What is Family & Senior Homeless Initiative (FSHI)?
- A community effort at the request of the Mayor of Denver to end homelessness for families and seniors, patterned after Family Rescue Ministry. (Founded in 1988, Family Rescue Ministry has seen 75–80% of needy families maintain their housing one year later).
- Congregations and service organizations helping 1,000 homeless families and seniors into permanent housing over a 10-year period. FSHI's new goal is helping 1,500 families by 2015.
What is the sponsoring group commitment?
- Sponsor a homeless family or senior with $1,200 toward first month’s rent and deposit through FSHI.
- Form a mentor team of 2–6 people.
- Mentor a family or senior for a minimum of 7 meetings over 4–6 months.
What is the mentoring team commitment?
- Participate in 90-minute training.
- Meet 7 times over 4–6 months with family/senior.
- Guide family/senior toward self sufficiency.
What is FSHI's commitment to the mentoring team?
- Provide training session for mentors.
- Provide outline for each mentor meeting.
- Supply mentoring tools such as financial and parenting guidebooks.
- Offer follow-up throughout mentoring outreach.
What are the mentoring team's areas of focus?
- Provide financial budgeting guidance.
- Give material, relational and spiritual support.
- Guide family/senior toward meeting personal goals.