Family Promise at Highlands


Family Promise of Jacksonville

Family Promise of Jacksonville is a non-profit, interfaith hospitality network providing temporary shelter, meals, hospitality, and case management for families experiencing homelessness. We do this through the participation of local congregations, dedicated staff, and hundreds of volunteers.

The Inspiration Behind Family Promise.

The inspiration for Family Promise began with a woman who regularly encountered homeless people in New York City.  Karen Olson, now President of the organization nationally, came to know many of the city’s homeless people after she and her two sons began to bring food to them.Olson soon learned even in her home community of Union County, NJ, there were hundreds of homeless people, including families.  She looked to the religious community for help, convinced that together they could do what they couldn’t do alone.

Within ten months, 11 area congregations came forward to provide hospitality space within their buildings.  All the pieces fell into place and on October 27, 1986, the first Interfaith Hospitality Network opened its doors.

Since then, Family Promise has established 158 affiliates in 41 states, using the services of more than 130,000 volunteers and 5000 congregations. Family Promise provides shelter, meals, housing, and job placement support to more than 20,000 homeless family members annually, 58 percent of them children.

Making a Difference in Our Community.

Family Promise of Jacksonville opened its doors to families in need on June 12, 2006 and our first family consisted of 2 moms with 6 children between them. Since that time we have served many more families in crisis and will continue to do so for years to come.

Family Promise is

Alive and Well 



Family Promise of Jacksonville provides shelter, meals, and comprehensive support to families and children without homes.  Highlands is a “host” congregation providing overnight accommodations and meals for 3-5 families for one week every 15-18 weeks on a rotating basis.