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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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May 15, 2024 – We made the news!!! Thank you to The Eau Claire Garden Club, Royal Construction, and anyone that will help. Thanks to a grant from the Eau Claire Garden Club, donated construction help from Royal Construction, and a shelter improvement grant from Eau Claire Community Foundation we're going to have a great place for the kids who are staying here to play and enjoy themselves. And yes, Ginger, we agree that the current courtyard is, as you said, "wretched". If you would like to donate either playground equipment (lightly used covered sandbox, a lightly used water table, or cash to help purchase those items you can go to our website and click on the donate button in the upper right corner.

May 15, 2024 – As we talked about last week, your donations are critical to us being able to achieve our mission. Private and business donations account for about 85-90% of our budget. And most of that comes from individual donations under $100 each. Those one and two time donations are great and we truly appreciate every one of them. They are what sustains us. That's money that will be used to keep a roof over 6 families heads, keep them warm, provide them with a place to stay, food, the support they need, advocacy for them into the programs they need to re-stabilize and get back into permanent housing. It provides the case managers they need to assist and empower them. I wish that you could see the faces of our families two times during their stay here. First, when they come in the door, broken, defeated, and homeless, and the the second time as they leave our shelter, keys in their hand, heading for their new home...proud, ecstatically happy, and ready to take on the world again. This process is free to set up, and costs neither Family Promise of the Chippewa Valley or the person donating anything (however you can voluntarily cover the cost of the processing to assist the non-profit that processes our payments, Zeffy). We recently changed our credit and debit card processor and they offer the ability for our supporters to set up monthly donations. You can set up a donation of any amount to happen automatically each month. A $10.00 per month donation provides $120 a year to FPCV/Beacon House, $20 a month = $240 per year, and $50 = $600 per year. What a great way to help families who are experiencing homelessness for the cost of 2 cups of dessert from Starbucks each month. Maximum impact for a small monthly donation. How can you become involved? Go to and click on the "Donate Now" button on the right side of your screen. From there you will see a button to set up a monthly donation. Chose a preset amount, or you can make up your own amount. Let us know how often you wish the donation to happen and enter your debit or credit card information. Easy-peasy!

May 12, 2024 – To all the Mom's out there. Happy Mother's Day. We hope it is the perfect day that you all deserve!

May 10, 2024 – We're in need of a few things for our families. If you can help us out we would most appreciate it. Items can be purchased locally and dropped off at the Beacon House or they can be purchased from our Amazon shopping list and shipped here. Your donations allow us to use our funding to help our families get reestablished rather than to purchase needed supplies to stock the shelter. We'd be delighted to issue you a receipt for your donation so that you can use it at tax time. We can not be us without all of you who support us. Thank you all in advance for whatever you can do.

May 8, 2024 – A question that we are asked from time-to-time. I believe because people are under the impression that most homeless shelters are funded by the State and/or Federal Government. Our state and federal grants only provide about 10% of our annual budget (and that percentage is shrinking each year even though demand for our services has increased each year). We are heavily reliant on individual and corporate donations for 90% of the money and items that allow us to continue helping families out of homelessness. Most of our funding comes from checks written by private individuals and local businesses out of their commitment to what we do. We would love to see a huge number of monthly donors (like ST. Jude, or ASPCA, or a thousand other "Only $20 per month" organizations), but given the rather regional nature of what we do we really can't pull off that style of campaign. So that means we have to ask those who live, work, and do business in the Chippewa Valley for their continued support with donations. If you are a regular supporter of Family Promise of the Chippewa Valley, we thank you for that support. Only through your donations can we continue to provide housing and support for families struggling with homelessness. If you haven't supported us yet we would be honored if you would go to and set up a monthly, or make a one-time, donation. Monthly donations allow people to have more impact with a small donation each month. $20.00 per month provides $240 per year for the cost of a fast food meal each month. 100% of the money raised stays local and is used to provide shelter, food, case management, support, and empowerment for a family struggling with homelessness. We even use a Credit Card processing site that charges us nothing, so that we get 100% of what you donate (not 93% like most other Credit Card services). As a 501c3 non-profit, your donation is tax-deductible, and you will receive a receipt that can be used on your taxes. Please join us in the fight to end homelessness for families in the Chippewa Valley. Go to

May 6, 2024 – We've got some exciting news. We're turning 30 this year. In March of 1994 Eau Claire Interfaith Hospitality Network was formed and started moving toward becoming an Emergency Family Shelter. Over the next 18 months a vision was built on how to provide shelter for families experiencing homelessness. The dream of a small group of people became a reality as they built support and processes for making this dream come to life. Over the next year watch our page for stories from our early days to today. Stories about those who had the dream, those who picked up the dream and turned it into a reality. We'll be sharing the history of the organization, success stories, stories of our infancy, our first steps, our awkward teen years, and our successes. We're looking forward to celebrating the organization we've become by looking back at the organization we were. Watch this space for more throughout the coming months.

May 2, 2024 – We are currently renovating our courtyard and would appreciate your assistance! We are looking for new or like new outdoor items such as a sandbox with a lid, a water table, a small bike rack, scooters, a storage bench, and a few small side tables. If you would like to donate any of these items, please contact us by phone at (715) 834-4357 or by email at

April 29, 2024 – We are looking for volunteers to provide meals for our families. If you have any questions or are able to help, please give us a call.

April 9, 2024 – We are thrilled to announce the date for our upcoming Hike for the Homeless! Please keep an eye out for registration information, which will be available soon.

April 8, 2024 – It's Sexual Assault Awareness Month. While we are not a Domestic Violence Shelter, we do work with one and urge you to support them in their work with those experiencing Domestic violence. During this month, Bolton Refuge House has planned three events this week to bring attention to the issue and to raise some funds to help them continue operation. Go have fun at their Trivia fundraiser and their Spring Soiree on the 13th. Go learn about sexual assault at their "Time For Change" event on the 12th. Bolton is doing tremendous work and can use the support. Go Bolton!!!