Family Promise assistance programs Monroe County.

Programs from Family Promise can offer short term relief as well as put the client on the path to overcoming poverty or homelessness. The charity, church based organization is focused on helping the vulnerable in Monroe County Pennsylvania. There is no discrimination based on age, religion, or background, and anyone can apply for assistance, though not everyone will be able to enroll into the programs.

Some of the key highlights of what is offered is below. For families from Stroudsburg facing hunger, a pantry is available. There is a shelter for single moms and children. Emergency services is the use of cash grants to pay for some or all of rent or say an electric bill. In some cases, staff will also try to help a client negotiate a payment plan, enroll into government benefits, and offer other hands on support.

Over 10% of Americans and people from the Stroudsburg area struggle with paying for food and feeding their families. Thousands of residents of Monroe County have this same food insecurity. To help meet at least the local demand, the Family Promise pantry as well as soup kitchen provides emergency assistance to hungry individuals and families.

There is help for existing clients as well as shelter guests. These individuals are eligible to receive food assistance from the churches, basic needs such as clothing and hygiene supplies, and other aid once every six months. An appointment is needed. Applicants should have a photo ID and copy of/original Social Security cards for all people that are living in the household.

Family Promise Safe Home is for people who have fled their homes due to domestic violence. It is a short term shelter for those with no other safe place to go. Services are also provided as part of the Safe House, such as the following.

  • Information on free legal aid for needs such as a restraining order or prosecuting violence. This can help the client find a lifestyle free of violence.
  • Family Promise will arrange for food, clothing, meals, a laundry room, and more at the shelter.

This program is open for both English speakers as well as non-English speakers, such as immigrants. Assistance is also for women and their children.





Additional shelters and transitional housing are offered by the churches in partnership with Interfaith Hospitality Networks (IHNs). There is mentoring given to the clients to end the cycle of evictions and homelessness. The staff also advocate on behalf of the people staying as part of the IHN service.

Basic Needs and Emergency Financial Assistance: Funds or loans from donations raised by the IHN Network may be used to cover rent or mortgage payments for those who have received eviction or foreclosure notices. Family Promise may, in some cases, also offer motel vouchers for those who are homeless; assist with utility bills for customers who have received shut-off notices; or help with burial or prescription medication needs.

Any financial help is combined with guidance from Just Mentoring. This service is used to break a cycle of poverty, and it will help clients gain stability so they can pay their bills on their own. Therefore, not only may Family Promise offer food or grants for rent/utilities, but free transportation can also be given for a job interview or doctor appointment.

Children that are staying in the shelter can access the Pre-K Counts educational program. This resources serves children aged three to five years. It was founded to help young children in Monroe County Pennsylvania grow academically and socially. The curriculum is followed by Family Promise, but it is based on guidelines set by the Pennsylvania Office of Child Development and Early Learning. The end result is that it prepares kids to begin kindergarten.




Many other programs are administered by Family Promise, most of which resolve around financial aid and support to end homelessness or hunger. For more information, call (570)420-8589. Or the main office is at 1474 N. Ninth Street, Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania 18360.


By Jon McNamara

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