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Become a Host Site


Family Promise’s rotational 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 bus ride to our 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

Local congregations, civic groups, and other organizations are partnered with one of our host sites to provide volunteers to assist with all of the above activities. They are involved every step of the way, just like the host groups, but do not provide the facilities.


  • 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 site or support group?

Become A Host Site/ Support Group

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Committed Host Congregations

  • Christ the King, Delafield

  • Church of the Resurrection, Pewaukee

  • Cornerstone Presbyterian, Delafield

  • Delafield Presbyterian Church, Delafield

  • Emmanuel United Church of Christ, Dousman

  • First Congregational UCC, Oconomowoc

  • Gethsemane United Methodist Church, Pewaukee

  • Oakwood Church, Hartland

  • Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, Hartland

  • Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, Oconomowoc

  • Reformation Lutheran Church, Town of Genesee

  • St. Theresa, Eagle

Committed Support Congregations

  • Acts 2 Church, Genesee Depot

  • Church of the Resurrection, Pewaukee

  • Cross Lutheran, Ixonia

  • Evangelical & Reformed United Church of Christ, Waukesha

  • Grace Church, Delafield

  • Highview Presbyterian Church, Dousman

  • Hope Church, Oconomowoc

  • Lake Country Unitarian Universalist Church, Hartland

  • St. Anthony on the Lake, Pewaukee

  • St. Catherine’s, Mapleton

  • St. James, Mukwonago

  • St. Jerome Catholic Church, Oconomowoc

  • St. Joan of Arc, Nashotah

  • St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, Dousman

  • St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Oconomowoc

  • Waukesha Church of Christ, Waukesha