Family Promise of Hudson County, a new nonprofit providing temporary shelter to homeless families locally, officially opened its doors with a formal ribbon cutting ceremony.

A local affiliate of a national nonprofit, Family Promise works to keep entire homeless families together by relying on places of worship, or host congregations, to provide shelter. Host congregations are currently based in Jersey City and Hoboken, with additional support coming from congregations in Bayonne and Hoboken.

CarePoint Health was announced as the affiliate’s official health care partner.

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“There are a number of organizations and programs that provide incredible support for the homeless in Hudson County,” said Tiffany Kane, Executive Director of Family Promise of Hudson County.

“However, there are few offerings for homeless families that allow the entire family to find shelter and services together,” Kane said. “Through Family Promise’s unique shelter model, children will be able to remain in their schools, parents can remain at their jobs, and entire families will be able to receive services through our case management and support system.”

Each night, families will stay at one of Family Promise of Hudson County’s host congregations. Each day, they will travel to the Family Promise drop-in center, located at Fountain of Salvation Church in Jersey City. There, families will receive services to ensure they get back on their feet, which will include counseling, connections to local resources such as health care, and housing assistance.

The community welcomed Family Promise of Hudson County at Fountain of Salvation Church on Feb. 22. After remarks from Kane, Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop, Hudson County Freeholder Anthony Romano and Caroline Caulfield, Correspondence Coordinator for U.S. Sen. Cory Booker, the ribbon was cut to officially offer services to homeless families.

In front of the elected officials, local community leaders, and host- and support-congregation representatives and other friends, Family Promise of Hudson County announced that CarePoint Health will be its exclusive healthcare partner.

“CarePoint has been actively involved in Hoboken and Jersey City in working to provide health care services to the homeless community,” said Peter Daniels, Chief Operating Officer of CarePoint Health

“However, families at risk of homelessness do not always have the network or services available to help them,” Daniels said.` “When we heard about Family Promise and the work they will be doing in the community, we immediately wanted to get involved as health care partners to help reach this often-overlooked community.”