Our office hours are Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. No walk-ins accepted. Contact should be made by phone or referral from another organization. Family Promise of Anderson County works with local faith-based congregations to provide shelter, food and case management services to families in crisis. The Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN) Program coordinates existing local resources to help families as they work to gain their independence. These resources include congregational spaces for overnight stays, a day center, case management services, coordination of community services, and most importantly, volunteers. The director and case manager meet with the family to delve into their history and the root causes of their homelessness. They assess where the family is and how willing they are to move forward. The eligibility criteria below guides the intake and screening process outlined. Once a family is accepted into the IHN Program, they begin case management services involving assessment, goal-setting, and outcome measurement. The adults and/or teenagers meet weekly with the case manager to measure their progress toward their goals as individuals and as a family. They have a plan which guides them to reaching each goal whether it is obtaining a job, securing transitional housing, or going back to school. Each plan is unique and measured in various ways. Through a partnership with Grace Episcopal Church, we offer transitional housing for our families as they exit our Interfaith Hospitality Network. These Sunshine Houses will provide an affordable, safe and consistent home for guests as they start work, pay off debt and become fiscally stable while continuing case management services with us. Our New Beginnings financial education program will also help with their transition as they learn to budget, spend frugally and plan for future expenses. Eligibility Criteria 1. Adult guests must be without permanent housing and have legal custody of a minor child. Extended family may join them. 2. Guests cannot be using drugs or alcohol or abusing prescription drugs AND must submit to and pass a drug screen. They must also agree to being screened during their participation in the program. 3. Guests must submit to and pass a criminal background check. 4. Guests must not have an "active" domestic violence case or be in danger from a spouse, partner or other family member. 5. Guests must be willing to abide by the guidelines, rules and promises set forth by Family Promise and the host congregations. 6. Guests will develop with staff a case management plan and agree to the outcomes and tasks in it. 7. Guests will make themselves available to staff for weekly progress meetings. 8. Guests cannot be pregnant or plan on becoming pregnant while in the program. Intake and Screening Process Schools, agencies and organizations may make referrals to Family Promise of families that they believe meet the criteria of the program. Phone Interview 1. The staff will conduct a phone interview of the family. No volunteers are to take on this task. 2. The staff will set up the interview and notify the guest. In some cases, the referring agency may set that appointment. 3. After or at the conclusion of the phone interview, the case manager or director will determine if the guest meets the criteria AND if they are an appropriate match with the program. 4. A background check will be conducted prior to scheduling a face-to-face interview. 5. If the client does not meet the criteria or is not an appropriate match with the program, the staff person will refer the individual to other resources in the community. 6. If the client meets the criteria and is a match, the staff person will set up a face-to-face interview. Face-to-Face Interview 1. The director and case manager will conduct an interview of the family. 2. The director will determine admittance of the family into the program. If the family is admitted, then a drug screen will be. 3. If a family is not admitted, the director will notify them within 48 hours. A family may be placed on a waiting list if a space will become available within one week.