A Support Faith Community is different from a Host Congregation in that it doesn’t open its facility to host families. Instead, the Support Faith Community is partnered with a Host Congregation and provides volunteers to help the Host Congregation during their host week. Many congregations choose to become a Support Faith Community because of space limitations, size of the congregation or other restrictions. This is a great option for these faith communities because their members are still able to volunteer and impact local families’ lives without having to commit their building. The following are the basic elements needed to be a Support Faith Community:
- Volunteers: A Support Faith Community provides needed volunteers for their Host Congregation to help cover volunteer shifts during the host week. There should always be at least 2 volunteers present and generally not more than 6 at a time at the Host Congregation. All volunteers complete training and orientation before they begin serving.
- The Faith Community provides a person(s) to serve as the Primary Coordinator to recruit needed volunteers for the host week, attend scheduled meetings and act as the main contact for the congregation.
- The Faith Community will consider providing financial support.
- The Faith Community also commits to:
- Make a minimum one year commitment in writing.
- Publicize and promote the Family Promise Program within the faith community.
- Promote and support fundraising events.
Committed Support Faith Communities for GPFP
- Epiphany United Methodist Church, South Portland
- Saint Bartholomew Catholic Church, Cape Elizabeth
- Thornton Heights United Methodist Church, South Portland
- Saint Albans Episcopal Church, Cape Elizabeth
- Bracket Memorial United Methodist Church, Peaks Island
- First Lutheran Church, Portland
- Chebeague Island United Methodist Church
- Missio Dei Church, Portland
- Masjid Omar, Portland
- Cumberland Congregational Church
- Cressey Road United Methodist Church, Gorham