“Be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only” James 1:22
Family Promise is an interfaith non-profit organization committed to helping low-income families achieve lasting independence. Their vision calls for a nation in which every family has a home, a livelihood, and the chance to build a better future together.
Families make up over 40 percent of the homeless population in the United States and one out of every four homeless people is a child. The goals of the Family Promise program are to help homeless families with children regain their housing, their independence, and their dignity. Our role in the process at Grace during our four or five weeks each year when we serve as a host church is to provide short-term housing and meals during the evenings in a loving and caring environment. During the daytime, the adults in each family are given the necessary counseling and resources at the Family Promise Day Center in order to find employment and housing and regain their independence. Nationally, the program has an over than 80 percent success rate.
Volunteers are the foundation of Family Promise and there are many ways that parishioners can help. Whether you provide a hot meal, arrange activities for children, or stay overnight, you can make a difference in the lives of families who have suffered the ordeal of losing their home.
Since we started Family Promise at Grace over five years ago, hundreds of Grace parishioners have served as volunteers. If you would like to join them, please watch for the Family Promise Volunteer Board in the Greeting Area or the online volunteer sheet. Both of these are available approximately one month before our week to host Family Promise guests. If you have questions, please call Family Promise Coordinator Tricia McDuff or Associate Rector for Compassion Ministries Cynthia Park.
Family Promise provides a wonderful opportunity for Grace Church parishioners to continue to answer God’s call to be “doers of the word” while helping put an end to homelessness in Hall County—one family at a time.