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Family Promise



Family Promise: It's that time again. The week of June 8 through June 15 we will be welcoming guests to our church. Family Promise is a program in Western New York that we share with other churches and that serves homeless families. We provide shelter, dinners, and fellowship four times a year. It has been a joyful experience as we get to know each other as well as these families. Can you help by providing an evening meal, staying overnight or spending some time on the weekend? Any questions or to volunteer, please contact familypromise@buffalouu.org


Family Promise of Western New York was created to unite religious and other organizations in responding to the needs of homeless families in our community.  The network provides temporary shelter, meals and assistance to homeless families, keeping families together in a safe environment, even as the program staff support the families to seek their own independence.  Family Promise is an amazing example of leveraging existing resources – opening the doors and spaces of church buildings as host sites, and opening the hearts and hands of church members – to serve folks who need a lift on their way toward sustainable independence.



As a Host/Support Congregation, UUCB provides a week of lodging, three meals a day and caring hospitality to homeless families four times each year. We have been hosting families since 2011. Volunteers are essential to the program, and provide a wide range of services such as preparing and serving meals; playing with children or helping with homework; interacting with guests with respect and compassion; and providing safe overnight housing in the church.   We also help support the organization financially. In November, 2011, the UUCB choir performed a special benefit concert, raising money for Family Promise operations and staff.


The UUCB Family Promise leaders and volunteers enthusiastically report a positive experience.  They have also begun to partner with other area churches that work with us as supporting congregations. For further information about the program, or to volunteer, please email familypromise@buffalouu.org.