Our Strength Is Our Diversity.
Although a non-religious organization, Family Promise Essex engages the faith community, through congregations of all denominations, as well as secular community and business organizations, to provide shelter, volunteers, and compassion to families in need.
All faiths share the principle of caring for others. The Old Testament’s Book of Isaiah talks about opening our doors to the homeless. The New Testament instructs throughout the Gospels that we show hospitality to strangers. In the Qur’an, believers are directed to help the destitute. Hindu texts advise that caring for the needy is “the most auspicious gift of all.” The list goes on—in every scripture there is a simple injunction: care for those who have met misfortune, for those in need, for those who have lost their homes.
This shared principle was at the core of the formation of Family Promise, when several dozen congregations in Union County, New Jersey heeded this call and opened their doors, and their hearts, to children and families experiencing homelessness in their community in 1986.
Family Promise Essex is a non-religious, non-denominational organization, that partners with a diverse array of congregations representing many denominational groups, all sharing the desire to be actively involved in empowering families. FPE also partners with secular groups–schools, businesses, civic organizations, and volunteers from the community — to address the crisis of family homelessness.
In this way, Family Promise Essex creates common ground and shared purpose among an array of communities. FPE continues the ancient tradition of hospitality, celebrating our diversity as a nation by bringing communities together to serve the needs of families facing the challenges of poverty and homelessness.
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