On the corner of Tscache and Sacco, something very special is happening, and last Friday The Work Spot got a taste of what is to come. Adjacent to Bozeman’s new affordable housing development is a building (building doesn’t do justice) which stands as a beacon of hope for family, our community, and Montana. The bedrock of this inspiration: Family Promise of Gallatin Valley. A nonprofit whose mission is to empower families experiencing homelessness through service and support, Family Promise has a beautiful vision of ending homelessness in our valley, one family at a time.
Fifteen years ago, Family Promise was founded by the Gallatin Valley Interfaith Agency to meet the needs of an underserved homeless population in Bozeman. Originally a partnership with eight churches in the community, Family Promise operated with their support for three years, but in 2009 raised funds and purchased an additional home, the Family Day Center, and has been growing steadily since.
Family Promise functions in three directions: prevention, shelter, and stabilization. While providing shelter is an essential first step to getting families back on their feet, it is rarely enough to make a lasting difference. Since their inception, Family Promise has focused its energy towards providing holistic support in the form of childcare, employment, and financial counseling, transportation, and transitional housing.