Mission & History


Our mission is to help homeless and low-income families achieve sustainable independence through compassionate care, hospitality and professional support.


When Family Promise began, it was a local response to a problem in Union County, New Jersey. Thirty years later, it is a national movement involving more than 180,000 volunteers and serving more than 50,000 people yearly. At the core of Family Promise are local partnerships, changing lives and addressing family homelessness right in their own community.

With childhood homelessness on the rise in the Cedar Rapids metro area, the Executive Director of a local homeless shelter recommended to the faith community that Family Promise be a solution for Linn County. Family Promise of Linn County began planning it’s affiliation in early 2010. A volunteer team worked tirelessly, with the guidance of the national organization, to put together the components of a successful Family Promise affiliation. In December of 2012 the first Executive Director was hired and we began serving families in January of 2013.

After three and a half years of successfully serving homeless children and their families, it became apparent, due to internal issues, that we needed to shut down and re-group. In August of 2015, Family Promise of Linn County ceased it’s operations and began the process of re-building the program. Much has been learned, and after diligent work, we are now up and running with a new Executive Director, John Derryberry, serving families in need.

Teaming with the faith community, Family Promise provides warm and welcoming environments for families to call home while they get back on their feet and into sustainable housing. A centrally located Family Day Center provides showers, laundry and a place for parents to look for jobs and housing. A dedicated board of directors oversees and manages the program, providing support to its staff.