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.

Staff

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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Recent Facebook Posts

We are thrilled to share a message from Family Promise Founder, Karen Olson:

"As you know, I was in Kessler Rehabilitation Institute in West Orange, NJ, for 12 weeks. I am now continuing my rehabilitation on an outpatient basis. I am pleased with the progress I made while I was at Kessler and look forward to continued progress going forward. I’ve been very touched by all the prayers and communications from people across the country.

Last week I volunteered at a local Family Promise host congregation. I was so very touched by the many families that came up to me with hugs and thanking me for starting Family Promise. They shared their own stories and appreciation of support by the volunteers and staff. One woman came up to me and broke down in tears — she said felt that she had reached rock bottom and was ready to give her 5 children to her ex-husband when she came into Family Promise. She was overwhelmed by the love and support she received — she described the volunteers as earth angels. Her expression of love was very healing to me.

I am so pleased to hear of all the great work going on across the country. And I look forward to seeing everyone in 2020 at our conference in Las Vegas.”
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We are thrilled to share a message from Family Promise Founder, Karen Olson:

As you know, I was in Kessler Rehabilitation Institute in West Orange, NJ, for 12 weeks.   I am now continuing my rehabilitation on an outpatient basis.   I am pleased with the progress I made while I was at Kessler and look forward to continued progress going forward.  I’ve been very touched by all the prayers and communications from people across the country.  

Last week I volunteered at a local Family Promise host congregation.    I was so very touched by the many families that came up to me with hugs and thanking me for starting Family Promise. They shared their own stories and appreciation of support by the volunteers and staff.  One woman came up to me and broke down in tears — she said felt that she had reached rock bottom and was ready to give her 5 children to her ex-husband when she came into Family Promise.   She was overwhelmed by the love and support she received — she described the volunteers as earth angels.    Her expression of love was very healing to me.  

I am so pleased to hear of all the great work going on across the country.  And I look forward to seeing everyone in 2020 at our conference in Las Vegas.”

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Are you up and running again? Prayers for all those families who r homeless and bless all the volunteers. 🙏😀❤️

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

Contact Us

Family Promise of Carbon County
167 South 3rd Street
Lehighton, PA 18235
Phone: 610-379-4757
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