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What We Do

Shelter Availability

Due to the increased need for shelter, we are no longer holding a wait list.  Our availability will be updated as openings are available.  Program shelter rooms will be on a first come first serve basis, priority given to families who are literally homeless in Olmsted County. 

Shelter Availability:
No rooms available

Family Promise Rochester's North Star house can serve 3 families at one time for a maximum of 120 days.  Our availability opens when a family exits the program.  

If you are in need of emergency shelter and we do not have an opening please consider the following options:

Dorothy Day Hospitality House - (507) 282-5172
703 1st St SW Rochester, MN 55902

  • Opens at 4 p.m. 

  • First come first serve

  • Max stay of 21 days

Women's Shelter and Support Center - (507) 285-1010
Location confidential 

  • For individuals experiencing Domestic Violence 

  • First come first serve

Shelter Waiting List

If you would like to placed on the waiting list for shelter please submit the following information to our Case Manager.

  1. First and Last name

  2. Family size

  3. Email address

  4. Phone number

  5. Current living situation


The resources are already there. In the community, there are caring people and organizations that want to help make a difference. With volunteers giving their time, making meals, and sharing hospitality, family homelessness is addressed without the burdensome cost of hiring a multi-person staff. Across the country, people have realized that this innovative approach truly makes a difference for families experiencing homelessness—and more than 200,000 volunteers.

These volunteers are the core of the program. They share food, spend the night, play with children and lend their passion and expertise to help families get back on their feet. They prove that motivated people can solve family homelessness. And, in the process, they truly create “home” – and a community – for families who have no place left to turn.


In every community, these core elements exist. By bringing the community together on the issue of family homelessness, Family Promise addresses a major social problem in a holistic, effective way. Once the community becomes engaged, people understand the root causes of family homelessness and take steps to address them. Family Promise Affiliates have created more than 1,700 community initiatives—housing programs, homelessness prevention, childcare and much more—that target the issues of poverty and homelessness on a local level.


Not only does our 88% success rate mean many more families stably housed, it is also a tremendous cost saving to the community as diversion from far more expensive interventions. Our approach of keeping families together, identifying their strengths, and partnering with the community for solutions means that families are at much lower risk of returning to homelessness.


Family Promise changes lives. We served 126,000 parents and children last year, giving them the ability to realize their true potential. We also change the lives of our 200,000 volunteers, giving them a meaningful outreach right in their own communities.

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