About Us

At Family Promise Chicago North Shore, we are dedicated to helping families who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless get back on their feet and provide a stable lifestyle for their children.

Our People

Tracy McKeithen

Executive Director - Tracy Lawson McKeithen, M.A.

Tracy joined Family Promise in August of 2011.  She brings an extensive background in social services, with 20 year’s experience in program management, job training, and life skills for homeless families, including the hard to house and hard to employ populations. Tracy formerly served as Program Manager with Heartland Alliance for their Student & Family Support initiative and Homeless Prevention & Rapid Housing program. McKeithen holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology and a master’s degree in psychology. 

What drew Ms. McKeithen to Family Promise was the model of keeping the family together and providing care for the whole family as a unit unlike shelters where spouses and older male children are typically separated. “I was also very impressed to meet the many volunteers who ‘pay it forward’ by volunteering with families”, says McKeithen. “I fell in love with Family Promise – it’s so much more than where I work”.


Program Manager - Tuan Nguyen

Tuan started with Family Promise in the fall of 2020.  His previous experience included working as a Foster Care Case Manager, Housing Case Manager and and as a Resident Services Coordinator at Catholic Charities. He lives nearby in Rogers Park. He has a Bachelor's degree in Sociology & Political Science from Trinity Christian College. 

How it works

We Have a Unique Solution

We keep families together.  Traditional shelters often require men and older male children to separate from mothers and small children.  We provide a safe environment where we can care for the whole family as a unit.

We Leverage Community Resources

We provide transitional shelter using the existing facilities of local congregations and organizations, making our model very cost-effective.

We bring people in need together with people who want to help. We provide the framework that turns compassion into action.

We Provide a Daytime Location

Unlike most shelter programs, we also offer our families a daytime location which provides them with a mailing address, job search resources, and a place to have their children picked up for school.

Keeping Families Housed

Last year we were involved in 700 calls with the goal of keeping families housed.  These calls involved social service agencies, landlords and the families.

We Address the Root Causes of Family Homelessness

We provide supportive services tailored to each family to address the root causes of their homelessness. Through workshops, training, and counseling, each family develops a stabilization plan to prepare them for independence.  

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Karen Aikens-  Case Manager

Jim Greene & Elnora Parks- Van Drivers

Board of Directors:

Mr. Jed Bassett (Secretary)

Ms. Abra Berkley

Mr. Neil Cohen

Mr. Rick Drake

Ms. Katie Hauser

Ms. Juliet Flood

Ms. Julia Joehl

Mr. Kevin Nelson (Board President)

Mr. Steve Sudhoff (Treasurer)

Partnering Congregations

  • Am Yisrael Synagogue

  • Beth Hillel Congregation Bnai Emunah

  • Congregation Hakafa

  • Congregation Sukkat Shalom

  • Christ Church of Winnetka

  • Ebenezer African Methodist Episcopal Church

  • First Congregational Church of Evanston

  • First Presbyterian Church of Wilmette

  • Glencoe Union Church

  • Gloria Dei Lutheran Church

  • Grace Lutheran Church

  • Kenilworth Union Church

  • Northfield Community Church

  • Northminster Presbyterian Church 

  • North Shore Congregation Israel

  • North Shore United Methodist Church

  • Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church

  • St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church

  • St. Elisabeth’s Episcopal Church 

  • St. James Armenian Church 

  • St. John’s Lutheran Church

  • Saints Joseph & Francis Xavier Catholic Church

  • St. Nicholas Catholic Church 

  • St. Norbert Catholic Church 

  • St. Paul’s African Methodist Episcopal Church

  • Temple Jeremiah Synagogue 

  • Winnetka Covenant Church   

  • Winnetka Presbyterian Church 

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