Our housing program is unique in that families can stay together in our homes. It’s often the case in local shelter models that males age 12 and older are separated from females, which means fathers with daughters are separated and moms with teenage sons must live apart too. We offer the only short-term housing in Whatcom County for all types of struggling families to live together, as well as intensive case management. The goal is to set the family on a path back to self-sufficiency and their own home.
Working Together Toward Success
We manage three partnership houses belonging to congregations: Our Saviour’s and Disciples House in Bellingham, and Grace House in Blaine. We’ve also embarked on a partnership with the City of Ferndale, offering two additional transitional homes, Ferndale House, for families needing shelter in that city. Another model includes eight Interfaith Homes under the ownership of Interfaith Coalition: A fourplex, a single-family home called Little House and a triplex called Our House in Ferndale.
In April of 2018 we opened Family Promise, another model in providing emergency housing to families experiencing homelessness. Family Promise offers overnight hospitality at our own local congregations on a rotating basis, working in partnership with other congregations. Guests are also provided meals and companionship. Based on the national Family Promise model, a key part of this program is the Day Center where guests are supported by a case manager to find permanent housing and jobs, set goals, do laundry, take showers, and be a safe place for kids too little for school.
Interfaith housing is the first step on a family’s path to starting over.