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Host and Support Congregations 


Family Promise’s shelter program relies on a partnership of interfaith congregations and other volunteer groups to help local families facing homelessness. Our host sites provide lodging, meals and hospitality to families in need. For families in the program, each day begins with breakfast at a host site with volunteers, followed by a van ride to our Resource Center. In the evening, guests return to the host site, where volunteers provide dinner and spend some quality time. The evening hours are for homework, relaxing and family fun time, as they would be with any family. Each day ends with the family all together, under one roof.


Local houses of worship provide temporary overnight lodging in otherwise unused spaces in their buildings. A host congregation team of volunteers may be involved with the following:


  • Cooking and hosting dinner

  • Spending the evening with families, talking, tutoring kids or playing games

  • Sleeping overnight in the congregation

  • Coordinating children’s crafts & activities

  • Donating necessary supplies for the hosting week

  • Setting up and breaking down guest families’ rooms


  • Families stay overnight, not 24 hours a day

  • Each congregation hosts families for just one week, four times a year

  • Guests consist of only two to four families   (14 children & adults max)

  • Family Promise runs criminal background checks and drug screenings on all program participants


  • A Family Promise driver transports the families to and from the host facility and carries their bedding and luggage to each new host location

We need your help! Can your faith group become a host or support congregation?

Become A Host Congregation

Thank you for your interest we will contact you soon!


Committed Host Congregations

  • Ascension Catholic Community

  • Christ Central Church

  • Faith Viera Lutheran Church

  • First Baptist Cocoa Church

  • First Church of Melbourne

  • Grace United Methodist Church

  • Our Savior's Catholic Community

  • Riverside Presbyterian Church

  • Rockledge United Methodist Church

  • St. John's Episcopal Church

  • St. Mark's United Methodist Church

  • Suntree United Methodist Church

  • Temple Beth Shalom

  • Trinity Wellsprings Church

Committed Support Congregations

  • Advent Lutheran Church

  • Christ Episcopal Church

  • Church of our Saviour Episcopal Church

  • Church at Viera

  • Emmanuel United Methodist Church

  • Faith Fellowship Church

  • First Presbyterian Church of Palm Bay

  • Grace Life Church

  • Grace Communion Church

  • Hope Episcopal Church

  • Hope Lutheran Church

  • ​Merritt Island Presbyterian Church​
  • Mosaic Palm Bay 
  • Pineda Presbyterian Church
  • Prince of Peace Church
  • St. David's by the Sea
  • St. Mark's Episcopal Church
  • Surfside Community Fellowship
Host Congregation List
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