One of the many ways you can make a difference in the life of a homeless family with children is through Apartment Sponsorship. This provides a community connection and extra layer of support to the families in our programs. You can sponsor a family by yourself, with your family, or with a group. Many of our apartments are sponsored by a faith based community. Check out Friends of Harford Family House for a current list of our Apartment Sponsors.
Below is more detailed information about the role and responsibilities of apartment sponsors.
Your role will be to provide a homeless family with a tangible connection to their community that will help them begin the process of achieving self-sufficiency. You will walk alongside the family and encourage them throughout this journey in their lives.
We ask for a minimum of a one year commitment, with monthly contact either in person, by phone, or in writing.
Prepare apartment/house for the incoming family, which includes:
- Light housekeeping
- Restocking the unit with linens/dishes/etc. from the HFH storage room
- Stocking the unit with cleaning supplies from HFH storage room
- Optional: provide a welcome gift that could include gifts for children or a gift card to a local grocery store (Shop Rite, Mars, or Walmart)
- We encourage you to make contact with the family within 1-2 weeks of admission.
Assist the families:
- During holidays – this could mean purchasing gifts and/or preparing meals
- During birthdays – this could also mean purchasing gifts and/or baking a cake
- Other needs as able in coordination with the case manager
Support the family throughout their stay within the program by:
- Making periodic telephone calls
- Scheduling periodic visits
- Inviting them to community activities
- Attending children’s sports events or concerts
- Sending cards and notes of encouragement