St. Francis is one of 35 local churches that partners with Family Promise/ Wake Hospitality Network (WIHN) to provide lodging, meals and childcare on a rotating basis to homeless families in our area. Our mission is to help homeless families achieve independent living by providing lodging, meals, and childcare in times of transition and need.
Three times a year we host homeless families for one week here on our parish campus.
The families stay in Clare Hall and we provide meals, hospitality, child care, lodging and transportation.
Dates/weeks – Easter, 4th of July and Christmas
St. Francis Continues to Reach Out
As things begin to reopen, many of our partners in the community serving the most vulnerable are also evolving their ways to receive volunteers and donations. We are continuing to keep the parish webpage updated with opportunities for parishioners to serve others during this time and make donations. Go to https://www.stfrancisraleigh.org/offer-or-receive-help/ and find all the latest.
We want to highlight that in a couple weeks, St. Francis will be providing meals to homeless families who are in the program of Family Promise. Normally these families would be sleeping on our campus and having meals. Currently, however, because of COVID-19, they are being temporarily housed in an apartment. Thus, our ministry will be providing supplies and preparing and delivering meals on Mon., 6/29, Wed., 7/1 and Fri., 7/3. If you are willing to help with this, you can contact our ministry leader directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are many ways volunteers can help:
- Bring and/or serve hot, nutritious meals for one or more nights.
- Provide childcare for small children during the evening. Bring your children to play!
- Be an overnight host to offer hospitality and maintain safety.
- Drive the van to pick up the families from the Family Promise day center before dinner
or return them to the Family Promise day center in the morning.
- Wash laundry at the end of the week.
It is a privilege to open our doors and our hearts to families in need.