About Family Promise

Family Promise of Carbon County is a public charity whose mission is to provide temporary shelter, meals, and fellowship in order to meet the basic needs of families without permanent housing in Carbon County and the surrounding communities.

Families are educated, encouraged and empowered to become self-sufficient by support from the faith community and other local community resources.

Family Promise of Carbon County forms a network of host locations who agree to house homeless guests for one-week intervals. Support organizations (churches, community groups, scouts, etc.) provide additional volunteers and financial donations to the mission.  The concept was originated in 1986 by Karen Olson, a business woman from New Jersey. Today, there are more than 180 Family Promise networks across the country, each serving homeless families in their communities.

Locally, Family Promise of Carbon County was formed in 2009 by a core group of passionate citizens, led by Larissa Kimmel. Larissa discovered the program when she visited the affiliate in nearby Monroe County. She held community meetings and served as the organization’s first President.


The small staff of Family Promise of Carbon County provides the glue at the center of the hub.  In addition to providing direct services and counseling to our guests, our director has a full plate of responsibilities.  Our director organizes the schedule for 12-13 host locations and organizes and trains volunteers from the host locations, support organizations and the community.  He coordinates donations and keeps the community aware of any specific family needs through newsletters and social media. He provides structure and oversees the policies and procedures for operating an efficient shelter program.

We also employ a full-time case manager and part-time van drivers who transport homeless guests from our office/day center to the sleeping location each night.

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You can give to Family Promise of Carbon County safely and securely. Simply click here to visit our donation page.

Host Congregations

All Faiths Tabernacle, Weisport
All Saints Episcopal, Lehighton
Ben Salem UCC, Lehighton
CCC, Weisport
Christ ELCA, Jim Thorpe
Dinkey Memorial ELCA
First UCC, Palmerton
Jerusalem ELCA, Trachsville
Peoples EC, Lehighton
Scared Heart, Palmerton
Trinity ELCA, Bowmanstown
Zion UCC, Lehighton

Support Congregations

First Presbyterian, Lehighton
Church of LDS
Christ UCC, Jim Thorpe
Discovery Fellowship
Emmanuel UCC
Grace ELCA
Grace/St. Paul UMC
Holy Trinity ELCA
Jerusalem UCC
Salem United Methodist
St. John Lutheran
St. John ELCA Heights
St. Johns Episcopal
St. Mark/John Episcopal
St. Johns Mahoning
St. Matthew ELCA
Trinity ELCA