This year, Family Promise celebrates 30 years of transforming lives and empowering families to independence. Family Promise of White & Habersham, an Affiliate of Family Promise, is proud to be part of this nationwide effort to help homeless children and families and the week of Sunday, October 21 through Sunday, October 28, has been designated Family Promise Week.
Family Promise Week will be celebrated nationwide and in the 206 communities where there is a Family Promise Affiliate. Since 1988, Family Promise has helped more than 825,000 people—men, women and children—with housing, case management and other services.
Started as a local effort to address the crisis of family homelessness, Family Promise works on the principle that the elements to help children and their families—who make up nearly 35% of all people who are homeless—are already in the community. The program brings together houses of worship to provide temporary homes, facilities to provide space during the day for case management, and most importantly, thousands of volunteers who, by sharing a few hours of their time, enable families to turn their lives around.
Family Promise of White & Habersham celebrated five years of service this past June thanks to the unwavering support of its partnership with 12 local church congregations and over 500 volunteers. Because of the extent of in-kind contributions, Family Promise of White & Habersham is able to help families despite a very low budget—while at the same time building community between its volunteers and the families served in the program.
During Family Promise Week, Family Promise of White & Habersham will highlight the extent of the need right here in our community. In 2018 alone, Family Promise congregations and volunteers have humbly served 27 children and 25 adults as well as supported 271 families by referral connecting them with additional programs and services. The program’s success rate—families still sustaining independence—has grown to 83%.
Family Promise Week will help spread community awareness of the crisis of family homelessness here in Northeast Georgia.