Who We Are


Our mission is to help homeless and low-income families achieve sustainable independence through a community based response.


Our vision is a community in which every family has a home, a livelihood, and the chance to build a better future.

Our Story

Family Promise of Linn County began in 2010 as an idea for how local faith communities could come together to help our neighbors in need. Cedar Rapids and the surrounding area was still reeling from the effects of the 2008 flood and homelessness was on the rise.

A volunteer team worked tirelessly — with the guidance of the national office for Family Promise — to make Family Promise of Linn County a reality. We began serving families in January of 2013. In the first three years of operation alone, 61 families, including over 100 children were cared for and lifted up on their paths to achieve sustainable independence. 

Teaming with the faith community, Family Promise provides warm and welcoming place for families to call home while they get back on their feet and into stable housing. A centrally located 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. We have the capacity to serve up to three families at a time in our shelter program.

Board of Directors

Tammy Stines, President

Anna Patty, Vice President
Be The Good Consulting

Heather Hayes
First Presbyterian Church

Trish Decker
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church

Johanna Sloan

Nancy Garberson, Secretary

Mt. Mercy University

Jeanne Wampler, Treasurer
Wells Fargo Bank

Samantha Streif
Integrated DNA Technologies

David Martin
St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church

April Mead
Jones Lang Lasalle

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