Family Promise of Essex County' mission is to help homeless and at-risk families achieve self-sufficiency by providing shelter, social services, and housing assistance through a community-based approach. FPE envisions a community in which every family has a home, a livelihood, and the chance to build a better future. We began in 1988 as a non-sectarian response to the crisis of family homelessness in Essex County. Our holistic approach to the crisis of family homelessness includes three areas of focus: shelter, stabilization, and prevention. Our shelter system consists of a network of congregations that provide families with overnight shelter, meals, and support. In addition, our professional staff provide ongoing case management and related social services.