Emporia “Family Promise” needs volunteers to house homeless families


No matter the beliefs, denomination, or organization, Family Promise of the Flint Hills is a non-profit organization working to open a homeless shelter in Emporia.

“We began to spread the idea to the community that we needed to do something here in Emporia,” chairman Douglas Epp said. “We needed a place to put families that had become homeless.”

Giving families a place to call home. With the help of at least 13 different host sites that dedicate at least 4 weeks out of the year to have families stay at.

Board leaders said they saw a need for the kids. They saw there was a women’s shelter and a men’s shelter, but not a family shelter. And that’s the goal of Family Promise. To give families a tact and stable to stay together and get back on their feet.

The Emporia school district says there are about 50 students enrolled in the district who are homeless. That’s one reason why the group of board leaders decided it was time to change that.

“To be Christ’s hands and feet throughout our community, so for me, that’s what drives me,” Epp said.

But the non-profit needs your help to get going. They have 7 different volunteer sites, all different from one another. This has been in the works since 2017 to come to Emporia. There are more than 200 Family Promise affiliates across the U.S.

Or you and a group can become volunteers if you don’t have a place to offer as a host site. For example, Emporia State University honor hall students are ready to volunteer at a site for Family Promise.

Family Promise is also taking donations for the meals and other resources the organization is offering to families.

If you’d like to learn more about how to get involved, you can email doug.epp54@gmail.com or call at  620-481-9725.

You can also donate by clicking here.

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