The mission of Family Promise of Colorado Springs is to engage the community and its resources in providing basic, preventative, and supportive services to families with children who are in homeless situations or at risk of becoming so.
Family Promise realizes its mission by providing families with children experiencing homelessness shelter and meals utilizing existing community resources, and building upon those basic needs through offerings of intensive case management and comprehensive wrap-around services. Family Promise's primary goal is to empower families with children to permanently transition into independent affordable housing; secondary goals include meeting families' housing needs in the most cost-effective manner possible and providing congregations with an opportunity to put their faith into action.
Family Promise’s core program is The Interfaith Hospitality Network, which derives its name from our numerous partnerships with area congregations that provide shelter and meals to families experiencing homelessness; the network includes congregations of diverse faiths and denominations. However, Family Promise provides services to all families with children regardless of personal religious beliefs, and is not a faith based organization.
Family Promise of Colorado Springs was incorporated in 1996 as Interfaith Hospitality Network of Colorado Springs, which remains its legal corporation name. IHN adopted the Family Promise of Colorado Springs Trade Name in 2014. Family Promise of Colorado Springs was founded as the grassroots initiative of local community activists alarmed by the rise of homelessness in the Pikes Peak region. One of 207 affiliated agencies in 45 states responding to the nation's homelessness crisis, Family Promise of Colorado Springs is an affiliate member of Family Promise, Inc. established in New Jersey in 1986. Family Promise of Colorado Springs is governed by a local board of directors under an independent 501(c)(3) designation, and relies on the support of the local community to offer its innovative programs and services. Family Promise of Colorado Springs’ original network of seven participating congregations has grown to 37, which includes 18 hosting congregations and 19 support congregations. Support congregations provide meals and other assistance to hosting congregations. Since hosting its first family twenty years ago Family Promise of Colorado Springs and its partnering congregations have housed more than 2,100 parents and children from more than 550 families.