Family Promise Lima-Allen County was founded in 2008. The founding members recognized the need for an agency to provide temporary housing for entire families. Other local shelters provide shelter for single males or single females with children, but there was no option for single fathers with custody of their children or for two parent households. Family Promise keeps the family together.
Family Promise of Lima-Allen County is part of a national organization. In 1986, a National Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN) was formed to bring the faith community together to help families regain their housing, their independence, and their dignity. IHN was a partnership of congregations within a community helping families who were facing homelessness. It offered an opportunity for volunteers of all faiths to reduce homelessness and transform lives. In 2003, the organization changed its name to Family Promise to reflect a broader range of programs and reaffirm its core commitment to helping families realize their own potential. To date, Family Promise has established 200+ affiliates in 43 states, using the services of more than 200,000 volunteers and 6,000 congregations. Family Promise of Lima-Allen County joined the national organization in 2008 to serve families in Lima and Allen County.