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Founded in Summit, New Jersey in 1988, Family Promise is a national organization that comprises more than 200 affiliates in 43 states that work together to transform the lives of families experiencing homelessness. What began as a local response to a problem in Union County, New Jersey has grown over the last 30 years into a national movement involving more than 200,000 volunteers nationwide who serve more than 125,000 people yearly. Today Family Promise is the leading national nonprofit addressing the issue of family homelessness. While we’ve grown, the core of what we do is still local – partnerships within a city or county changing lives for the better.

We are Family Promise

Transforming the lives of families experiencing homelessness.
Because every child deserves a home.

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June 8, 2024 – We've updated our front recognize our affiliation with Family Promise. The name change took effect in 2016 when Eau Claire Interfaith Hospitality Network affiliated with Family Promise national. Bringing us into the fold of 200 other family shelters around the US and the resources to help us grow into what we are today. We love out new look.

June 7, 2024 – WOW!! We just don't know how to adequately thank the team at Morrie’s Eau Claire Subaru For a few years now Family Promise of the Chippewa Valley/Beacon House has been the recipient of Subaru Cares donations through the local dealership. We truly appreciate their generosity towards our mission of ending family homelessness in the Chippewa Valley. This year's donation exceeded anything that we could possibly hope. All we can say is Thank You! Thank You! Thank You Morrie's Eau Claire Subaru! You came through for us big time and we love you all! Morrie's Eau Claire Subaru cares!

June 6, 2024 – We're looking for volunteers to assist us with the summer Point In Time count on Wednesday, July 24. Training will start at 10:00 pm and teams will head out for the count around 11:00 pm. Most teams are done around 1:00 am. Family Proomise has to have 6 volunteers to assist with the count. It is actually a fun time. Go to to sign up.

May 31, 2024 – With up to six families in our shelter at a time, feeding up to 25 people could be very difficult. Thankfully, we have 21 congregations that divide up the year each taking a week or splitting part of a week with another congregation to provide us with our evening hot meal. It's an undertaking that our Congregational Volunteer Coordinators make look easy. Each night volunteers from the congregation who has chosen to serve that day show up with dinner at about 5:15 pm. The volunteers, and our staff, set up the serving process and at 5:30 pm we start serving dinner. Each night's dinner includes a main course, a vegetable and/or salad, and dessert. Our volunteers are encouraged to join our families for dinner. Dinner takes place in our common room at three large dinning room tables. Leftovers are placed in the refrigerator and families eat them for lunch or snacks throughout the next couple days. It really does look like a family thanksgiving with our families eating together and getting to know the volunteers who have cooked the meal. There have been a few friendships forged at our dinning room tables over the years. We have several weeks in July where our churches could not serve so individuals/families/ or small groups can call and sign up for a night to provide dinner. If your organization/congregation/synagogue would like to find out what it would take to help with feeding our families please call 715-834-4357 or email

May 29, 2024 – A thank you goes out to the Eau Claire Chamber of Commerce Leadership Eau Claire Red Team! For the last several months they have been working on a project for us that has changed our approach to our social media. They did an amazing job! Thanks for all that you did for us Leadership Eau Claire 2024 Red Team!!

May 29, 2024 – Family Promise of the Chippewa Valley/Beacon House functions as a family emergency shelter. Because we are an emergency shelter the length of time a family can stay with us is limited. In that time we need to assess factors that caused this episode of homelessness and build a cooperative plan with the family to get back into a permanent housing situation within the restricted time that the family can stay with us. Unfortunately some of our families come to us with either no previous rental history, or their rental record is so significantly damaged that it will take longer than the maximum allowed stay to get them housed again. So that we don't have to send those families back out onto the street we own a duplex that allows us to house families for a longer period of time. While in our transitional house (transition from shelter to permanent housing) the families still receive case management, pay rent (30% of their actual income), and still work to find a more permanent housing situation in the regular rental market. We not only provide case management, but we help them by paying utilities, providing laundry equipment, furniture, appliances, etc. We become their landlord who can provide them with a positive rental record, and hopefully make it easier for them to find a regular apartment. Without this resource we would have to release a family that has been making progress in our emergency shelter, back into the streets when they reached their maximum number of days that they can be in emergency shelter. This type of setback can destroy all the progress they were able to make in the shelter. That is why we maintain our transitional house. Is it expensive? Yes. But it is the right thing to do for the families we are working with. If you'd like to help us maintain this resource for our families please go to to make a one-time or set up a recurring donation to help us pay the costs associated with maintaining this property for our families. All donations stay local and keep families with children off the streets in the Chippewa Valley

