DUNWOODY, Ga. -- Families in need in DeKalb and North Fulton counties are finding shelter and a new start inside churches and synagogues as part the Family Promise program.
This week, leaders of the nonprofit are celebrating Family Promise Week, which marks the 25th anniversary of the national program.
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Family Promise is a network of congregations in 182 communities nationwide.
The nonprofit brings together churches and synagogues, which transform their classrooms and Sunday School rooms into living quarters for homeless families.
The North Fulton/DeKalb affiliate formed in January 2013 and began serving families in February with a network of 12 houses of worship.
Each one provides meals and shelter to four families and up to 14 people on a weekly rotating basis.
In less than 10 months, about 800 volunteers have invested nearly 13,000 hours to serve and provide temporary to 28 people. More than half of those served were children.
Family Promise of North Fulton/DeKalb has been able to successfully support nine families in finding jobs during 2013.
The nonprofit has also worked with other agencies in placing five families in more stable, long -term housing.
FPNFD congregations who host families include the following:
• Temple Sinai
• Dunwoody United Methodist Church
• Mount Vernon Presbyterian Church
• St. Lukes Presbyterian Church
• Roswell United Methodist Church
• Northminster Presbyterian Church
• Temple Beth Tikvah
• Roswell Presbyterian Church
• Kingswood United Methodist Church
• Alpharetta Presbyterian Church
• St. Dunstan's Episcopal Church and Holy Innocent's Episcopal Church