Family Promise Info



BHCC hosting weeks for Family Promise in 2020 are as follows:

February 9-16;  February 23-March 1;  May 3-10

 July 12-19;  September 20-27;  December 20-27


The host week always starts on a Sunday afternoon and ends the following Sunday by 8:00 a.m.


Many volunteers are needed to prepare meals, serve as evening and overnight hosts, drive, coordinate activities, purchase and organize supplies, and assist in many other ways.  Although most hosts are adults, youth can participate as well by arranging activities for young children and socializing with older kids.  Volunteering together as a family is a great way to teach your own children generosity of spirit.  We are always excited to welcome new volunteers!  If you would like to help, please contact our Family Promise Coordinator, Jean Miewald:  Phone:  412-221-2114;  MiewaldJM@upmc.edu


To volunteer or to learn more, contact our additional Family Promise contacts:

Dinner HostDarenda Lease, 412-854-4481 or dlease109@comcast.net

  • Consists of preparing a meal for 14 people or less (plus the hosts!). An estimated number of guests and information is usually confirmed / communicated the week before hosting. Meals should be simple; a meat, veggie, starch, dessert.  The dinner host stays until the overnight host arrives.

Overnight HostsBetsy Hohlfelder, 412-341-1029 or betsyho@verizon.net

  • Overnight Hosts arrive between 8:00 and 8:15 p.m., interact with the guests until bedtime and then sleep in the chapel. After the guests leave in the morning, the overnight hosts make sure windows are shut, lights are turned off and doors are locked.

DriversLinda James, lindajames1624@comcast.net

  • Takes approximately an hour of your time daily and provides you with an opportunity to meet and talk with new people.

  • Involves driving the 14 passenger van from BHCC to the Crafton house in the afternoon, picking up our guests, and driving them back to BHCC (and vice versa in the morning). The times for leaving BHCC are usually 6:00 a.m. on weekdays, 7:00 a.m. on weekends, and 4:30 p.m. every afternoon.

Bower Hill Community Church

70 Moffet Street

Mt. Lebanon, PA 15243

Phone: 412-561-4114

Email: Office@bhccml.com