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Host Site


Family Promise of Laurens County’s shelter program relies on a partnership of interfaith congregations and other volunteer groups to help local families facing homelessness. Our host sites provide lodging, meals and hospitality to families in need. For families in the program, each day begins with breakfast at a host site with volunteers, followed by a bus ride to our Center. In the evening, guests return to the host site, where volunteers provide dinner and spend some quality time. The evening hours are for homework, relaxing and family fun time, as they would be with any family. Each day ends with the family all together, under one roof.


Local houses of worship provide temporary overnight lodging in otherwise unused spaces in their buildings. A host congregation team of volunteers may be involved with the following:


  • Cooking and hosting dinner

  • Spending the evening with families, talking, tutoring kids or playing games

  • Sleeping overnight in the congregation

  • Coordinating children’s crafts & activities

  • Donating necessary supplies for the hosting week

  • Setting up and breaking down guest families’ rooms


  • Families stay overnight, not 24 hours a day

  • Each congregation hosts families for just one week, four times a year

  • Guests consist of only two to four families   (14 children & adults max)

  • Family Promise runs criminal background checks and drug screenings on all program participants


  • A Family Promise driver transports the families to and from the host facility and carries their bedding and luggage to each new host location

We need your help! Can your faith group become a host or support congregation?

Become A Host Congregation

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Committed Host Congregations

  • First Baptist Church of Laurens

  • First Baptist Church of Clinton

  • Chestnut Ridge Baptist Church

  • Broad St. United Methodist Church

  • Davidson St. Baptist Church

  • White Plains Baptist Church

  • First United Methodist Church of Laurens

  • Todd Memorial Presbyterian Church

  • Westminster Presbyterian Church

  • Centerpoint Wesleyan Fellowship

  • Springfield Baptist Church

Committed Support Congregations

  • Friendship AME Church

  • Mountville Baptist Church

  • St. James United Methodist Church

  • Higher Heights Ministries

  • Hopewell Baptist Church

  • Bethany Presbyterian Church

  • Lydia Presbyterian Church

  • Rocky Springs Baptist Church

  • Northside Baptist Church

  • First Presbyterian Church of Clinton

  • First Presbyterian Church of Laurens

  • Heritage Fellowship

  • Lanford Baptist Church

  • Hickory Tavern Church of God

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