Our History

…because every child deserves a home

Family Promise of Hamilton County is the local affiliate of the national program whose vision is to be a nation in which every family has a home, a livelihood, and the chance to build a better future.

Family Promise began on October 27, 1986 in New Jersey by Karen Olsen who wanted to help the homeless. She brought together people in need with already existing community resources. Congregations provided hospitality space, a local YMCA provided showers and a car dealer gave them a van. The model spread in New Jersey and in 1988 the program went national as the National Interfaith Hospitality Network. In 2003 the name was changed to Family Promise to refer to the promise and potential inherent in every family, even if they don’t currently have a place to sleep.

Our affiliate began in 2015 when a small band of dedicated people began searching for solutions for the homeless in Hamilton County. They held informational meetings, learned about other national and state programs, and believed that Family Promise was the right program for our community.

In 2018, the first Board of Trustees was formed, along with gaining our 501 (c) (3) status and Family Promise of Hamilton County became a national affiliate. On May 9, 2019 we opened the doors of our Day Center and served our first family a few weeks later.

We are grateful for this first Board which worked diligently to launch Family Promise of Hamilton County.

Roger Crim – President
Faith Jackson – Vice President
Tom Agnew – Treasurer
Stacy Mahan – Secretary
Judy Apple-VanAlstine
Rita Ash
Donnie Beene
Cindy Benedict
Suzi Fouch

Jennifer Harris
Liz Hlebasko
DeWitt Hoover
Amber Janes
Shannon Jenkins
And a special thanks to Father Lee at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church who was the first to commit a congregation to Family Promise

We are proud to be an affiliate of Family Promise and look forward to making a difference in Hamilton County while contributing to this national story:

About Family Promise of Hamilton County

Family Promise of Hamilton County is a non-profit 501(c)(3) addressing the needs of families experiencing homelessness in Hamilton County, Indiana.

Based on the support of volunteers and host congregations, Family Promise builds programs from existing resources so they can be implemented quickly, and without major start-up costs.

Our Address

  • PO Box 2073, Noblesville, IN 46061
  • (317) 774-5196
  • @FPHamiltonCo
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