Service and Mission
Working with Family Promise North Shore
Do you know about the work of Our Lady of Hope’s Service and Mission Committee?
Three years ago this vision group was formed to look into various ways of helping those in need around us. Our Committee started meeting in 2011/2012.
After many meetings listening to excellent options available to us locally, the group voted to join Family Promise. It is a national organization that used to be called National Interfaith Hospitality Network and started in 1986. The closest chapter and only one in Massachusetts was in Worcester and Boston’s great needs were evident as the homeless family population increased greatly.
We chose to get on board with helping a chapter of Family Promise to be opened on the North Shore. We met and discussed the progress and struggles the organization went through to get thirteen host churches to pass city and state regulations for temporary Overnight Occupancy permits and building code regulations for housing 2-4 families or up to 14 guests for one week four times spread out over one year (4x13=52 weeks a year) and several service churches to help the host churches with meals.
Finally, Family Promise North Shore Boston opened here in April, 2013.
Our Lady of Hope has been part of this effort from the beginning. We invite you to join us. Please visit the website www.familypromisensb.org
On the Home page, you will get to know us by clicking “About Us” and will also find there the Volunteer Form to see options of ways to help out, whether actually at the Church site where Our Lady of Hope is a service team, First Congregational Church, Wenham four weeks out of the year. Our next weeks for 2015 are June 21-28, September 20-27, and December 20-27. Each volunteer is only asked to do one two hour shift during the week we serve. You may also do your volunteer shift at the Day Center in Beverly helping with office duties.
You will find a great deal more information on the website. Also, feel free to contact Nancy Salah at email@example.com or 978-356-2522 during weekdays.
The following is a link to one of a number of articles that appeared in the Ipswich Chronicle about Family Promise:
Donate Goods or Services
A great way to support Family Promise North Shore Boston in helping homeless families on the North Shore is to donate goods or services that we need. If you would like to help in this way, please browse our “wish list” of one-time and ongoing needs below. Then, if you can supply any of these items, please e-mail russ@FamilyPromiseNSB.org so that we can organize the donations so as to avoid duplicates.