May 28, 2024 – A big THANK YOU goes out to Newman Catholic Church, Eau Claire for their recent financial donation to Family Promise of the Chippewa Valley/Beacon House. You're a great partner Newman Parish, thank you for all that you do for us here. Not only does Newman Parish make financial contributions to us, but they also provide us with meals several times a year through our Meal Program, and they are one of the primary sponsors/organizers of our Festival Of Toys shopping program each Christmas. We could not do all the things we do without organizations like Newman Parish holding us up financially and in volunteer work. If you would like to have your organization support us, please contact us here and we can chat about how to make that happen. 715-834-4357 Thank you!!

May 27, 2024 – A 1991 study by the League of Women Voters of Eau Claire County showed that there was a great need for housing among low-income residents of the Eau Claire area. While many area churches/synagogues had made extensive efforts to provide emergency aid, the need far outstripped the resources available. During the same time the Director of the National Interfaith Hospitality Network had discussed what they were doing in her hometown. Inspired by her program, a core group of citizens starting looking into the needs and possible solutions in the Eau Claire area. Their findings were that the number of homeless families was growing at an alarming rate and the need for services was overwhelming. In March of 1994 this core group of individuals formed the Eau Claire Interfaith Hospitality Network, Inc. Nineteen area congregations pledged the use of their facilities and the services of their members. the group then spent the next several months planning and building a rotational model of sheltering (the families were kept in local churches and the location of the shelter changed based on which church was hosting that week). This core group of congregations and board members built what we have today from an idea to meet a need to a fully functioning shelter and program to end homelessness for families in the Chippewa Valley. During the next year we will be highlighting some of these stories and the people who got us started. 30 years seems like so long ago, but yet not so long ago for those involved. If these stories inspire you, we’d love to have you come join us as a volunteer, a board member, or a financial contributor…or maybe all three. Learn more about what we are doing today by going to

May 25, 2024 – Thank you to the Hoefgen Family Fund of the Eau Claire Community Foundation for your recent donation. We are most thankful for your support of our mission here at Family Promise of the Chippewa Valley. We rely on private donations from individuals and funds like The Hoefgen Family Fund for over 90% or our operating costs. Every donation is important and every donation is used to help families who are currently struggling with homelessness. Your donations help them get back on their feet and help children find a home. If you'd like to help us in our effort to eliminate homelessness in the Chippewa Valley you can go to our website to make a one-time or a recurring donation. Every dollar helps.

May 23, 2024 – Pre-pandemic we staffed the shelter with volunteers from area churches and organizations. During the pandemic we went to a fully paid staff, but we heard from many that they missed their time with our families. We are far enough past the pandemic at this point that we would LOVE to have volunteers come work some of our shifts again. If you are interested in doing so (it's low stress work with time to read books, and get some hobby work done) please go to our website (linked below) and fill out the Volunteer Inquiry form and we will get back to you to start arranging training and scheduling. Typically we staff two shifts on weekdays, an evening shift from 4:00 pm to 10:30 pm, and an overnight shift 10:30 pm to 8 am. The overnight shift is encouraged to sleep (our families are) and has it's own bedroom and bathroom. On the weekends we staff an 8:00 am to 4:00 pm (day shift), 4:00 pm to 10:30 pm (evening shift), and a 10:30 pm to 8:00 am (overnight shift). Pick your own schedules that work for your schedule. Couples are encouraged to apply and can work together on the same shift (even overnights as the bedroom has two beds in it). This is very rewarding work in a great environment working with families who are trying to get back on their feet again. Questions? Call Scott or Katie at 715-834-4357.