County website for updates on this important program. Contact Pastor Sam Parson for more information about this ministry.