Our Open Table is a free community meal that is offered on the last Wednesday of each month and on Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve. All are welcome to join in the meal and no sign up is required. We are always looking for people to help with the meal, so contact the church office if you are interested.
The overall goal and purpose of Family Promise is to provide children and their families with safety, shelter, food, basic needs and assistance as they seek permanent housing. Family Promise of Greater Roanoke is unique in that it does not split up families during their crisis and is the only emergency shelter in the Valley that serves only families.
IHN, Interfaith Hospitality Network, is one program that FPGR provides. Four to five times a year, for a week at a time, our church provides a place to sleep, meals, and hospitality for up to 4 families at a time. Each family has their own room. Families are here from 6 p.m. to 7 a.m. daily. We provide volunteers who cook, serve meals, socialize with the guests, assist the parents with the children, and stay overnight.
Families are provided transportation to and from the host congregation to the Family Center daily. The Family Center, in Salem, has showers, a kitchen, laundry facilities, computers, and a small area for each family to keep their belongings. Here, the family can work one-on-one with our Program Manager to look for employment, housing, child care, and address other problems that stand in the way of permanent housing. This is their home base and serves as their mailing address during their stay.
Please consider volunteering next time our church is hosting the Interfaith Hospitality Network.
Family Promise of Greater Roanoke
Our mission is to “mobilize faith communities to return homelss families to independence by providing temporary housing and skills development.”
We are a network of 31 congregations and over 1,000 volunteers who provide temporary housing and meals for families with children. We work with 4 families at a time (14 people). We provide full-time case management to assist families in addressing and overcoming causes of homelessness and creating goals of employment, housing, education in their return to independence.
Community Outreach Program (COP) strives to improve the quality of life of children and their families living in poverty and in the inner city by providing a safe and nurturing environment where all God’s children are mentored academically, spiritually, emotionally, and physically.
Various groups from our church help this program by preparing dinners and our congregation provides financial support and periodically donates supplies for the children.
Congregations in Action (CIA) is a partnership of seven Downtown and Old Southwest congregations. Together, we seek to build relationships that make a positive change in the life of our neighbors by providing hospitality for teachers, healthy snacks for hungry kids, school supplies, and mentorship for students in the form of tutors, lunch buddies, and story tellers.