In 2000, the Greater Beloit Social Justice and Community Action Committee took on an initiative to address the homeless problem in our community. They realized they couldn't do it by themselves. Meetings were organized, invitations were sent out, speakers were arranged. Brainstorming was common. Out of each meeting came action items. A strong core of participants continued to be involved. Tom Kelly discovered an organization called the Interfaith Hospitality Network. In 2001, Hands of Faith was incorporated and affiliated with the IHN, adopting their model for servicing homeless families. In July 2017, we became Family Promise of Greater Beloit.
For the last few years in Beloit, Wisconsin, the local public school district has identified over 500 children in grades K-12 as being housing unstable.
Family Promise of Greater Beloit's mission is to help homeless families with children with safe shelter, food, counseling and a path to stable housing. Family Promise in Greater Beloit was able to deliver 3,400 shelter nights in 2015 comprised of 22 families totaling 79 individuals. We are on a similar pace for 2016. Eleven of the 22 families were able to move from our program into housing, which is an improved percentage over 2014.
Our goal is to continue to improve our processes, our services and our presence in the community.